How to say may I? (point at chair, door) in Swahili: naweza

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How to say may I? (point at chair, door) in Swahili: naweza

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

To say may I? (point at chair, door) in Swahili: naweza
Say it out loud: “na weh za

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

...the bathroom – choo  (chōh)
come with me – kuangalia tu  (koo ah nn gah lee ah too)
do you speak english? – Kiingereza?  (kin geh reh zah)
excellent – bora  (boh rah)
excuse me – kumradhi  (koom rah dhee)
excuse me (to get past) – nipishe  (nee pee sheh)
good / bad – nzuri / mbaya  (n zoo' ree / mm by' uh)
how do you say…? – jinsi ya kusema?  (jeen see ya koo say muh?)
how much is this? – bei gani  (bay ee gah nee)
may I? (point at chair, door) – naweza  (na weh za)
maybe – pengine  (pen gee' nay)
no problem – hakuna matata  (ha koo nuh muh ta ta)
please – tafadhali  (tah fah dah lee)
sorry – pole  (poh lay)
thank you – ahsante  (ah sahn tay)
thanks – shukrani  (shook rah nee)
what is that? – nini hiyo  (nee nee hee yo)
where is… – wapi  (wah pee)
yes / no – ndio / la  (n dee' oh / lah)
you are welcome – karibu  (kah ree' boo)

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)" (naweza), 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 Swahili Language Set.

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