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.


  • Sham Alkhaldi

    hello ,
    I need to ask something , I don’t know how to write in Korean , even though i do not know anything from the alphabet ….. do I have to train writing the words & the grammar i take , or i’ll learn this later ??
    please reply as soon as possible
    by the way thanks for you , Korean language seems to be easier with your help :)

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks for your comment. Many people say that learning Korean is not easy but it is easy to master Hangeul. Why don’t you start learning Hangeul (Korean alphabet)?

    • Juanis

      Its reeeeally easy to learn hangeul youll master it in a day. its really simple.

  • J.A.

    how about if you want to say i don’t want to eat?

    • Carmen Cristoloveanu

      the answer is in the comments below.


      jinseokjin 10 months ago

      You can add 안 before the verb.
      먹고 싶어요 > 안 먹고 싶어요”

  • Rachel Black

    Hi! Thank you for your post, all of your post are very helpful ^^

    I am trying to say.. Korean is hard, but I want to get better.

    So far I have 한국어 어려워요, 그런데 … 싶어요 (I’m not sure how to say better, so I don’t know what comes before 싶어요) If you could help me, I would be so happy~~

    감사합니다!!!

    • http://twitter.com/jetz531 jetz

      한국어(를) 어려워요 그런데 저는 더 잘 공부하고 싶어요. – Korean is hard but I will try to learn more/study it better.

      잘 is well
      공부하다 is to learn/study

      You might want to get a second opinion with this though since I’m still a beginner >_< I just wanted to try helping if you don't mind^^

  • Houyam

    안녕하세요 :)

    I have a question :

    when I finish all levels can I speak Korean like you teacher ?

    감사합니다

    • Seokjin Jin

      If you practice Korean expressions a lot, I am sure you will speak Korean well.

    • Houyam

      I practice every day with my friends and my sister and I review the lessons always

      감사합니다 ^^

  • gooNuii Aliz

    Since lesson 9 to 14 make me confuse. (T_T) So hard, but I’ll try my best teachers. I think I have to watch Korean drama more. Oops!! Just kidding. (^0^)

    • Seokjin Jin

      It is good to learning Korean with the way you like. :) However please watch the dramas again without subtitle.

  • puhtresya

    한국 빨리 빨리 가고 싶어요
    is that correct 선생님?

    • Seokjin Jin

      네, 맞아요. 잘 쓰셨어요.

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  • griffin white

    If I want to say “I want to eat more hamburgers” do I say “더 햄버거 먹고 싶어요”? or can I just say “더 먹고 싶어요” and hamburgers will just be implied?

    • Seokjin Jin

      It will be perfect if you say “햄버거 더 먹고 싶어요”.

  • Tara

    안녕하세요!
    Great lesson! I always forget to say that I LOVE the music in the beginning, it’s so cheerful!
    And also, could I please ask you to put a Korean keyboard for us who aren’t used to Korean keys yet?
    감사합니다 <3

  • 하쓰나

    first thanks for the amazing lessons
    but you haven’t showed up how to conjugate the verbs that contain 하다 in the end
    기다리 수 없어
    감사합니다

    • Seokjin Jin

      You can conjugate it to – 하고 싶어요.

      Like 수영하고 싶어요 / 회식하고 싶어요 / 달리기 하고 싶어요.

  • svea

    Hello :) First of all, thank you for your great site! You explain everything very well and so it’s easy to follow you and understand Korean grammar. You’re really doing great work!

    불고기 먹고싶어요.
    Is that sentence correct? Sometimes I get confused about when to put a space. Basically, it’s in between two words but some things (like particles, and the time markers) are closely attached to the verb, right?

    • Angel

      They’ll discuss that topic (correct spacing) I think near at the end of Lesson 4 or 5 :) and I think you will need to put the object marking particle “를” after the food that you’re going to eat :)

  • amelia

    can you say 물(or any noun)고 싶어요 or does this only apply to verbs?

    • Catia

      I don’t know about that but if you want to ask for water you can say 물 주세요. I’m not 100% sure but I think if you “want” water it would be 물 싶어요 because 고 싶어요 is “I want to” and 싶어요 is just to want so to want water would be 물 싶어요 but I’m not sure if it is used I just know that by logic it would be that, hope that helps in some way ^_^

    • Juanis

      You dont really say i want water. I dont know if what you said is correct, but its easier to just say 물 주세요 since its more polite, and more common. and it means the same thing as i want water. since it means please give me water. I think what you said is correct though! but i just its easier to just say 물 주세요

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks @disqus_3OphNQbiIK:disqus for your comment. Yes, simply you can say 물 주세요 or 물 좀 주세요. However, if you really want to say like “I want to drink water”, you can say “물 마시고 싶어요.”

    • Juanis

      Does 마시고 mean drink?

    • Seokjin Jin

      Yes, and the dictionary form is 마시다. 마시고 means “drink and”.

