Korean Phrases: How To Say I WANT in Korean. Part 10

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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

i want in korean

102. I want to read a book

  • I want to read a book
  • 책을 읽고 싶어요
  • chaeg-eul ilg-go shi-ppeo-yo

i want in korean

103. I want to live in Korea.

  • I want to live in Korea
  • 저는 한국에서 살고 싶어요
  • jeo-neun hanguk-eseo salgo shippeoyo

i want in korean

104. I want to sleep.

  • I want to sleep
  • 나는 자고 싶어요
  • naneun jago shippeoyo

i want in korean

105. I want to meet at Starbucks

  • I want to meet at Starbucks
  • 스타벅스에 만나고 싶어요
  • seutabeogseue mannago shippeoyo

i want in korean

106. I want to eat a hamburger.

  • I want to eat a hamburger
  • 햄버거 먹고 싶어요
  • haembeogeo meokgo shippeoyo

i want in korean

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

i want in korean

108. I want to eat.

  • I want to eat
  • 먹고 싶어요
  • meokgo shippeoyo

i want in korean

109. I want to see you (I miss you).

  • 너를 보고 싶어요
  • neoleul bogo shippeoyo
  • I miss you

i want in korean

110. I want to become a great person.

  • 훌륭한 사람 되고 싶어요.
  • hullyung-han saram doego sipeoyo.
  • I want to become a great person.

i want in korean

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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