How to say may I? (point at chair, door) in Vietnamese: Tôi Có Thể...?

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Tôi Có Thể…?

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

To say may I? (point at chair, door) in Vietnamese: Tôi Có Thể...?
Say it out loud: “Toy Caw Te…?

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

...the bathroom – Nhà Tắm  (Nya Tahm)
come with me – Đi Với Tôi  (Di Vuhy Toy)
do you speak english? – Bạn Có Nói Tiếng Anh Không?  (Ban Caw Noi Tien Anh Khom?)
excellent – Tuyệt Vời  (Dweeit Vuhy)
excuse me – Xin Lổi  (Sin Loy)
good / bad – Tốt / Xấu  (Tow / Sao)
how do you say…? – Bạn Nói Như Thế Nào …  (Ban Noy New Te Now)
how much is this? – Bao Nhiêu?  (Bao Nyoo)
may I? (point at chair, door) – Tôi Có Thể...?  (Toy Caw Te…?)
maybe – Có Thể  (Caw Te)
no problem – Không Vấn Đề Gì  (Khom Vuhn De Yee)
please – Làm Ơn  (Lam Uhn)
sorry – Xin Lỗi  (Sin Loy)
thank you – Cảm Ơn  (Kam Uhn)
what is that? – Cái Gì Vậy?  (Kay Yee Vuhy)
where is… – ...Ở Đâu?  (...Uh Dow?)
yes / no – Có / Không  (Caw / Kom)
you are welcome – Không Có Chi  (Khom Caw Chee)

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)" (Tôi Có Thể...?), 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 Vietnamese Language Set.

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Dang Van Tram
Biography: Hi, my name is Tram. I am originally from Quang Ngai City in central Vietnam, and now am living and working in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as a freelancer. I have a couple vacation apartment rentals in HCMC hosted on AirBNB.
Born: Quang Ngai City, Vietnam
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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