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

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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.

You can download a free PDF for this lesson here, or if you want to study with our TalkToMeInKorean textbooks, you can get them here. And after you learn the basics, try writing your own Korean sentences and get corrections from native speakers through HaruKorean, our 1:1 correction service.

  • Serenity Maria


  • faiza

    한국을 가고 싶어요

    진짜 ㅇㅇㅇㅇ 어떠게?

  • faiza

    ook i’ll try to relax and don’t wait and live right now

  • Sadie

    I noticed that in these lessons, there is -yo at the end of a lot of words like eopseo-yo and isseo-yo, in this it it bogo si-peo-yo. In the kpop songs where I’ve these phrases there is no -yo, though. Why is this? Is it covered later on?

    • KyungHwa Sun

      Yes. It will be covered later on. ;-) You can drop -요 if you want to make it sound casual.

  • VoldiPhil

    Hey guys, I really loved this lesson, it was very helpful! :) But I have a question. I addition to your audio lessons I’m learning with a korean for beginners book. And there, for I want to, is teached: 고싶습니다 . So 고싶 stays the same but 습니다 obviously is different. Am I right about saying, that this one here is just a more formal way to say “I want to” or do the differences go deeper?

    • Seokjin Jin

      I think you are confused between -고 싶어요 and -고 싶습니다.

      -고 싶습니다 is the dictionary form of -고 싶습니다 and it becomes -고 싶어요 when it is conjugated to present form. You can use both in the conversation and they are formal expressions.

    • VoldiPhil

      Thank you very much for the quick reply! It helped me, but at the same raised some new question(I hope I’m not annoying anybody with them :P) :

      So since 고 싶습니다 is the dictionary form, it is an unconjugated form, right? So why is it possible to use it in conversation? Sure, we know since lesson 1 that you can do it: 감사합니다

      Also, is 고 싶습니다 really the dictionary form? I thought 싶습니다 was the counjugated form of 싶다

      Sorry, I’m kind of confused about this topic right now. :P

    • Seokjin Jin

      I am sorry. You are right. The dictionary form of -고 싶어요 is -고 싶다. When I say it in formal way, it becomes -고 싶습니다. -고 싶습니다, -고 싶어요 both are often used but -고 싶습니다’s nuance is more formal. We often say something in dictionary form in conversation, too. When they may sound more strict and formal than the conjugated expressions.

  • Matt

    When you say you want more of something “더” is placed before the verb and it also appears to be placed in front of the noun (according to an online translator). However the translator (Google) also consistently put the word “많은” (many+particle). When saying you want more of something do you have to put the “많은” as well – like a counter?

    Is the following sentence fine?
    더 한국어 배우고 싶어요. = I want to learn more Korean.

    OR would it be more correct to say this?
    더 많은 한국어 배우고 싶어요. = I want to learn (many) more Korean.

    감사합니다 for the lesson!

    • Seokjin Jin

      It is good to put 더 in front of the verb but it is not naturally if you put it before the noun. 더 한국어 배우고 싶어요 is not correct.

      한국어 더 배우고 싶어요 is good.

      더 많은 한국어 배우고 싶어요. <- This one is also good!

  • 사라

    저는 한국말 잘 배우고 싶어요 :)

    • Seokjin Jin

      저희랑 같이 한국어 공부해요! :)

  • miy shen

    한국어를 공부하고 싶은데 어휘는 조금만.

    어떡해야 돼요?

  • Ivan

    나는 조선민주주의인민공화국에 가고 싶어요

    • KyungHwa Sun

      나는 –> 저는

  • Emily

    What if I want a noun? Do i just put the noun before 고싶어요?
    For example, how would you say “I want an apple”?
    Thanks for your help.

    • Seokjin Jin

      No, you can’t put a noun before -고 싶어요.
      You should put verb stem.

      I want an apple. >> 저는 사과를 원해요. (to want: -을/를 원하다)

  • Seth

    Just my opinion, I think that is rude to ask that to people without saying please~ I don’t want to be rude. And for the last lesson too. I’m sorry… I just feel like its rude

    • Blenda Camargo

      Yes, but there’s no equivalent for ‘please’ in korean, you can only say juseyo wich IS polite.
      No one will think you’re rude if you say juseyo.

    • William Emery

      Technically, Blenda, you are incorrect. Please is actually “jaebal” in Korean, my English keyboard will not allow me to type in Korean.

