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To wish in Russian 🇷🇺

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to wish желать
How to say “to wish” in Russian? “Желать”. Here you will learn how to pronounce “желать” correctly and in the comments below you will be able to get all sorts of advice on to wish in Russian like tips & tricks to remember it, questions, explanations and more.

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Tips to remember the Russian word:
– Think of "желать" as sounding somewhat like "gelato" even though they mean different things.
– You could associate the Russian word "желание" (zhelaniye), which means "desire", to help anchor the idea of wishing or wanting something.

– "Желать" is a verb meaning "to wish" or "to desire".
– It can also mean "to want".

Other words that mean the same thing:
– Хотеть (khotet') – to want
– Желать (pozhelat') in its perfective form also means "to wish" (typically used for a completed action).


– Желать (zhelat')

Past Tense:
– Я/Ты/Он желал (ya/ty/on zhelal) – I/You/He wished
– Я/Ты/Она желала (ya/ty/ona zhelala) – I/You/She wished
– Мы/Вы/Они желали (my/vy/oni zhelali) – We/You/They wished

Present Tense:
– Я желаю (ya zhelayu) – I wish
– Ты желаешь (ty zhelayesh') – You wish
– Он/Она/Оно желает (on/ona/ono zhelayet) – He/She/It wishes
– Мы желаем (my zhelayem) – We wish
– Вы желаете (vy zhelayetye) – You (formal/plural) wish
– Они желают (oni zhelayut) – They wish

Future Tense:
– Я буду желать (ya budu zhelat') – I will wish
– Ты будешь желать (ty budesh' zhelat') – You will wish
– Он/Она/Оно будет желать (on/ona/ono budet zhelat') – He/She/It will wish
– Мы будем желать (my budem zhelat') – We will wish
– Вы будете желать (vy budetye zhelat') – You (formal/plural) will wish
– Они будут желать (oni budut zhelat') – They will wish

Examples of sentences:

– Я желаю вам счастья. (Ya zhelayu vam schast'ya.) – I wish you happiness.
– Он желал стать врачом. (On zhelal stat' vrachom.) – He wished to become a doctor.
– Мы будем желать тебе удачи. (My budem zhelat' tebe udachi.) – We will wish you luck.
– Ты желаешь успеха? (Ty zhelayesh' uspekh?) – Do you wish for success?
– Она хочет желать ему всего хорошего. (Ona khochet zhelat' emu vsego khoroshego.) – She wants to wish him all the best.

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