Quick answer
"Can you help me?" is a phrase which is often translated as "¿Me puedes ayudar?", and "excuse me" is a phrase which is often translated as "perdón". Learn more about the difference between "Can you help me?" and "excuse me" below.
Can you help me?(
kahn
 
yu
 
hehlp
 
mi
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to address one person)
a. ¿Me puedes ayudar?
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
I can't carry this by myself. Can you help me?No puedo cargar esto yo solo. ¿Me puedes ayudar?
b. ¿Me ayudas?
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
I can't work out the answer to this sum. Can you help me?No sé hacer esta cuenta. ¿Me ayudas?
c. ¿Me puede ayudar?
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(singular)
Excuse me, sir, can you help me, please?Disculpe, señor, ¿me puede ayudar, por favor?
d. ¿Me ayuda?
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(singular)
Can you help me with this spreadsheet, please?¿Me ayuda con esta hoja de cálculo, por favor?
2. (used to address multiple people)
a. ¿Me ayudan? (plural)
Can you help me with these boxes if you're not busy?¿Me ayudan con estas cajas si no están ocupados?
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excuse me(
ehk
-
skyuz
 
mi
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to attract attention)
a. perdón
Excuse me. Could I have a menu, please?Perdón, ¿me puede traer un menú, por favor?
b. disculpe
Excuse me. Is this the right train for New York?Disculpe, ¿es este el tren para ir a Nueva York?
2. (used to ask for something to be repeated)
a. perdone
Excuse me; I didn't hear what you said.Perdone, no oí lo que dijo.
b. cómo (less formal)
Have you seen Anna? - Excuse me?¿Has visto a Anna? - ¿Cómo?
3. (used to apologize)
a. perdone
Excuse me! I thought this seat was free.¡Perdone! Pensé que este asiento estaba libre.
b. perdón
I didn't realize you were in a meeting. Excuse me.No me di cuenta de que estabas en una reunión. Perdón.
4. (used to ask permission to go past)
a. permiso
He didn't even say "excuse me"; he just barged past.Ni siquiera dijo "permiso", pasó a empujones.
5. (used to ask to be allowed to deal with something else)
a. permítame
Please excuse me a minute. I need to check something.Permítame un momento, por favor. Tengo que comprobar algo.
6. (used to object or disagree)
a. un momento
Excuse me! I was first in line.¡Un momento! Yo estaba primero.
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