Grammar Talks 4-06 Would like / Want to

What would you like to do?

People share what they would like to do in their life.

Part 1: What adventure would you like to have?

Lori / Canada
Oh, right now, the adventure I am planning is an extensive trip in Southeast Asia. I've always dreamed of going to Angor Wat, so I want to see that place before it's been overrun with too many tourists.

Chris / England
Well, I always said that I wanted to try parachute jumping, and I had the chance when I was in high school to do that but my dad stopped me going in the end because he said ... well, I'm quite a big guy - quite heavy ... and so, he was like, "Well, if you want to do it, then you really should lose a bit of weight because, you know, you're gonna fall and you're gonna shatter your legs" so he was very supportive of my dream, so in the future I think I'd like to try that, but maybe I should lose some weight.

Aki / Japan
I want to go to Antartica and maybe go on a dog sleigh. I don't like the cold weather, but I want to experience that sleigh and actually I want to go on the dog sleigh for my honeymoon and experience Antartica with my husband.

Amir / Iran
I would like to do skydiving, yeah. Skydiving, because I have acrophobia. This would be the biggest adventure I could can take. Just falling from the airplane for a few minutes. You know, now silence there. It would be strengthening me from inside, doing this adventure.

Helen / Canada
Well, I would really like to go cycling somewhere like Nepal or something like that, where there's lots of rugged mountains and beautiful scenery. I don't think I'm in shape enough to do it just now but maybe some time in the future, when I have more time to work out and stuff.

Eoin / England
A big adventure I'd like to do is another long-distance cycling trip. Previously I cycled around Japan - a few areas in Japan ... a cycle trip around Europe. I think I'd like to do a huge trip from somewhere in Europe to somewhere in Asia and maybe like England across to Beijing or something like that.

Part 2: Life Plans

Listen to one young man's life goals.

Hi, my name is Samir and I'm from Sweden. I'm going to talk about six things I want to do in my life. First of all, I want to travel the world and meet new people, see new places, and learn new cultures. It's really interesting for me, and yeah, I think everybody should travel a lot as long as they get the chance.

Then, maybe before my travelling, I want to learn at least five languages. I like talking different languages and it's really fun, and like people don't expect that you talk that specific language maybe, and yeah, it's really fun.

The third thing I want to do is own my own company. I want to be my own boss. I don't want to have to someone else give me orders or something. I want to own my own company and have at least ten employees to give orders and help them in my company. It will be really fun. It's really interesting.

And the fourth thing is that I want to live in an exotic country, like live at the beach or in some exotic place. It will be a new thing for me because I live in Sweden and I go to the other side of the world would be really nice and a completely new thing for me, so that's the fourth things I want to do.

The fifth thing is I have a fear of heights. I can't be like tall buildings at the top of the building and look down. I'll be really scared, so I have to overcome my fear of heights, and I think it will be really difficult for me but I have to overcome it ...

Because after that I want to travel by skydiving. Like go around in the plane and just jump and feel free. It will be really nice, I think. Just skydiving and you're flying, so that's my six things I want to do in my life.

Would like to / Want to

Point 1: Use both 'would like to + verb' and 'want to + verb' to express desires.
  1. I would like to buy a new car.
  2. I want to buy a new car.
  3. I'd like to travel overseas.
  4. I want to travel overseas.
Point 2: Use both structures to make questions.
  1. Would would you like to eat? (more polite)
  2. What do you want to eat?
  3. Would you like some coffee? (more polite)
  4. Do you want some coffee?
Point 3: Use both structures to make affirmative statements.
  1. I would like to sit down. (more polite)
  2. I want to sit down.
  3. I'd like to leave. (more polite)
  4. I want to leave.
Point 4: Usually speakers only use 'want to + verb' in negative statements.
  1. I don't want to watch TV.
  2. I don't want to study.
  3. She doesn't want to work here.
  4. They don't want to go out.
Point 5: In Yes / No questions, the auxiliary verb must match the question form.
  • Would you like to have a pet?
  • Yes, I would.
  • No, I wouldn't.
  • Do you want a pet?
  • Yes, I do.
  • No, I don't.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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