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Learning Korean for travel or study? Let’s try this term:
To say may I? (point at chair, door) in Korean: Sillyehapnida.
Say it out loud: “Shil Le Ham Ni Da.“
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Some more helpful words in our Korean Courtesy/Questions category:
...the bathroom – ...Hwajangsil (…Hwa Jang Shil)
come with me – Iri Oseyo. (Ee Ri Oh Se Yo.)
do you speak english? – Yeongeo Hal Jul Aseyo? (Young Uh Hal Jool Ah Se Yo?)
excellent – Aju Johayo. (Ah Joo Jo Ah Yo.)
excuse me – Sillyehapnida. (Shil Le Ham Ni Da.)
excuse me (to get past) – Jamsimanyo. (Jam Shi Man Yo.)
good / bad – Johayo. / Nappayo. (Jo Ah Yo. / Na Bba Yo.)
how do you say…? – …Ga Mwoyeyo? (…Ga Mo Ae Yo?)
how much is this? – Igeoneun Eolmayeyo? (Ee Go Nun Uhl Ma Ae Yo?)
maybe – Amado (Ah Ma Do)
no problem – Gwaenchanhayo. (Gwen Chan Ah Yo.)
please – Butakhaeyo. (Boo Taak Hae Yo.)
sorry – Mianhapnida. (Mi An Ham Ni Da.)
thank you – Gamsahapnida. (Gam Sa Ham Ni Da.)
thanks – Gomawoyo. (Go Ma Wo Yo.)
what is that? – Jeogeoneun Mwoyeyo? (Jo Go Nun Mo Ae Yo?)
where is… – …Ga Eodiipnikka? (…Ga Uh Dee Im Ni Ka?)
yes / no – Ne / Aniyo (Ne / Ah Nee Yo.)
you are welcome – Cheonmaneyo. (Chun Man Ae Yo.)
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)" (Sillyehapnida.), 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 Korean Language Set.