      Jusaeyo is merely a polite way to request something. “Jaebal” is more reserved for begging, if that is an appropriate term.

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks for your explanation! @williamemery:disqus

    • Lyri Patterson

      You could use Mianhae as well couldn’t you?

  • disqus_EJIVVr1ld7

    I have a question~ >< it's more related to the "make sentences negative" topic but I'm so confused! How do you say I don't want to study?
    안공부하고 싶어요?
    공부 안하고 싶어요?
    공부하고 안싶어요? Which one is correct?
    I know you can say 공부하고 싶지 않아요 but I'm confused :(
    And you say : 공부 안할 거예요 for the future right? Please someone reply me :( 감사합니다!

    • jake jeong

      공부 안하고 싶어요 is correct.

  • Soffy

    저는 한국에 여행을 한 번 하고싶어요

  • Carine

    What do you use 전 난

    • Seokjin Jin

      Just 전난 doesn’t have a meaning. I guess you meant 전 and 난, which normally mean I. According to the text, they have different meanings. Would you let me know where you heard the words?

    • Carine

      I heard the from some videos Ive been watching on YouTube to help me learn in addition to this. She said the combinations of 저 + 은/는 and 나 +은/는, I just wasn’t clear on when are used or if they are even used. It was called fluent korean

    • Seokjin Jin

      전 and 난 are the shortened form of 저는 and 나는.

      They are often used in daily dialogues.

      For example)
      저는 점심을 먹을 거예요. > 전 점심을 먹을 거예요.

      나는 배불러. > 난 배불러.

  • Mari

    How do you say “I want to go on a holiday” in Korean? I know you have to fix 가고싶어 though

    • http://dioma.pl/pl/ Mateusz Petkiewicz

      I think it’s: 휴가 가고 싶어요

  • smallfry

    개임 하고 싶어요

    • Seokjin Jin

      개임 하고 싶어요 > 게임하고 싶어요.

  • yumin

    Should there be a space between 보고 and 싶어요? Does it make any difference or are 보고싶어요 and 보고 싶어요 the same?

  • Audrey

    저는 한국에 가고 싶어요! 한국어 공부하고 싶어요. 곤부하는 걸 재미있어요.

    • Seokjin Jin

      곤부하는 걸 재미있어요. > 공부하는 게 재미있어요.

  • Lupinn Romeoo

    If I will say that I would like to be an exchange student how I can say in Korean.Can I say 저는 교환학생 있고 싶어요. ?

  • Alejandra González

    안녕하세요 TTMIK Team!
    Is it correct?
    뭐가 먹고 싶어요?
    비빔밥이 먹고싶어요

    (btw, from all the Korean dishes, I really want to eat 비빔밥… someday I know! ㅠㅠ)

  • Metzli


    I’m pretty sure this has been asked before, but if I want to say that I want to eat more of something… let’s say, 회 for example, how do I say I want to eat more 회?

    is it 회 더 먹고 싶어요
    or 더 회 먹고 싶어요

    Also, how would I say “give me more 회 please?


    • http://www.twitter.com/shinsunchu 주신선

      you were right the first time. 회 더 먹고 싶어요:-)

    • Rhine

      To say “give me more 회 please” you say 회 더 주세요

  • 웠따나

    저는 웠따나 입니다. I just started learn korean on your website. I noted that in lesson 13 level 1, in the PDF lesson on page 2 there is a wrong word. To see = 보 다 and then to see again = 먹 다. In fact it is to eat.
    I also would like to ask if it is possible that ㅡ고 싶어요 can be used in another form 고싶습니까?

  • Nawal

    안녕하세요 TTMK ^^

    Please see if my phrase is correct !
    영화이 보고싶어요.

    감사합니다 :)

    • troy

      Looks great, but one small thing. Should be 가 instead of 이. You could probably drop the particle altogether and go with 영화 보고싶어요.

      If the last character is a consonant it’s followed by 이 and the last character moves over. This makes a smoother transaction when talking. Kind of like a/an in english. It sounds a little weird and doesn’t flow smoothly to say “I want to see ‘an’ movie.”

      책이 읽고싶어요 “I want to read a book” is pronounced like:
      채기 읽고싶어요

    • Nawal

      thank you very much for your your time… looking back at it I agree with you 100% ^^

      너무 감사합니다 Troy 씨

  • cheong yana

    what about 뭐가 먹고 싶어요?

    is it right

  • Gaby Bosco

    If i want to say “i want to sleep” would i say 난 잠들고 싶어요 ?

