Vorrei VS Mi piacerebbe

Jemma

Buona sera, 

I want to ask the difference between Vorrei and Mi piacerebbe as both mean " I would like to...(something)".

For example,
I would like to play the guitar
is Mi piacerebbe suona la chitarra or Vorrei suona la chitarra correct?

How about for things like:
I would like to use the washroom
I would like to ask you a question
I would like to eat/have (this) for lunch
I would like to have a consultation with you
I would like to go on a holiday trip again

How would these be translated in Italiano?

Tante grazie!!

Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor

Hi Rachelyeo,

The correct sentence is either Mi piacerebbe suonare la chitarra or Vorrei suonare la chitarra. After a conditional tense, the verb that follows is always an infinitive verb.

That said, the difference is in the verbs piacere (to like) and volere (to want). In this particular construction, they are both translated as I would like in English. "Vorrei" would literally mean "I would want".

They are generally used as synonyms, but in some cases one form is more common than the other, especially when there is a request implied.

I would like to use the washroom
Vorrei usare il bagno (Mi piacerebbe sounds weird, as this is more like asking permission rather than something that you like)

I would like to ask you a question
Vorrei fare una domanda (more common) / Mi piacerebbe fare una domanda

I would like to eat/have (this) for lunch
Vorrei mangiare (questo) per pranzo / Mi piacerebbe mangiare (questo) per pranzo

I would like to have a consultation with you
Vorrei consultarmi con te (more common, asking for permission) / Mi piacerebbe consultarmi con te

I would like to go on a holiday trip again
Vorrei andare ancora in vacanza / Mi piacerebbe andare ancora in vacanza

Hope this helps!

Lucia
 

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