원하다 vs 고싶다 (Pre-Grammar of the Week Post) | [Word of the Day]

안녕하세요!

Okay so to end this week and to lead into next week, I’m going to talk about something we’ve done in the past but kind of add on to it. So remember when I talked about “wanting” something, like, “I want (x)”? If you don’t, you can check it out here. I recommend you do that before going further because today I’m expanding on that.

But if you got this and you don’t need the refresher then of course… let’s get started!

Today, we’re going to talk about wanting to do something or wanting to go somewhere. I’m going to cover this more as a Grammar of the Week post but I want to show you how it would look today.

원하다 (wonhada) | “to want; to hope for”

고싶다 (gosipda) | “to want to do”

Did I throw you there by introducing a new word?

Okay, so as you know on the basic grammar level, 원하다 simply expresses something that you want. But on a more intermidiate level, it expresses something that you want to have. Not necessarily what you want to do.

Insert 고싶다 (gosipda). This always means “to want” but it expresses what you want to do. And not necessarily what you want to have.

i.e.,

  • 방을 원해요. (bang-eul wonhaeyo.) | “I want a room.”
  • 나도 가고 싶다. (nado gago sipda.) | “I want to go too.”

Notice the difference? It’s okay if you’re a little bit lost today because you will definitely see this again next week!

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