Do you know the phrase for “excuse me” in Spanish??
It’s “Con (su) permiso” this literally means = With (your)Permission.
It’s a simple little phrase & if you learn it you will sound very : educated, polite, and impress others with your Spanish.
“Con permiso” is a very common, and versatile expression. Let’s explore it’s usage.
#1 It can be used to excuse yourself to get by someone, especially when people are talking, and you must interrupt them to get by. Sometimes people will add the word “SU” the formal or extra polite form of the word YOU= Con su permiso. When you say this often times you will hear as a response : “Propio” =Proper (Meaning you are proper, it is proper… you’re polite, how polite of you, of course go ahead…etc) Or “Pase usted” = Please,go ahead, Do go on by
#2 Another use for “con permiso” is when entering a home. = “Excuse me, I’m coming in”.
#3 : If you are doing something with people whom you should be respectful towards such as talking to your girlfriend/ boyfriend’s parents, a boss, teacher etc… When leaving it is poper to excuse yourself by saying “Con Permiso”= “I will be going now”.
#4 Can be used to mean “May I” or “excuse me” when partaking or making use of something i.e. taking food, making use of a telephone…etc
Compermiso is basically an “excuse me.” It can be casual or formal depending on they way you use it. For example: If you are watching T.V , and someone happens to stand in front of it (sound familiar? LOL It does for me. I have a friend who always gets so intrigued with stuff on T.V that he ends up standing right next to it =P ) you can say “con permiso” to ask them to clear the way. In colloquial Spanish , the phrase has been shortened to “CON PER” it is oftten said runned together “comper” this version is very fun, friendly, & casual. It is often used by youngsters. If the T.V situation should occur and there is no response lol ( the person’s being a goof, or hypnotized by the boob tube) you can switch compermiso to “Com-per!” = ex-cuse me!!” lol
Another form of “Con permiso” is = Con permisito .This is the diminutive version. The diminutive in Spanish is not always used to make things small. It is very very commonly used to soften words or indicate affection. Simply put, when you want to sound cute or make a request come out in a extra nice tone, rather than a commanding one you can use it. Saying conpermisito would connote a meaning of “with your dear, caring, benevolent, wonderful permission”
Examples: A guy could say this to a girl when he wants to get by & sound cute or extra polite. Another example would be, say you are late and are trying to get to your seat at a theater , or class…etc The diminutive “compermisito” can soften the embarrassing / rude factor of the situation.