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Each of this words seems to mean I want / I wish / I'd like.

For example:

Was würden sie gern essen?

Can you help me to understand the difference between them?

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one note: it's würden, not wurden. –  Yogu Mar 13 '14 at 22:45
Perhaps you can read the link given as part of the answer to your own question in the meta: meta.german.stackexchange.com/questions/628/… Maybe not mentioned there, but it's not too difficult to type ü, ä, and ö, in turn, it would be very helpful. –  c.p. Mar 13 '14 at 23:48
Can you give an example for each? As they are, I do not understand all of them. –  Carsten Schultz Mar 14 '14 at 1:26
maybe this also helps: german.stackexchange.com/questions/9748/… –  christian.s Mar 14 '14 at 7:26

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I think this is very well explained here. I hope this helps.

Willst du is 2nd person singular of wollen. It is a desire coming from your will/head rather then a hearts wish. When you order in a restaurant you often choose möchten (subjunctive of mögen) than wollen, because it is much more polite.

Ich will ... = I want ...

Ich möchte ... = I'd like ...

Also refer to this Q&A: "Ich möchte das gerne machen" or "Ich würde das gerne machen"

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