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POLITE WAYS TO ASK

I thought there was a distinction between saying: "Ich will ---" and "Ich moechte ---". One is direct and one is more polite. Yet I was marked wrong for not checking both answers.

May 19, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wataya

You're right. When asking for something, 'Ich möchte' is somewhat more polite than 'Ich will'. (Similar to the English 'I'd like' vs. 'I want'). As they essentially mean the same thing, duolinguo doesn't seem to distinguish them.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julika

In the display, you should only find "would like" for "möchten" and "want" for "wollen", but sometimes the best and most natural translation has the one in English and the other in German.

Please share specific sentences with us so we can look into the example.

Thanks for bringing this up!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jhodgo

I've noticed that locals very rarely actually seem to say 'ich möchte' and will often say something like 'ich nehme'. Is this right to you?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wataya

It depends on the situation. When ordering something in a restaurant or buying something in a shop, "Ich nehme..." is not considered impolite and usually fine to use.

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