voudrais vs veux when to use which?

voudrais vs veux when to use which?

Asked 3 years ago
LauraKwiziq language super star
Bonjour Darren ! Je veux means "I want" - it's very direct. Je voudrais means "I would like" - it's softer and politer, so you'd use it when ordering in a restaurant or shopping, for example.
AurélieKwiziq language super star
In France, we actually teach children to use "voudrais" instead of "veux" as it is more polite. "Maman, je veux un gâteau! - Non, on dit 'je voudrais / j'aimerais un gâteau, s'il-te-plaît maman' " :)
Merci pour les exemples.

voudrais vs veux when to use which?

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