Scusi and permesso
Words by Pat Eggleton
We use “scusi” to draw attention, for example if we want to stop someone to ask the way:
Scusi, signore /signora, dov’è il municipio, per favore? - Excuse me, where is the town hall, please?
We can also use “scusi or “mi scusi” to apologise.
This is the polite form.
If you are talking to someone you know well, you can use “scusa”.
We use “permesso” when we need to get past someone.