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Learning Portuguese for travel or study? Let’s try this term:
To say may I? (point at chair, door) in Portuguese: Posso?
Say it out loud: “poh soo?“
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Some more helpful words in our Portuguese Courtesy/Questions category:
...the bathroom – O Banheiro (oh bahn yeh roo)
come with me – Venha Comigo (ven yaa kohm mee goo)
do you speak english? – Fala Inglês? (Fah lah een gles?)
excellent – Ótimo (oh chee moo)
excuse me – Desculpe (jeh scoo pee)
excuse me (to get past) – Com Licença! (kohm lee sen sa!)
good / bad – Bom / Mau (bohm / mah-oo)
how do you say…? – Como Se Diz...? (ko mo see jeez…?)
how much is this? – Quanto Custa Isto? (koo-an toe coos tah ees too?)
may I? (point at chair, door) – Posso? (poh soo?)
maybe – Pode Ser (po jee sehr)
no problem – Não Faz Mal (nah-oo fah-eez ma-oo!)
please – Por Favor (pohr fah vohr)
sorry – Perdão (pehr dah-oo)
thank you – Muito Obrigado/a (moo-ee too oh bree gah doo/dah)
thanks – Obrigado/a (oh bree gah doo/dah)
what is that? – Que É Isso? (kay eh ee-soo?)
where is… – Onde Fica... (ohn jee fee kah…)
yes / no – Sim/Não (seehm/na-oo)
you are welcome – De Nada (jee nah dah)
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)" (Posso?), 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 Portuguese Language Set.