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Learning Spanish for travel or study? Let’s try this term:
To say may I? (point at chair, door) in Spanish: puedo?
Say it out loud: “pway doh“
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Some more helpful words in our Spanish Courtesy/Questions category:
...the bathroom – el baño (el bahn yo)
come with me – venga conmigo (vayn gah cone me go)
do you speak english? – ¿habla inglés? (ah blah een glāce?)
excuse me – perdón (pear dōn)
good / bad – bueno / malo (bway no / mah lo)
how do you say…? – ¿cómo se dice? (coe moe say dee say?)
how much is this? – ¿cuánto? (kwahn toe?)
may I? (point at chair, door) – puedo? (pway doh)
maybe – tal vez (tahl vays)
no problem – no problema (no pro blame uh)
please – por favor (pore fah vore)
sorry – lo siento (low see in toe)
thank you – gracias (grah see ahs)
what is that? – ¿qué es eso? (kay ess essō?)
where is… – dónde está (dōn day ess tah)
yes / no – sí / no (see / no)
you are welcome – de nada (day 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)" (puedo?), 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 Spanish Language Set.