Japanese Notes – I want to say I want to…

Hello everyone, my Japanese blog is back๐Ÿ˜˜ย (after almost 1 month break๐Ÿ˜Ž~). Saying that though if you are interested in my Japanese trip, please read here:

Today I want to talk about how to say ‘I want something‘ or ‘I want to do something‘.

  • ใชใซใŒใปใ—ใ„ – want something
  • ใชใซใ‚’ใ—ใŸใ„ – want to do something

So you can thinkย ใปใ—ใ„ as an adjective like ‘like’…. hmm you know what I mean.๐Ÿ˜…ย There are plenty of such usage in Japanese, for example:

  • ็งใฏๅฎ‡ๆฒปใŒๅฅฝใใงใ™ใ€‚(I like Uji.)
  • JaxใจMapleใฏ้›จใŒๅซŒใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚(Jax and Maple hate rain.)
  • ใƒ‘ใƒ‘ใฏๆ–™็†ใŒไธŠๆ‰‹ใงใ™ใ€‚(Dad is good at cooking.)
  • ็งใฏๆ–ฐใ—ใ„ๆบๅธฏใŒใปใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚(I want a new mobile phone.)

I find this type of using adjectives very special. Maybe I will do some research and make a post out of it from linguistics perspective.๐Ÿ˜

Me with a deer at Nara

Now that we know how to say ‘want something’, we can pick up quickly how to say ‘want to do something’. It’s very easy –

  • ใพใ™ form => dropย ใพใ™=> addย ใŸใ„.

Small story – I actually learned this before I went to Japan trip. During the trip I actually usedย ใปใ—ใ„ to express that I want to do something, and the girl kindly corrected me that I should useย ใŸใ„. This was so impressive that I don’t think I will ever make the same mistake again. It also firmed my decision on getting a tutor here to talk to rather than only take class. Anyway coming back to examples:

  • ็งใฏใ“ใฎๆœฌใ‚’่ชญใฟใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚(I want to read this book.)
  • ็Šฌใฏ้ŠใณใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚(The dog wants to play.)

For both above 2 words, the negative form is the same asย ใ„ adjective. So change fromย ใ„ to ใใชใ„ (and similarly to past tense and negative in past tense).

  • ใชใซใŒใปใ—ใใชใ„ – don’t want something
  • ใชใซใ‚’ใ—ใŸใใชใ„ – don’t want to do something

Hope it all makes sense. ๐Ÿ˜‡

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9 thoughts on “Japanese Notes – I want to say I want to…

  1. locksleyu says:

    One minor comment, while “ใชใซใ‚’ใ—ใŸใ„” is correct, sometimes depending on the situation it may be more natural to use ใŒ instead, as in “ใชใซใŒใ—ใŸใ„”. For example,


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