"Sono spiacente."

Translation:I am sorry.

December 31, 2012



I have to agree. While 'spiacente' is not incorrect it is not used by speakers in an everyday scenario. 'Mi dispiace' would make more sense to teach this early.

February 7, 2013


I believe "Sono spiacente" means something similar to "I am sorry" and "Mi dispiace" means something similar to "Forgive me". However, whereas the former is more usual/informal in English, the latter is more usual/informal in Italian. Just like in Brazilian Portuguese. If you Bump into someone in the street you'll would say "(Me) desculpa" in Brazil and "Mi dispiace" in Italy, not "Sinto muito" or "Sono spiacente". In the Angloworld, however, you would say "(I'm) sorry", not "Forgive me" . Nevertheless the words for expressing how you feel (regardless of whether it's not commonly used or not) is I'm sorry / Sono spiacente / Sinto muito, whereas the expression used for asking pardon is Forgive me / Mi dispiace / Me desculpa.

December 21, 2013


Good to know. Thanks.

April 5, 2014


Excellent Explanation My Friend.

September 12, 2014


Can someone explain? Is this a very formal way of saying sorry? Would it be used by a politician or someone who needs to speak formally? Is this type of word used only in writing, like on a sign?

August 1, 2013


Any politician but Berlusconi!

February 4, 2014


I'd never heard of "spiacente" up to now. Thanks to niltnn to put this into context, too.

February 4, 2014


spiacente is never used. "mi dispiace" is the correct way of saying it. 100% sure of this.

January 8, 2013


Note: "Spiacente" is a formal expression, you may read it in commercial, legal communications for ex.

September 12, 2013


Yes, I agree that "spiacente" is a formal expression and it is used more at work, commercial communications, etc...:)

September 14, 2013


I just don't think "spiacente" is used all that often, in my experience. I've always been taught to use "Mi dispiace" for "I'm sorry", and never heard "spiacente" when I travelled to Italy.

January 4, 2013


that's right, but that doesn't mean spiacente is wrong.

January 8, 2013


I also want to state that to my experience -nobody- uses spiacente. They all say "mi dispiace".

February 26, 2013


I wrote 'they're sorry' and got marked wrong...strong ambiguosity, this stuff needs to be fixed for both cases, as they both make sense

December 31, 2012


I think in the case of 'sono - they are', the word 'spiacente' should be conjugated to form a plurar. Thus: 'sono spiacente' means 'i am sorry', and 'sono spiacenti' (with an i) means 'they are sorry' (not commonly used). Note the plural in 'siamo spiacenti' - we are sorry.

January 1, 2013


Yes- but wouldn't "spiancente" theoretically be the FEMININE plural?

March 7, 2013


Not really, no. Since the root word ends in an "e" which is the singular, as thom36 stated above, the word is used in a dual masculine and feminine sense. Words like this do occur.

March 7, 2013


I've been to Italy a couple of times and my Italian isn't that great but I've never heard sono spiacente. It's always Mi dispiace and thats what I was taught...

April 13, 2013


yes, studied italian extensively in school, and lived in italy for a time... Sono spiacente is a phrase I never heard;

mi dispiace is always used.

September 24, 2013


Haven't you ever listened to Madonna's "Sorry"?

December 21, 2013



March 18, 2014


In my seven years of Italian taught by name speakers (one Northerner and one Southener), including 2 I tips to Italy, I've only heard "mi dispiace" in common usage. Agree w/ Frunden above that teaching the common usage Would be most helpful, particularly at earlier stages.

February 17, 2014


Italian guy here: "Sono spiacente" is way more formal and actually never used, even with a person you never met before. If you accidentally bump into someone you say "Mi dispiace" or "Mi scusi" unless you want to receive the "You're weird" look

May 9, 2014


I never heard this while studying in Italy

May 31, 2014


I wonder why Sono Spiacente is not translated as They are sorry?

February 14, 2013


"they are sorry" would be "sono spiacenti" (the plural for spiacente)

May 18, 2014


How can I prounance the "mi dispiace" correct version? And what does the "mi" mean? Help! Thx :-)

March 1, 2014


Mi in Italian would be 'me' in English (mi dispiace='excuse me', literally. Mi piace= I like, literally '(it) pleases me').

Pronounce Mi the same as 'me' in English and dispiace - dis-pee-uh-ch-eh.

May 18, 2014


Is sono used for both 'I am' and 'they are'?

March 25, 2014


As a rule, yes but then notice that what follows would be conjugated in the singular for "I am" and in the plural for "they are".

May 18, 2014


Can we drop this phrase by now? I am pretty sure everyone says me despiace (dispiace?) now.

June 4, 2014


Sono spiacente means I am sorry right. Would that be formal? And also I thought about translating just spiacente and i got afraid. Why is that?

June 17, 2014


I have a dear friend who was recently diagnosed with cancer. He is now going through the painful and debilitating treatment. I'm wondering how I can express my sorrow about it all. I will try below... Se sbaglia, per favore mi corregga! Grazie!

Mi dispiace, mio amico, a sentire della tua malattia. Spero sinceramente che tu stia bene di nuovo molto presto. Io prego per questo.

October 18, 2016

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