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Learning Croatian for travel or study? Let’s try this term:
To say may I? (point at chair, door) in Croatian: mogu ja?
Say it out loud: “moe goo yah?“
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Some more helpful words in our Croatian Courtesy/Questions category:
...the bathroom – ...zahod (…zah' hahd)
come with me – dođite sa mnom (doe dee tay sahm noam)
do you speak english? – govorite li engleski? (go vuh ree tee lee engleskee)
excuse me – oprostite (oh pro stee tay)
good / bad – dobro / loše (doe bro / lō shay)
how do you say…? – kako se kaže? (kah koe say kah zhay?)
how much is this? – koliko je to? (koe lee koe yay toe?)
may I? (point at chair, door) – mogu ja? (moe goo yah?)
maybe – možda (moash duh)
no problem – nije problem (nee yay prah blehm)
please – molim (moe leem)
thank you – hvala (hvah luh)
what is that? – što je to? (shtoe yay toe?)
where is… – gdje je ... (gyay yay…)
yes / no – da / ne (dah / nay)
you are welcome – nema na čemu (nay ma nah chay moo)
And here’s how to say may I? (point at chair, door) in other languages!
Arabic–Men Fadlek (men fad lek)
Chinese–Kěyǐ Ma? (Kuh Ee Ma?)
Croatian–mogu ja? (moe goo yah?)
Czech–Můžu? (moo zoo?)
Finnish–voinko? (vo in koh?)
French–Puis je? (peej)
German–kann ich… (kahn iH)
Italian–posso (poh sew)
Japanese–Ii Desuka? (Ee Dess Kah?)
Korean–Sillyehapnida. (Shil Le Ham Ni Da.)
Polish–mogę? (mo' geh?)
Portuguese–Posso? (poh soo?)
Russian–mozhno? (moh zhnah?)
Spanish–puedo? (pway doh)
Swahili–naweza (na weh za)
Thai–… Dai Mai? (… DAI mai?)
Turkish–buyurun (booh ya rahn)
Vietnamese–Tôi Có Thể...? (Toy Caw Te…?)
It doesn't matter how tired you are, or how many chairs are available in your host's house or near a group of people in a restaurant. You do not just plop yourself on a chair. It is just not polite. But if you start with the phrase "may I? (point at chair, door)" (mogu ja?), then unless the chair is taken, everyone will happily nod and allow you to join their group.
More courtesy questions are available on our instant access to the Croatian Language Set.