How to say may I? (point at chair, door) in Polish: mogę?

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How to say may I? (point at chair, door) in Polish: mogę?

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

To say may I? (point at chair, door) in Polish: mogę?
Say it out loud: “mo' geh?

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

...the bathroom – toaleta  (towa leh' ta)
come with me – Chodź ze mną  (Hotsh zae mno)
do you speak english? – Czy mówisz po angielsku?  (chee moo veesh' po an gyel' skoo?)
excellent – znakomity  (zna ko mee' ty)
excuse me – przepraszam  (pshe pra' sham)
good / bad – dobry / zły  (do' bree / zlee)
how do you say…? – Jak mówisz  (Yahk moo' veesh?)
how much is this? – Ile to kosztuje?  (Ela to kosh too' yeah?)
may I? (point at chair, door) – mogę?  (mo' geh?)
maybe – może  (mo' zheh)
no problem – Nie ma za co  (Nyeah ma za' tzo)
please – proszę  (pro' sheh)
thank you – dziękuję  (jen koo' yeh)
thanks – dzięki  (jen' kee)
what is that? – Co to jest?  (Tzo to yest?)
where is… – Gdzie jest?  (Jiye yest?)
yes / no – tak / nie  (tak / nyeah)

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)" (mogę?), 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 Polish Language Set.

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Agnieszka Piasecka
Biography: Agnieszka Piasecka comes from Poland. She speaks Polish, Russian and English. Agnieszka completed a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from Catholic University of Lublin. For several years she has worked as a Landscape Architect in Dublin, Ireland. In 2011 she decided it was time for a change of scenery (and weather) and she moved to China. She currently works as a Project Designer in Nanjing.
Born: Pulawy, Poland
Location: Nanjing, China

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