Stop Saying: "I want" - Speak English Like a Native!
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- Sorry, is this the right "Stop saying" class?
All of the other "stop saying" classes
But don't worry, this is the good one!
I'm really hungover, but how are you?
I don't know what to teach today,
so what would you like to learn?
- I want vocabulary.
- I want Taylor Swift. Alexa play Taylor Swift
- No Alexa, don't play Taylor Swift.
When I started the Stop saying series
and every other YouTube teacher copied it,
they all said, this word sounds wrong
Those guys are just trying to get
your clicks and your views. Don't listen to them.
The point is, we just need to be careful
maybe it might sound rude in certain situations.
"I want" can sound in English,
and you don't want to sound entitled.
The main thing is it can sound rude.
So, let's look at some different ways
Okay, you're in a coffee shop, a restaurant, a shop,
Here's a nice, polite way to say that.
A really nice, polite way of saying
"I want this" is," sorry could I get,
you can choose a load of different options here,
We apologize for everything. Don't know why.
Probably because we have a terrible history.
Could I, sounds a bit more polite than
Have or get, different verbs, same meaning.
So an option. "Sorry, can I get a coffee?"
"Sorry, Could I have a carrot cake?
not just to receive something physical.
You can use it to ask details about a person,
for example. "Sorry. Can I get your Instagram?"
"Yeah, of course. It's @papateachme."
But if someone offers to get something for you,
"Can I get you anything?" it's an offer.
"I want" as a response to an offer?
Starting with the obvious. "I'd love a coffee"
or "I would like a coffee."
Did you hear how I set those different?
my opinion isn't the same as everyone who speaks English.
But in my opinion, it feels more natural to use.
I'd like, I would like.
In a restaurant or a coffee shop in response to a waiter,
offering me something at their house.
This one sounds a bit more formal.
This one, there's a bit more emotion.
"Oh, I wouldn't mind a coffee if that's okay."
Of course that's an option. It sounds a bit more polite.
When you say "I wouldn't mind"
or it wouldn't be a problem for me.
"Sorry, would you mind if I smoked?"
I wouldn't mind. It's not a problem,
but you can't use the exact same thing
"Ooh, wouldn't mind a pineapple juice right now."
But also, if you want to do something,
make sure the verb is that ing form.
"So it looks like the party's finished.
I wouldn't mind eating a Kebab"
- Actually I would mind going home,
Another possibility is "I could go for"
"Oh, are you paying? You're paying."
"Okay. Um, I can go for a latte"
and you could use this when you want to suggest something.
For example. "You alright? What you doing?
Yeah I could go for a pizza, what about you?"
It's a really good way to suggest something.
You know, when you're not doing anything
a thought about food or drink or something
just comes to your head randomly.
Oh, Oh, I want this thing. I want it right now.
Now, this could be used to say,
I want, or I need, or something is necessary.
But yeah, usually just when you want something.
"I'm feeling a bit sad I could do with some chocolate."
But also yes, it could be used for something is necessary.
"my room right now, is very messy
and I'm not going to show you,
"wow, your room could really do with a clean."
You already know that English is weird.
Way more British than American English,
but don't worry, they understand.
but we could also use a fancy for people
who we just feel like (Laughing)
"I really fancy you." "I want you."
That's your feeling at the moment.
I'm in the mood for a cold shower and some sleep.
Now again, all of these expressions
basically mean I want blah, blah, blah.
But yeah, they can have other meanings too.
But also it could mean that you think you are something.
For example, "I feel stupid." "I feel like an idiot."
Everyone's parents will say this.
"Yeah. You look like one too."
Every time, every time important to remember
"I fancy staying in tonight."
"I'm in the mood for watching a movie."
"I feel like having a barbecue today."
This next expression is very, very polite.
Is there any chance I can get some water please?"
Or "is there any chance I could have some water?"
when you don't want to sound rude or demanding.
It's very indirect. It's very informal.
"Sorry. I don't suppose I could get some
butter for my coffee, could I?"
I heard that some people do that.
You'll use this with a question tag.
I don't suppose I could get blah, blah, blah.
Could I? that's a question tag.
Don't worry if you don't understand question tags,
click that and you'll see a full explanation.
But yeah, you would use these structures
when, for example, you're at someone's house,
You want to ask for something or something extra
and you don't want to sound rude or demanding.
And finally, a really strong way to say, I want.
To be dying for or to something
you wanted so much, it causes you pain.
For example, this is me and this is any of my friends.
I want to see this new Spiderman movie
So I will say I'm dying to see the new Spiderman movie.
"I'm dying for a carrot cake."
But also you can use this when you're really in pain.
For example, "can you get out of the toilet, please?
or I've got a craving for something.
This is when you want something right now,
but this is more just for the moment.
Probably later, you'll forget about it.
And usually it's something weird.
You know, when pregnant women want something strange
And actually that sounds good.
But anyway, some thought of food or drink hits you.
And you're like, "I don't know why.
"I've got a craving for cucumber dipped in pineapple juice."
And finally, I've got a hankering for something.
You will say this one in a happy jokey way.
It's just something quick that you want,
that you really crave right now.
but I've got a hankering for some pizza
You can get the worksheet for today
The link is in the description
and I'll see you in the next class.