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Learning Russian for travel or study? Let’s try this term:
To say may I? (point at chair, door) in Russian: mozhno?
Say it out loud: “moh zhnah?“
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Some more helpful words in our Russian Courtesy/Questions category:
...the bathroom – tualet (tu a let)
come with me – idite za mnoy (ee dee tye zah mnoy)
do you speak english? – Vy govorite po angliyski? (Vy gah vah ree tye poh ahn gleey skee?)
excellent – otlichno (ah tlee chnah)
excuse me – prostite (prah stee tye)
good / bad – horosho / ploho (hah rah shoh / ploh hah)
how do you say…? – kak skazat'...? (kak skah zaht…?)
how much is this? – skol'ko eto stoit? (skohl koh etah stoh eet?)
may I? (point at chair, door) – mozhno? (moh zhnah?)
maybe – mozhet byt' (moh zhet byt)
no problem – net problem (nyet prah blyem)
please – Pozhaluysta (Pah zhah looy stah)
sorry – izvinite (eez vee nee tye)
thank you – Spasibo (Spah сee bah)
what is that? – chto eto takoe? (shto etah tah koh ye?)
where is… – gde... (gdye…)
yes / no – Da / net (Dah / nyet)
you are welcome – Na zdorovye (Nah zdah roh vye)
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)" (mozhno?), 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 Russian Language Set.