How to say may I? (point at chair, door) in Thai: … Dai Mai?

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How to say may I? (point at chair, door) in Thai: … Dai Mai?

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

To say may I? (point at chair, door) in Thai: … Dai Mai?
Say it out loud: “… DAI mai?

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

...the bathroom – Hong Nam  (HONG nahm)
come with me – Ma Duai  (mah DOO-ai)
do you speak english? – Phut Phasa Angkrit Dai Mai  (POOT pah sah ahng greet DAI mai?)
excellent – Di Mak  (dee MAHK)
excuse me – Kho Thot  (kaw TOAT)
good / bad – Di/Mai Di  (dee/MAI dee)
how do you say…? – … Phut Yang Ngai  (… POOT yahng ngai?)
how much is this? – Ni Thao Rai?  (NEE TAO rai?)
may I? (point at chair, door) – … Dai Mai?  (… DAI mai?)
maybe – Na Cha Dai  (NAH ja DAI)
no problem – Mai Pen Rai  (mai pen rai)
please – Chuai  (CHOO-ai)
thank you – Khop Khun Khrap/Kha  (kop koon krahp/KAH)
what is that? – Nan Arai?  (NAHN ah-rai?)
where is… – … Thi Nai  (… TEE nai?)
yes / no – Chai/Mai Chai  (CHAI / MAI CHAI)

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)" (… Dai Mai?), 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 Thai Language Set.

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Ross in Thailand
Biography: Ross has been a photographer and designer in Chiang Mai, Thailand for over three years, working on development issues and with refugees from Myanmar. He's traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia, enjoying the food, languages, people and breathtaking landscapes.
Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand

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