How do you say I would like in Italian?

How exactly do you say I would like in Italian? Are there more ways to say it?

In this lesson, we will take a look at the different ways you can translate this sentence into Italian. Read on to learn them all!

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How do you say I would like in Italian?

Vorrei…

Vorrei is how you most commonly translate the sentence I would like in Italian.

Vorrei…
I would like…

This is because, unlike English, Italian doesn’t use a helper verb to conjugate verbs in the conditional tense. It uses conditional verb endings.

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This common sentence in Italian is made of only one element.

Vorrei
“I would want”

For example, you could say…

Vorrei un gelato alla fragola, per favore.
I would like a strawberry ice cream, please.

Vorrei non averti mai incontrato!
I wish I had never met you!

Vorrei una brioche e un cappuccino, grazie.
I would like a croissant and a cappuccino, thank you.

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Vorrei is the first-person singular conjugation of volere, to want, in the conditional tense.

Conditional tense conjugation of volere

iovorrei
tuvorresti
lui, leivorrebbe
noivorremmo
voivorreste
lorovorrebbero

For example, you could say…

Mia mamma vorrebbe andare in vacanza in Grecia.
My mom would like to go on vacation to Greece.

Vorremmo prenotare un tavolo da cinque per le otto di stasera.
We would like to reserve a table of five for 8 o’clock tonight.

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Mi piacerebbe…

Another less common translation for I would like in Italian is mi piacerebbe.

Here, the whole structure of the sentence changes. Mi piacerebbe can be literally translated to “to me it would like”. The verb also changes: it’s piacere, literally to like.

Mi piacerebbe…
I would like…

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Now, what’s the difference between vorrei and mi piacerebbe? They are quite similar.

You use vorrei when you want something, like ordering food, expressing a need, or making a wish. It’s commonly used to ask for things in shops and restaurants.

You use mi piacerebbe mainly for expressing wishes. For example, you could say…

Mi piacerebbe tenere un cane, ma casa mia non ha un giardino.
I would like to have a dog, but my house does not have a garden.

Mi piacerebbe trasferirmi in montagna.
I would like to move to the mountains.

Mi piacerebbe visitare New York un giorno.
I would like to visit New York City someday.

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And that’s it, now you know how to say I would like in Italian in all its forms!


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