What are the common ways of responding to an apology? In English, if someone says "Sorry I didn't/couldn't do (whatever)" (or simply bumps into you accidentally and says "sorry") we'd say things like:

  • No problem.
  • It's fine.
  • Don't worry about it.
  • It's cool.
  • No worries.

What phrases can be used for this situation in Spanish?

  • No es nada is what I hear quite often in series and película, most times accompanied with an hombre, chico, tía, etc. Jun 4, 2015 at 17:47
  • No hay de que is another possibility, meaning "no need (to apologize)" Oct 10, 2020 at 18:16

3 Answers 3


You can say the following:

  • No hay problema = No problem.
  • No importa. = It's fine.
  • No te preocupes. = Don't worry about it.
  • Está bien. = It's cool.

As to "no worries" I can't think of a proper translation. But anothe alternative is "tranquilo".

  • "No worries" is just the Australian colloquial way to say exactly the same as "no problem". Nov 27, 2011 at 11:39
  • It's not just Australian. It's used across the UK, too
    – Brian E
    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:52

Don't know if it is universally accepted, but "no es nada" is very usual:

Disculpe, no quise pisarle la nariz

No te preocupes, no es nada


In Spain at least:

If someone bumps into you accidentally and says "sorry", you can answer "sorry" too (Perdón), or "no problem" (No pasa nada) or just "Nada". But answering "tranquilo" could sound like "hey, relax man" or "keep it easy" if it's not said politely :)

Answering an apology for something more formal would be just the offerings on the previous reply.

  • Glad to be of help! Jun 26, 2013 at 11:08

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