In Japanese saying you want to do something is different from wanting a noun. To change a verb into the want form, you add any of the following endings to the masu stem of a verb.

EnglishJapanese
want to eat食べたい tabetai
don't want to eat食べたくない tabetakunai
wanted to eat食べたかった tabetakatta
didn't want to eat食べたくなかった tabetakunakatta



   Hayashi wants to eat tempura = hayashi wa tenpura o tabetai
   (林は天ぷらを食べたい)

   Wanted to read = yomitakatta (読みたかった)

   Didn't want to go to hot spring = onsen ni ikitakunakatta
   (温泉に行きたくなかった)


   To make this more polite you add desu to the end.

   Do you want to eat something? = nanika tabetai desu ka
   (何か食べたいですか)



   Another way that you can say you want to do something, or ask someone if they want to do something is using the plain form of a verb. This can either mean one will or wants to do something.

   (Do you want to/will you) drink this? = kore nomu? (これ飲む?)

   (Do you wanna/shall we/will you) go to hot springs? = onsen iku?
   (温泉行く?)




I want it


   When you are talking about wanting a object you need to use the adjective hoshii (欲しい). Below are the different ways you can conjugate hoshii.


EnglishJapanese
want欲しい hoshii
don't want欲しくない hoshiku nai
wanted欲しかった hoshikatta
didn't want欲しくなかった hoshiku nakatta


   I want cookie = watashi wa kukkii ga hoshii (私はクッキーが欲しい)

   (I) want banana = banana ga hoshii (バナナが欲しい)







   To express more politeness you can use desu and change the endings like other adjectives. When you just want to state you don't want something you use the particle wa instead of ga.

   (I) don't want coffee = koohii wa hoshiku arimasen
   (コーヒーは欲しくありません)

   (She) doesn't want banana = banana wa hoshiku nai desu
   (バナナは欲しくないです)


   If you use the particle ga in the negative like the sentences above, it changes it meaning slightly. It gives a sense that you don't want something, (but you want something else).


I need


   Another way that you can express that you want something is using the verb iru which is commonly used ask if you want something. Such questions are very commonly asked in situations like the following.

   (Do you) want this? = kore iru? (これいる?)

   Don't want = iranai (いらない)


   Technically speaking, the verb iru means to need and is used to express that you need something the same you would in English. It is also used to ask if you want something. In English this is expressed using separate words, but in Japanese it is the same word.

   (I) need glasses = megane ga iru (めがねがいる)

   Do you need a box? = hako ga irimasu ka (箱がいりますか)

   (I) don't need
(polite) = iranai desu (いらないです)



Would you like


   To ask someone in a formal situation if someone wants something, or to ask someone how they feel about something you can use the word ikaga. This is only used in polite situations.

   Would you like water = mizu wa ikaga desu ka
   (水はいかがですか)

   Would you like tea = ocha wa ikaga desu ka
   (お茶はいかがですか)