"I want some milk."

Translation:ぎゅうにゅうがほしいです。

7/4/2017, 6:10:22 PM

24 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/DawnChesbr

Why are they using 牛乳 instead of the vastly more used ミルク? Yes, it's a word imported from English, and yes 牛乳 is "Milk" in Japanese, but if you ask a native speaker which they drink at home, 9/10 would say ミルク.

7/4/2017, 6:10:23 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/sora_Japan
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Certainly in conversation we are using "ミルク" rather than "牛乳".
But the word "牛乳" is officially defined by the rule. "牛乳" is milk only "cow". etc. So, the milk company prints the word "牛乳" on the package. It is useful when you are looking for milk at the supermarket. And there are few Japanese who do not know "牛乳". The word is still alive.

7/5/2017, 2:00:22 AM

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Why?!?

9/4/2018, 12:48:16 PM

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Literally "Want milk." right?

7/15/2017, 3:53:08 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Alex425703

Yep

7/21/2017, 1:13:06 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/achipa19
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Yes, literally, although no-one would translate it this way as the subject (common in Japanese) is indicated

2/26/2019, 7:47:46 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Asterales

Is です really necessary?

10/11/2017, 7:04:43 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Rezz_

I think technically not, but the です makes the sentence formal and that seems to be the course's approach. I may be wrong, though.

10/28/2017, 12:32:03 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Jess371314

No it's just a plus in politeness , indeed the word by itself doesn't have any meaning

12/31/2017, 2:39:10 AM

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「牛乳が欲しいです」wasn't accepted as a correct solution.

1/7/2019, 8:26:51 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/mik.santoro

Why is it が instead of は. I think i understand the difference between topic and subject, but would it be fine either way?

10/5/2017, 12:17:35 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/WhiteyHead

why is it some, and not just milk.

10/23/2017, 3:45:42 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/SabianF
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Shouldn't this be 牛乳を欲しいです。

2/3/2018, 9:14:37 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/rhys.whit
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the problem here is that the English translation contains a verb and a direct object -- I want milk. But that's not actually how the sentence functions in Japanese. 欲しい is an adjective, not a verb. It might be helpful to think of the direct translation as "Milk is desirable [to me]." Therefore, 牛乳 is actually the subject of the sentence, and thus takes the が particle.

10/27/2018, 5:10:01 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/nich227
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牛乳が欲しいです。

3/11/2018, 3:31:57 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/cmorwin
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Unfortunately neither set of kanji is accepted, so I've reported each one individually and both of them together as solutions.

8/4/2018, 11:30:01 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Plutopia

Ir can be gyunyu wo nomitai? If the phrase was I want to drink milk.

7/10/2017, 1:38:02 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/NathanDale3
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Yes, though I don't think Duolingo has covered that verb form yet, and it was specifically asking to translate "want milk" instead of "want to drink milk."

7/16/2017, 8:54:02 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/SebastianS968292

Is ほしい really used like this? In restaurants or around a dinner table? I thought it means more "I wish for". And you would rather use X おねがいします, or Xをください to express that you want something?

8/8/2017, 4:15:56 AM

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From what I've seen, you're thinking along the right track. If i just got home after a long day at work and was tired/hot, I might say "牛乳が欲しいです" meaning that i desire a cool glass of milk to help me relax. If, however, I was sitting at the table with someone who just poured themselves a glass of milk, I'd say "牛乳をください" essentially asking them to pass the milk.

I've always thought of ください and お願いします as "as for that thing you have/near you/you have some influence over, can I get involved with it?" If you see an ad for ice cream, you woudln't use ください to your friend, because they can't give you any, but you would tell them you want some (and maybe invite them to go get some), however, when at the ice cream shop, you'd say ください to the server, since they can influence/facilitate the delivery of ice cream to you.

8/4/2018, 11:26:03 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/JasonDale1

Would wo kudasai work?

1/10/2018, 1:15:14 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/cmorwin
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ください is sort of like asking for it to be given/provided to you, whereas 欲しい is just stating a desire to have. You can express your desire/want of a million dollars, but using ください would get you strange looks, since you're essentially asking them for the million dollars. Think of ください as more of a "please pass the..." phrase.

8/4/2018, 11:29:11 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/ManoahKun
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I am in desire of milk

1/24/2018, 10:20:32 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Rael763700

didn't accept 【牛乳】, please accept kanji ❤❤❤❤❤❤

3/5/2018, 1:22:05 PM
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