How to talk about what you want in French
Imagine you are in France, may you know how to express what you want but what if you need to say ‘I don’t want’? Welcome to this new episode!
#1 How to express what you want politely
For that, you need to use the conditional tense in French
I would love= j’aimerais
I would want/I would like = je voudrais although this means I would want, French use it to say ‘I would like’
I would desire : je désirerais, this is a very formal way to express what you want
Bonjour, je voudrais un croissant, s’il vous plait
Bonjour, J’aimerais un café, s’il vous plait
Bonjour, je désirerais le plat du jour, s’il vous plait.
#2 How to express what you want firmly
Je veux = I want
J’exige = I demand
Demander in french does not mean to demand.
Bonjour, je veux une autre chambre, s’il vous plait.
Bonjour, j’exige un remboursement, s’il vous plait ( I demand a refund)
#3 How to express what you don’t want
I don’t want = je ne veux pas
You can use I don’t want in all situations but remember to always ‘pas de’
Je ne veux pas de croissant
Je ne veux pas de lait
Je ne veux pas de vin
Je n’en veux pas = I don’t want any of it
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