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"Me gustaría viajar a China."

Translation:I would like to travel to China.

February 28, 2018



What tense is me gustaría (and quiseria - which also seems to mean I would like)? Is this subjuctive?

February 28, 2018


The "-ía" suffix is Spanish Conditional Tense and added to Spanish verb infinitives to mean "would, could, and/or should" + the meaning of the specific verb. Thus, the verb "gustarse" means "is pleasing to (someone)/likes," with the reflexive pronoun tweaking the literal meaning of "is pleasing to" so that "gustar" is connotatively interpreted in English as "like." Thus, "gustaría" means "could like," "would like," and "should like."

The verb "querer" means "to want." "Quisiera" is its (imperfect) subjunctive form. I found this at SpanishDict.com: "Quisiera" (Past subjunctive - The most polite. No really literal translation exists that you would use in English. The most "literal" translation would probably be "If it were possible, I would have wanted". But it is interpreted more accurately and connotatively as "If you could, I would like," or "if you could be so kind, I would like")." If any native Spanish speaker can offer an example and further explanation, it would be greatly appreciated.

July 28, 2018


and quiseria(wrong) - quisiera (right)

February 28, 2018


«Me gustaría» is conditional and «quisiera» is imperfect subjunctive.

February 28, 2018


I don't understand what conditional and imperfect subjunctive means. Can you please explain them to me?

November 21, 2018


I am just being to learn this myself (so keep this in mind I might not be correct),but I believe word with the "ría" are typically conditional("quería" is one of a word that an examption which is just the past tense ) and are used where we would use the word "would"( "i would", "he would" etc.). The subjunctive are used when someone might not be the case purely hyperthetical and use after word like "si"≈"if", quizás≈"maybe", " tal vez"≈"perhaps" etc.

December 1, 2018


Conditional literally means there is a condition attached to the statement such as I would like to go out if it is warm. Unfortunately we also use conditional when there isn't a condition simply because that's how we talk but the conditional tense exists to attach conditions to things. I can't explain it imperfect subjunctive however. not that much of a grammar nerd.

January 6, 2019


sorry, I don't have a grasp of verb tenses, but from a practical matter, what is the difference in usage between me gustaria and quisiera? when would you use one over the other?

September 25, 2018


It really important to know how word are used reflectively here.

The word "gustar" is often used reflectively (wich basicly mean its usage is different than the rest) "me gusta" is often better translate in the sentence as "it pleases me" or when it plural "me gustan" should be translated to "they please me" instead of "i like it" or "i like them" but this is not comen in English so they teach this "as i like it" or "i like them".

The word "querer" is better translated to"I want" we don't say "i want" in English a lot because it kind of rude to say it like that but it is not so much in Spanish so we often translate it as "i like".

So basically us gustar( know that it congugated differently) when it would please you and use querer when you want something.

November 23, 2018


Thank you, Joseph!

January 20, 2019


Why is "China" capitalised in Spanish? I was under the impression that the capitlisation of proper nouns was not a requirement in "español".

October 30, 2018


"Gustaria" I thought was for a different person?

November 30, 2018


playing the slow version of this sounds like hes fed up with you

December 28, 2018


Thanks all - helpful. My explanation of the subjunctive which is also in English is that it is very formal and often predictive. So ... If were in power i would. .....

May 11, 2019
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