Welcome to Part 10! (Part 9 here)
What do you want to do in Korean? Eat? Sleep? Watch TV? Here you will learn how to say: I WANT in Korean. More specifically, you will…
- Learn how to say “I want” in Korean
- Learn some want phrases in Korean with English translations
- Be able to say what you want (leave a comment)
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Saying what you want to do in Korean is pretty easy. You need to add 고 싶어요 (go shippeoyo) – 고 (go) 싶어요 (shippeoyo) – to any verb stem. In Korean, – 고 (go) is a connector and the auxiliary adjective, 싶어요, is used to express the a person’s wants.
Note: Koreans don’t really say “I want (NOUN).” They mostly “I want (VERB)+(NOUN).” So, “I want to eat cake” (good ✓). NOT “I want cake.” (bad x)
Got it? So for example, you want to say:
I want to learn Korean in Korean. How would you say that in Korean?
- The verb “to learn” is – 배우다 – baeuda, right?
- So, you drop the “다 – da” and get the verb stem – 배우 – baeu.
- Then, add the “고 (go)” and add the word for “want” – 싶어요 (shippeoyo).
- And you have: baeugo shippeoyo – I want to learn.
And the full sentence is… see below with list of 10 “want” phrases that you can use right now.
101. I want to learn Korean.
- I want to learn Korean.
- 한국어를 배우고 싶어요.
- Han-guk-eo-reul bae-u-go shi-ppeo-yo
102. I want to read a book
- I want to read a book
- 책을 읽고 싶어요
- chaeg-eul ilg-go shi-ppeo-yo
103. I want to live in Korea.
- I want to live in Korea
- 저는 한국에서 살고 싶어요
- jeo-neun hanguk-eseo salgo shippeoyo
104. I want to sleep.
- I want to sleep
- 나는 자고 싶어요
- naneun jago shippeoyo
105. I want to meet at Starbucks
- I want to meet at Starbucks
- 스타벅스에 만나고 싶어요
- seutabeogseue mannago shippeoyo
106. I want to eat a hamburger.
- I want to eat a hamburger
- 햄버거 먹고 싶어요
- haembeogeo meokgo shippeoyo
107. I want to make a lot of friends.
- 친구들 많이 사귀고 싶어요
- chingudeul manh-i sagwigo shippeoyo
- I want to make a lot of friends
108. I want to eat.
- I want to eat
- 먹고 싶어요
- meokgo shippeoyo
109. I want to see you (I miss you).
- 너를 보고 싶어요
- neoleul bogo shippeoyo
- I miss you
110. I want to become a great person.
- 훌륭한 사람 되고 싶어요.
- hullyung-han saram doego sipeoyo.
- I want to become a great person.
So, what do you think?
By now you should be able to say I want in Korean and express your desires. All you need now are the nouns and verb stems to add the go shippeoyo/sipeoyo to.
Remember this rule:
Verb Stem + 고 싶어요 (go shippeoyo) = Want to Verb
There are only 10 I want in Korean phrases here. Do you know any more? Now that you know the grammar rule, write down what you want in Korean in the comments!
I read them all and will add it to my list.
Hope you enjoyed this!
– The Main Junkie
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