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How to say "sorry!"

Is there any difference between 죄송합니다 and 미안합니다?
In English, when I'm unclear about something or misspeak, I might say a quick "sorry!" to the person I'm speaking to, after the mistake is corrected. Would it sound too formal to say "죄송합니다" in the same situation in Korean? Is there a simple way to politely apologize for my mistake and show my appreciation for having patience with me?

For learning: Korean
Base language: English
Category: Language



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    The ending "-ㅂ니다" makes a sentence into a formal one.:)
    Both can be used in a formal speech, but "죄송합니다" sound a bit more formal.
    You can use the ending "-아/어/여 요" instead of "-ㅂ니다" when you wan to say "sorry" in a polite and informal way like "죄송해요"/"미안해요" or "제 실수예요".


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