    • troy

      I believe 자다 is more common. It’s also simpler to say. 자고싶어요.

      자고싶어요 I want to sleep

      자 (요) Go to sleep

      잘 자 (요) Sleep well

      Or you could say 피곤해(요) to state you are tired/worn out. 너무 피곤해(요) to say you are are really tired/exhausted. If you’re just saying it out loud to no one in particular you can drop the 요.

  • Noranium

    Is it correct to say “어디예서 가고 싶어요?”?

    • 3k

      어디에 가고 싶어요?

    • Elico Malata

      can you please romanize what the first word meant?

  • yourippehdees

    오늘은 샌프란시스코에 가고싶어요
    Today I want to go to San Francisco.

    번데기를 먹고싶어요. 언이요!
    I want to eat beondegi. Not.

    매일 커피를 마시고싶어요.
    I want to drink coffee every day.

    텔레비전을 보고싶어요.
    I want to watch TV.

    맥주 마시고싶어요. 맥주 한명 주세요.
    I want to drink beer. Please give me a bottle of beer.

    지하철을 타고싶어요.
    I want to take the subway.

    책을 읽고싶어요.
    I want to read a book.

    • Elico Malata

      is it also correct to not put 을 in sentences?
      since youre not comparing i think.

  • https://www.facebook.com/yinara94 Noor M. Ahmed

    안녕하세요 ~
    한국 가고 싶어요 Is this true if I want to say “I want to go to Korea” ?
    감사합니다 :)

    • 카미 티

      한국에 가고 싶어요.

    • Elico Malata

      why did you put 에 after 한국?
      is 한국 가고 싶어요 wrong?

    • Sana

      i think it has to do with the particles and 에 has to do with location . not exactly sure though,

  • SmilingCat01

    김치 더 먹고 싶어요
    I want to eat more kimchi

    학교 거고 싶어요
    I want to go to school

    Murakami의 책은 읽고 싶어요
    I want to read Murakami’s books

    What wouod be the diff. between “Murakami의 책은 읽고 싶어요” and “Murakami의 책 읽고 싶어요” I am still quite confused about the particle.

    • Victoria Gordon

      I’m still learning myself, so I could be wrong. But I believe for “I want to eat more kimchi” would be 더 김지 먹고 싶어요. 더 comes first and I think Kimchi is spelled with a ㅈ, not a ㅊ. I also believe that “I want to go to school” is correct, however it is 가, not 거. For the rest of your comment, I am not sure, I am still just a little confused about that as well.

    • SmilingCat01

      Oh I still don’t know how to use 더. But the 거 was just a typo lol. Thank you!

    • troy

      김치 더 or 더 김치. Either works. And 김치 is right (no ㅈ).

    • troy

      “Murakami의 책 읽고 싶어요” is saying you want to read his book(s).

      “Murakami의 책은 읽고 싶어요” is emphasizing ‘his books’ so it’s saying you want to read his books especially, as opposed to other’s books.

      If someone brings you some tasty food you would just say it’s delicious (like your first example). 이 음식 맛있어요. This food is delicious.

      If you’re trying a bunch of new foods and you finally taste something you like (as in everything before it wasn’t very tasty) then you would use 은/는. 이 음식은 맛있어요. ‘This’ food is delicious (as opposed to the other food).

  • PenguinBeng

    Someday, 아이유가 만나고 싶어요.

  • http://www.wattpad.com/user/ShadowMoon99 Riley Knight

    저는 한국에 갈 싶어요. 하지만, I’m to young right now.

  • StarSuga

    오늘밤은 날씨 너무 더워요 그래서 알래스가에 가고 싶어요. ㅋㅋ

    Tonight the weather is too hot so I want to go to Alaska.

    I have a question, do I need to put a particle after 날씨?? 감사합니다.

  • 마리콘

    Correc me if i’m wrong. 비자 더 먹 고 싶어요… / 더 비자 먹 고 싶어요.

    • JooyeonPark

      I assume that you meant 피자 (Pizza), right?

      You can say “피자 더 먹고 싶어요”.

    • OYOrange

      In 뭐 먹고 싶어요 in which situations would you add 가 after 뭐, like 뭐가 먹고 싶어요? Or does that not make sense

  • http://www.viki.com/users/KyokoRyouga kyoko

    저는 오렌지 주스 마시고 싶어요
    It’s okay?