How to say may I? (point at chair, door) in Finnish: voinko?

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How to say may I? (point at chair, door) in Finnish: voinko?

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

To say may I? (point at chair, door) in Finnish: voinko?
Say it out loud: “vo in koh?

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Some more helpful words in our Finnish Courtesy/Questions category:

...the bathroom – …kylpyhuone  (kil pih hu oh neh)
come with me – tule mukaan  (tuh leh mu kaan)
do you speak english? – puhutko englantia?  (poh whot koh engl un tia)
excellent – erinomainen  (eh rin om ah ih nen)
excuse me – anteeksi  (an teh ex ih)
good / bad – hyvä / huono  (hih vah / who oh noh)
how do you say…? – miten sanotaan…?  (mi ten son oh taan)
how much is this? – kuinka paljon tämä maksaa?  (kuin kah pahlyon tah mah xaah)
may I? (point at chair, door) – voinko?  (vo in koh?)
maybe – ehkä  (eh kah)
no problem – Ei mitään  (ay me taan)
please – kiitos  (kee eh tos)
thanks – kiitti  (kee eh tih)
what is that? – mikä tuo on?  (mi kah t uh oh on)
where is… – missä on…  (miss ah on)
yes / no – kyllä / ei  (kil lah / ay)
you are welcome – Ole hyvä  (oh leh hih vah)

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)" (voinko?), 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 Finnish Language Set.

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