How to say “I want to” in Korean -고 싶다

2014 May 20
by juyeon

Hi everyone!

I would like to introduce the usage of ‘-고 싶다’ to all. This phrase is commonly used to express the desire of the subject. Adding ‘-고 싶다’ to the action verb gives it the meaning of “I want to ____.” See the examples below:

차를 마시고 싶다 – (I) want to drink a cup of tea
한국어를 배우고 싶다 – (I) want to learn the Korean Language
피자를 먹고 싶다 – (I) want to eat pizza

With second person, the same meaning can be delivered in a question format.

차를 마시고 싶어요? – Do you want to drink a cup of tea?
한국어를 배우고 싶어요? – Do you want to learn the Korean language?
피자를 먹고 싶어요? – Do you want to eat pizza?

With third person, the phrase changes a bit from ‘-고 싶다’ to ‘-고 싶어한다.’

톰은 차를 마시고 싶어 한다 – Tom wants to drink a cup of tea
톰은 한국어를 배우고 싶어 한다 – Tom wants to learn the Korean language
톰은 피자를 먹고 싶어 한다 – Tom wants to eat pizza

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  1. Cece permalink
    May 20, 2014

    Very informative! Love this since I haven’t been diligent in enrolling in classes since SEPT…

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