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Learning French for travel or study? Let’s try this term:
To say may I? (point at chair, door) in French: Puis je?
Say it out loud: “peej“
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Some more helpful words in our French Courtesy/Questions category:
...the bathroom – La toilette (leh twoi let)
come with me – Venez avec moi (ven ay vek mwah)
do you speak english? – Parlez-vous anglais? (pah lay voo ahn glay)
excuse me – Excusez moi (excuse eh mwah)
excuse me (to get past) – Pardon (pahr dohn)
good / bad – bon / mauvais (boh / moo vay)
how do you say…? – Comment dit-on (kuh mahn dee thahn)
how much is this? – Combien est-ce? (comb bee in ess)
may I? (point at chair, door) – Puis je? (peej)
maybe – Peut-être (puh tet huh)
no problem – pas de problème (pah deh prah blem)
please – S'il vous plaît (see voo play)
sorry – pardon (pahr doh)
thank you – Merci (mehr see)
what is that? – Qu'est que c'est (kehs kuh say)
where is… – Où est (ooh est)
yes / no – Oui / non (wee / no)
you are welcome – De rien (deh ree anh)
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)" (Puis je?), 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 French Language Set.