Quick answer
"Deseo" is a noun which is often translated as "wish", and "ojalá" is an interjection which is often translated as "hopefully". Learn more about the difference between "deseo" and "ojalá" below.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (general)
a. wish
Si tuvieras tres deseos, ¿qué pedirías?If you had three wishes, what would you ask for?
2. (longing)
a. desire
El deseo que los amantes tienen el uno para el otro es inconmensurable.The desire that lovers have for each other is immeasurable.
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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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