Hello everyone, my Japanese blog is back😘 (after almost 1 month break😎~). Saying that though if you are interested in my Japanese trip, please read here:
- Hep Five
- Kimono experience
- Night tour of Inari shrine
- Eating ramen in Japan
- Speaking Japanese in Japan – frequently used words and some thoughts
- My shopping items from Japan
Today I want to talk about how to say ‘I want something‘ or ‘I want to do something‘.
- なにがほしい – want something
- なにをしたい – want to do something
So you can think ほしい as an adjective like ‘like’…. hmm you know what I mean.😅 There are plenty of such usage in Japanese, for example:
- 私は宇治が好きです。(I like Uji.)
- JaxとMapleは雨が嫌いです。(Jax and Maple hate rain.)
- パパは料理が上手です。(Dad is good at cooking.)
- 私は新しい携帯がほしいです。(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.😝
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 –
- ます form => drop ます=> add たい.
Small story – I actually learned this before I went to Japan trip. During the trip I actually used ほしい to express that I want to do something, and the girl kindly corrected me that I should use たい. 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:
- 私はこの本を読みたいです。(I want to read this book.)
- 犬は遊びたいです。(The dog wants to play.)
For both above 2 words, the negative form is the same as い adjective. So change from い to くない (and similarly to past tense and negative in past tense).
- なにがほしくない – don’t want something
- なにをしたくない – don’t want to do something
Hope it all makes sense. 😇
🎏 Tivamoo’s blog update schedule:
- Tue – Japanese Notes – speaking Japanese in Japan!
- Fri – (optional) random ideas – how does DST work?
- Sun – weekly awesomeness in Australia – watching a Shakespeare play!