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I frequently hear this pattern when watching Japanese TV. From a japanese native's perspective is this the only meaning to it: "I think I want to ~"

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I think we say したいと思います to mean "would like to do (now)", and したいと思っています to mean "would like to/hope to do (in the future)". I think したいと思います/と思っています sounds politer (and humbler?) than したいです.

  • I see thank you for clearing that up with your explanation about its usage. – JonathanC Jan 10 '14 at 4:59
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