Level 1 Lesson 13 / I want to … / -고 싶어요

안녕하세요! In this TTMIK lesson, let’s look at how to say “I want to”!!! It’s very important to know how to say this when you start learning a foreign language because you need to express what you want in order to get what you want. Using this expression, you will be able to say what you want to eat, what you want to see, or where you want to go. Now listen in to find out how to use this expression, and while you do, be sure to check out the free PDF lesson notes as well! 감사합니다.

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Level 1 Lesson 13 / I want to … / -고 싶어요
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  • Kwai

    How about just “I want” or “I want it” – with no verb. E.g. I want a tattoo. 타투고 싶어요?

    • Sarah

      No cause there is the verb 후원하다 (wanha hada) I’m not sure for the writing but that’s means want an object so I think it’s 환해요 in real au sorry I don’t know how write but I’m sure this verb does exist

    • Renhye

      ”나는 문신을 원한다” is a way to say that without the ‘-고 싶어요’.

      문신 = tattoo
      원하다 = want, wish, hope, desire, long

    • MJ

      -고 싶다 is used with other verbs. So if I say “I want to eat” i would say “난 먹고 싶다.”
      In that sentence you would use 원하다 since you’re not using another verb in the sentence “I want a tattoo.”

    • K.

      for the 가고시퍼요 the base verb was 가다 and 다 was removed so we got 가고시퍼요
      However in this case if you want the similar pattern the verb to tattoo would be 타투하다 so removing 다 and adding 고시퍼요 would give 타투하고시퍼요.

  • Julia

    It’s a little uncorfortable for me to say 가고 싶어요 because in my mother tongue it sounds like a dirty word kk
    I’m from Brazil, and this 가고 sounds like “cagou” in portuguese, which is… a very unpolite way to say… I think the best translation for it would be “to shit” in the past tense…
    I can’t say it out loud without laughing, because anyone who hears me here will think it’s the dirty word kk so I say it more like “kako” 싶어요, at least when I’m around brazilians…
    I’m sorry, but this is so funny kk
    Anyway, 감사합니다 for one more amazing lesson, I’m learning a lot from you guys!

  • Piomo Rose

    Like this? “더 음 식 먹 고 싶 어 요. 더 음 식 주 세 요.” ?

  • Luke Kim

    I don’t mean to sound nasty, but I need to say this. 여 고기 먹고 싶어요. 🙂

  • Mushahid

    Can someone please tell me if the following sentences are correct.
    1. 물 마시고 싶어요(I want to drink water)
    2. 저는 영화 보고 싶어요 (I want to watch a movie)
    3. 책을 읽고 싶어요 (I want to read a book)

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  • JEff

    for example, if the sentence goes like
    ” i want to go fishing.”
    will the sentence in korean be:
    ” fishing go-si-peo-yo” ?
    or is it necessary to add the
    ” fishing GA-go-si-peo-yo”?
    ive read some comments where you need to get the verb to get the word before the ‘ga-go-sip-eo-yo” ? what does that mean? and gow do u get the verb?

    • Catsy

      The base is -고 싶어요.
      So whatever the verb without the DA on the end is, it mashes onto 고 싶어요.

  • Asya Aydemir

    이유 에 대한살고 싶어요

  • srishti

    Is this sentence correct?
    저는 학생 가고 싶어요.

    • Julia Jalyschko

      I’m not sure what you’re trying to say exactly? Right now I’m reading it as “I want to go student” which doesn’t really make sense

    • Zati Irna

      자는 학생 이에요.i am a student.

  • Angel

    저 껴안고 싶어요.. 이거 맞아예요?

  • Angel

    저 한국어 배우고 싶어요. 이거 맞아예요?

  • Shing-wei Wu

    「~고 싶어요」only attach after verb?
    Have any other expression ”want shomthing” that can attach after noun?

  • Patrick

    A: 그 거 아이스크림이에요?
    B: 네, 맞아요. 그 거 아이스크림이에요.
    A: 저는 아이스크림 먹고 싶어요. 주세요.
    B: “treats person A”
    A: 잘 먹겠습니다.
    B: 맛있어요?
    A: 네, 맛있어요. 더 아이스크림 먹고 싶어요!
    B: 아니요! 저는 영화가 보고 싶어요!
    Is this correct? Hehehe

    • MissChuk

      I think it’s right, the only thing I can point out is the unnecessary space you put between 그 and 거 in the first and second line. Not sure if there is any rule about it, but in all examples I saw from the pdf it was written together.

    • MissChuk

      A: 네, 맛있어요. 더 아이스크림 먹고 싶어요!
      What if the ending changed to I don’t have money.
      B: 아니요! 저는 돈 없어요! OR B: 아니요, 돈 없어요!
      Will the answer of the person B included 저는 or not?
      Can it be left out since two people are speaking between themselves and it’s obvious that the subject is the person B. (I remember, in the beginning, they talked about the fact that the subject is quite often omitted in Korean language)

  • jessie

    i already knew what -고 싶어요 meant because of bts spring day
    보고 싶다 ㅋㅋㅋ

    • isa


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    • Salma Nageeb

      Also in Save Me the 1st line by Jimin
      SumswiGO SHIPEO
      숨쉬거 싶어
      Want to breathe

  • Jim Awofadeju

    텔레비전을 보고싶어요.
    I want to watch TV.

    국수를 먹어싶어요.
    I want to eat noodles.

    I added the object marking particles here, but I know that they tend to be omitted in daily conversation. Are these sample sentences good?

    • Ivis Benavides

      국수를 먹어싶어요 –> 국수를 먹고 싶어요

  • Andrea Galvis Lorza

    hello!! so can i say I DONT WANT TO EAT???

    • Huong Truong Minh

      안 먹고 싶어요

  • missmissn

    안녕하세요! How to distinguish and pronounce ㄷ&ㅌ sound correctly? Sometimes ㄷsounds more like “t” than “d” sound, for example the ㄷ in “동” and “더”. Really appreciate if someone here and help to answer this 🙂

  • Vancessla

    Hi, someone can help me please ? If I want to say “I want to eat more hamburgers.” should I say ” 더 햄버거 먹고 싶어요” ?

    • Ivis Benavides

      It would be “햄버거 더 먹고 싶어요” because 더 is an adverb and goes before the verb.

    • Vancessla

      Oh thank you so much for your help !

  • 조슈아

    사랑하고 싶어요, 그런데 재 아버지 너를 싫어요.
    I want to love you, but my father hates you.

    내일 영화를 보고 싶얼 거예요.
    I will want to watch a movie tomorrow.

    피자를 더 먹고 싶어요 왜냐면 슬퍼요.
    I want more pizza because I feel sad.