How to say can we have...? in French: pouvons-nous avoir...?

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pouvons-nous avoir…?

Learning French for travel or study? Let’s try this term:

To say can we have...? in French: pouvons-nous avoir...?
Say it out loud: “poo vahn noo suh vwah...?

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Some more helpful words in our French More Dining Basics category:

...some (of) – …un peu de  (…oon puh doo)
...this/that – …cette  (…set)
all done – ça suffit  (seh soo fee)
another – un autre  (ah no truh)
Bon appétit! – Bon appétit!  (boan ah pay tee)
can I have…? – puis-je avoir...?  (pee jhay vwah…?)
can I see…? – puis-je voir…?  (peej vwah…?)
can we have...? – pouvons-nous avoir...?  (poo vahn noo suh vwah...?)
can we see ...? – peut-on voir…?  (peh tahn vwah…?)
Cheers! – À votre santé  (ah' voe tray sahn tray)
Eat! Eat! – manger!  (mahn jhay!)
I am hungry – J'ai faim  (zhay fah)
I am thirsty – J'ai soif  (zhay swahf)
I ate – j'ai mangé  (jhay mahn jhay)
I would like… – je voudrais…  (jhay voo draw…)
we ate – nous avons mangé  (noo zuh vahn mahn jhay)
we ate well! – nous avons bien mangé  (noo zuh vahn bee ahn mahn jhay)
we would like… – nous aimerions…  (noo zay mehr ee ohn…)

And here’s how to say can we have...? in other languages!

Arabic–Hal yomkenona Al Hosool Ala…?  (hal yom ke no na al ho sool ala?)
Chinese–Wǒmen Xiǎng Chī /Hē…  (Wo Mun Shyang Chr / Huh…)
Croatian–možemo imati…?  (moe zhay moe ee mah tee?)
Czech–můžeme mít ...?  (moo zeh may meet...?)
Finnish–saisimmeko…?  (sai sim meh koh…?)
French–pouvons-nous avoir...?  (poo vahn noo suh vwah...?)
German–können wir ein haben?  (kohnin veeya iyn hahbin?)
Italian–possiamo avere  (poh see ah mo ah veh ray)
Japanese–…Wo Kudasai.  (…Woh Koo Dah Sai.)
Korean–…Jusigesseoyo?  (… Joo Shi Ge Suh Yo?)
Polish–poprosimy  (po pro see' mee)
Portuguese–Nós Queremos (Comer/Beber)...  (no-ees kehr eh moos (koh mehr/be behr))
Russian–mozhem li my…?  (mozhem li my…?)
Spanish–podemos tener…?  (poe day mōs tin air...?)
Swahili–twaweza pata  (twah weh zah pah tah)
Thai–Ao … Dai Mai?  (ao ... dai mai?)
Turkish–biz … alabilir miyim?  (biz ala bee leer mee yim)
Vietnamese–Chúng Tôi Có Thể Có ….?  (Chung Toy Caw Te Caw …?)

Once at a destination you experience diverse items you can sample from and only by asking politely can you be assured of receiving something of better quality than an individual who asked impolitely ""can we have...?" (pouvons-nous avoir...?) your best meal of the day?" Once again, politeness is key. More polite phrases are in our instant access to the French Language Set.

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