Translation:I feel like doing something different.
It's my understanding that expressions indicating a wish are normally followed by the subjunctive. In this case the wish to do something different.
Although it may seem that this is a subj situation it should have the infinitive. I think the english speaking wish as a a verb causes confusion, this is a noun. I try to think of it as "I have (the yen/desire- to- do -something) rather than separating out its component parts. The stuff in brackets is the thing I have. In the same way Ho paura, ho fame. Sometimes the Irish blood in me helps me to think, the Italians wouldnt say it that way, start from somewhere else. There are loads of things we don't say, like non c'e', There is a temptation to over analyse. Volere can also be followed by the infinitive
No, this other translation is totally wrong. Sorry..You can traslate the same clause like "Voglio fare qualcosa di diverso". If you use the verb volere "io voglio" you have only to put di infinitive of the next verb (ex Io voglio essere diverso"); if you use the verb avere + voglia (ho voglia), you have to put the preposition "di" + infinitive of the verb (ex io ho voglia di giocare).
The question has "ho voglia di fare" just like your example. Was this different before?
So another translation could be "ho voglio che io faccia qualcosa di diverso"?
it should be"ho vogliA che io...." but it sounds weird in this case after "ho voglia" to use a subordinate clause with an explicit verb at the 1st sing. pers. (che io faccia...) The natural way is "ho voglia di fare..."
I am looking at the subjunctive section of the conjugation chart for volere (http://italian.about.com/library/verb/blverb_volere.htm), and "ho voglia" isn't there -- suggesting to me that this is not a compound tense of the subjunctive? What, then, is "ho voglia"?
It's the "avere voglia di" on this page: <http://italian.about.com/od/verbs/a/italian-verb-avere_3.htm>
if "voglia" is a noun here, the sentence is "I have a wish...". Am I right?
"ho" 1st pers. sing. verb avere "voglia" noun, in this case direct object of "ho"
So where did "feel like" come from? Isn't there a different verb for "feel". Besides, "feel like" is colloquial and widely used, but technically incorrect.
Avere voglia di, it is my understanding that this is also a colloquial expression , voglia implying a yen or a wish, in English usage "to feel like" fits the bill, although the voglia, or yen is a noun. That's how it was explained to me anyway, and it seems to work. I think of it as a different construction than using the verb volere.
I think , although the sentiment is similar, you have wandered a little from the grammar
Really? Literally the Italian means "I have (a) wish/desire to do something different".
You do have a good point. I guess I am thinking "I wish" is a simple verb whereas Ho voglia is a verb + noun, pedantic I know and the end result is probably the same. I never know whether DL wants us to be literal or not