    • Juanis

      감사합니다! How do you say “drink and eat”

    • Juanis

      You would have to add the verb “drink”.
      물고 싶어요= i want to water.

  • Hubert Muda

    Thanks for your work, really helpful !

  • 애슐리

    hiii, just one question, what does 더 주세요 mean?

    • Sabrin

      주세요 means please give me.

      더 i am not sure about this one

    • 애슐리

      Aww, I think its “give me more”

    • Seokjin Jin

      Right. 더 주세요 means “give me more”. :)

  • tia

    제발 더 먹어 or 먹고 더 주세요, which one is the correct sentence?..

    • Catia

      더 comes before 먹고, hope that helps ^_^
      And 주세요 is more for asking for things so 제발 would be wrong (from what I know 제발 is not used for asking for stuff) so 더 먹고 주세요 would be right :)

    • Kate.C 케이트

      isn’t 제발 sounds like more on begging or pleasing someone?

  • 사린

    Hi. Just curious, is there any reason why we replace 다 with 고 싶어요?

    • Seokjin Jin

      It is needed to change it to make say “I want to do something”.

      For example:
      나는 수영한다. I swim.

      저는 수영하고 싶어요. I want to swim.

    • 사린

      I am still pretty new to Korean, so I am working hard to understand how the language works. This site is great! 감사합니다!

  • wainorev

    hello, does “-고 싶어요” works for negative sentences as well by adding “안” before the verb to express ” don’t want to”?
    e.g. if I want to say ” I don’t want to eat”, can I say “저는 안 먹고 싶어요.”?
    Many thanks!

    • Seokjin Jin

      Yes. Perfect! 아주 잘 했어요.

  • Anon57

    Just to clarify… 더 주세요 means “more please”, is this right?

  • 사린

    Hi. I have a question regarding Lesson 14, but it seems like the thread is closed, so I am posting here instead.

    If I want to ask someone: “What are you doing at home?” May I know which is more correct:
    i) 집에서 뭐 해요?
    ii) 뭐 집에서 해요?

    감사합니다!

  • Chong Ying Fang

    Annyeong TTMIK ! lesson 12 of level 1 eop sseo yo ? i clicked on the link but there is nothing. Could you check it ? Kamsahamida ! Btw really love TTMIK lessons conducted by Kyeong eun and you. Daebak =)

  • Diego

    The previous lesson is not there…the link is broken?

    • Seokjin Jin

      No. Please click the link below:
      http://www.talktomeinkorean.com/lessons/l1l12/
      It was placed before the color lesson.

    • Ghost

      That link does not work.

    • Seokjin Jin

      Oh, it is weird. It works well in my computer. :S

      Anyway, please click the move back button on the left side of the screen twice, them you will see the lesson 12.

    • Ghost

      That actually still doesn’t work for me. However, on the page listing all of the lessons (http://www.talktomeinkorean.com/category/lessons/level-1/page/3/ ), you can still click on the MP3 and PDF, so the lesson is still doable, just no comment section :/

  • Ghost

    Hey, I think I noticed an error on the PDF. On Page 2, you said 먹다 was “to see” when right before it said 보다 was “to see” and 먹다 was “to eat”.

    • Seokjin Jin

      Hi. As far as I checked, I couldn’t find the error. Actually, 먹다 means “to eat” and 보다 means “to see”.

    • Ghost

      That’s what I said haha. Here, I took a screencap:

      http://i.imgur.com/NxT8FK4.png

      It incorrectly says to see = 먹다 and even corrects itself in the example using “to eat”.

  • Sophie

    For some reasen Level 1 Lesson 12 doesn’t seem to work anymore. Is there a chance you could upload ist again? I really would appreciate it. ;-)

  • 박아나

    Is there somebody out there who knows where can I get the Lesson 12 in this Level? because I can’t find it.. Every time that I click the lesson 12 it says “page not found”… Please help me here..

  • Ahmed

    The link for lesson 12 is not working. I would be grateful if you could help me with that.

  • zoey

    안녕하세요! I really love these lessons and have been learning a lot, but I have a question. If you want to specify what it is that you want, where would you put that word?

    For example, if you wanted to say “I want to go to Busan.” would it be “가고 부산 싶어요.” or “부산 가고 싶어요.”?

  • Guest

    isn’t 제발 sounds more like begging someone?

  • Kate.C 케이트

    보고 싶어요 is I want to see/look/watch. It is also means I miss you/someone, correct? And what’s the different between 보고 싶어요 and 보고 싶다? Correct me if I spelled wrongly. I’m not sure when to space between the words and when do not need to. 고맙습니다.

  • Payton

    안녕하세요 선생님!! I just wanted to say that I am very happy to have found this site, and thank you so much for making it! The lessons are paced slow enough for easy understanding without getting boring, and the fact that I hear it as audio instead of just reading it makes the content stick in my brain more easily and makes me more confident in my pronunciations. 감사합니다!!