Where in the world can a guy buy a necktie these days? The staff member quickly whips out her inventory book and after a few seconds thumbing through the index she responds:. What in the world could a necktie have to do with learning Japanese? It turns out a tie—or rather a -tai —is essential for saying what you want in the Japanese language. That means we can learn all about expressing wants and desires in Japanese in terms of the best mnemonic device: the humble necktie.
We will now learn how to say what you want either by just coming out and saying it or by making discreet suggestions. This makes sense because the conjugated form is a description of something that you want to do. In English, we employ a verb to say that we want something.
There are many ways to express wants or desire in Japanese depending on the situation. Are you in want of an object or an action? Are you speaking to a superior or a peer? Are you telling a statement or asking a question? Each scenario will require a different way to express "to want" or "to desire" in Japanese.