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Grammar detail: 〜たがる

〜たがる - (someone else) wants to (do something)
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verb stem
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たがる
means
someone else wants to do something
This verb conjugation allows the speaker to explain what somebody else wants to do or likes or dislikes doing in a general sense.
みんなサラちゃん
えいご
英語
はな
したがる

Everybody wants to speak with Sarah in English.
さいきん
だいがく
大学
まえ
がいこく
外国
きたがる

Kids these days want to go abroad, before they go to university.
To form the negative - somebody else doesn't want to... たがる becomes たがらない:
マリアさん
ひとまえ
人前
はな
したがらない

Maria doesn't like to speak in public.
この
あいだ
ジムくん
くるま
ぶつけたので
うんてん
運転
したがらない
Jim doesn't want to drive, because he crashed his car the other day.
verb stem +たがっている expresses what somebody is currently wanting to do:
どもたち
プレゼント
たがっている

The children want to see the presents.
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Kanji used in this grammar

エイ    England; hero; flower   
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ゴ   かた to talk, relate   かたらう to talk together, chat   
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ワ   はな to talk   はなし talking   
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シ   ス   こ child   
ダイ   タイ   おおきい big   おおいに very much   おお-    
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ガク   まな to learn   
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コウ   ギョウ   アン   ゆ    い to go   おこな to take place   
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ゼン   まえ before   
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ガイ   ゲ   そと outside   ほか other   はず to remove, mislead   はずれる to come off, to miss   
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コク   くに country   
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ジン   ニン   ひと person   
カン   ケン   あいだ interval, between   ま space, room   
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シャ   くるま car   
ウン   carry; luck   はこ to carry   
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テン   ころがる to roll (intr.)   ころがす to roll (tr.)   ころげる to roll about   ころ to fall over   
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ケン   み to see   みえる to be seen; to appear   みせる to show   
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