Meaning of VOGLIO in Italian

How do you use the verb voglio in Italian? What does it mean? How do you pronounce it?

In this lesson, we will look at how to use this word along with many audio recordings and example sentences. Read on to learn everything you need to know!

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How to use voglio in Italian

What is voglio?

Voglio is a present tense conjugation of the verb volere, meaning to want. To be more precise, it’s the first-person present tense conjugation of volere, which is a highly irregular verb in Italian, translating to “I want”.

Let’s hear how it is pronounced.

Voglio…
I want…

Its pronunciation is close to vo-llee-oh. If you have trouble pronouncing Italian sounds, especially the palatalized L, refer to the Italian pronunciation guide.

Now, let’s see a couple of example sentences with voglio in Italian, before taking a look at how to use the verb volere along with its other present tense conjugations as well.

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Voglio ridipingere la cameretta dei bambini.
I want to repaint the children’s bedroom.

Voglio andare in vacanza a New York per Natale.
I want to go on vacation to New York for Christmas.

Non voglio che il cane salga sul divano.
I don’t want the dog to get on the couch.

Voglio un nuovo giocattolo, mamma!
I want a new toy, mommy!

little girl crying because she wants a new toy

Now let’s see where voglio in Italian comes from.


Use of voglio in Italian

You likely already know that the indicativo presente (present tense) conjugation for the pronoun io appends the ending -o to the root of the verb, or stem (see note for further info).

What’s the stem of a verb?
Italian verbs in the infinitive end in -ARE, -ERE and -IRE.
Cut out this part and you will be left with the root verb.
Examples:
tremare ➡️ trem-
piovere ➡️ piov-
cucire ➡️ cuc-
Italian verb endings for every tense are added to these root forms of the verb.

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Now, how would you conjugate the present tense of volere, “to want”?

Take away the infinitive ending -ere and add -o!

Volere… ➡️ Vol-… ➡️ Io volo?

That’s… not entirely correct.

boy flying a hang glider

You will maybe be surprised to know that the correct conjugation for volere is actually io voglio. Io volo means I fly. This is because volere, as said, is an irregular verb.

That said, let’s see the present tense conjugation of volere along with its pronunciation.

Present tense conjugation of volere

iovoglio
tuvuoi
lui, leivuole
noivogliamo
voivolete
lorovogliono
little girl having a tantrum

For example, you could say…

Voglio che porti le tue cose fuori da questa stanza.
I want you to take your things out of this room.

Vuoi fermarti a mangiare in un ristorante?
Do you want to stop and eat at a restaurant?

Vuoi un passaggio fino a casa?
Do you want a ride home?

Vogliamo andare in vacanza in Thailandia l’anno prossimo.
We want to go on vacation to Thailand next year.

And that’s it, now you know how to use voglio in Italian!


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