Quick answer
"Desearía" is a form of "desear", a transitive verb which is often translated as "to want". "Ojalá" is an interjection which is often translated as "hopefully". Learn more about the difference between "desearía" and "ojalá" below.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to long for)
a. to want
Solo deseo hacerte feliz.I just want to make you happy.
¿Qué deseas para Navidad?What do you want for Christmas?
b. to wish
El director desea hablar con usted.The director wishes to speak to you.
c. to desire
Los discursos del presidente dejan mucho que desear.The president's speeches leave a lot to be desired.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
"¿Qué desea?", preguntó el mayordomo."How can I help you?," asked the butler.
¿Desea algo de tomar?Would you like something to drink?
2. (to express a desire for)
a. to wish
Les deseé muchos años de felicidad.I wished them many years of happiness.
3. (to desire sexually)
a. to want
"Te deseo", dijo el rompecorazones de la película."I want you," said the heartbreaker in the movie.
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An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
1. (used to express a desire)
a. hopefully
Escuché que mañana llega tu hijo. - ¡Ojalá!I heard that your son arrives tomorrow. - Hopefully!
b. if only
Dijeron que van a cancelar clases mañana por la nieve. - ¡Ojalá!They said classes will be canceled tomorrow because of the snow. - If only!
c. I hope so (first person singular)
Parece que hoy será un día lindo por fin. - ¡Ojalá!It looks like today will finally be a nice day. - I hope so!
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
2. (used to express a desire)
a. I wish (first person singular)
¡Ojalá no tuviera que ir!I wish I didn't have to go!
b. I hope (first person singular)
La propuesta estará lista para la 1 pm. - ¡Ojalá tengas razón!The proposal should be ready by 1 pm. - I hope you're right!
c. let's hope (first person plural)
¡Ojalá tengamos buen tiempo el fin de semana!Let's hope there's good weather this weekend!
d. if only
Ojalá te pudiera ver todos los días, mi amor.If only I could see you every day, my love.
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