How to say may I? (point at chair, door) in German: kann ich…

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How to say may I? (point at chair, door) in German: kann ich…

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

To say may I? (point at chair, door) in German: kann ich…
Say it out loud: “kahn iH

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

...the bathroom – die toilette  (dee twah let)
come with me – kommen sie mit  (kohm men zee mitt)
do you speak english? – sprechen sie english?  (shpreh kin see english?)
excuse me – entschuldigen sie  (ent shool' duh gen zee)
excuse me (to get past) – entschuldigung  (in shool dee gung)
good / bad – gut / schlecht  (goot / shlest)
how do you say…? – wie sagt man…  (vee zahgt mahn…)
how much is this? – wie viel kostet das?  (vee feel cost it dahs?)
may I? (point at chair, door) – kann ich…  (kahn iH)
maybe – vielleicht  (vill eyesht)
no problem – kein problem  (kine prob leem)
please – bitte  (bit tuh)
sorry – pardon  (pahr dohn)
thank you – danke  (dahn kuh)
what is that? – was ist das?  (vahst is dahs?)
where is… – wo ist  (woe ist)
yes / no – ja / nein  (yah / nine)

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)" (kann ich…), 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 German Language Set.

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