Is it correct to say "I wished I had learnt something somehow"|| Is there a better way to say it in few words ?? (After much practicing I felt I was not getting good at a skill, so, in my childhood days I wished I could become skillful, sure, I did not want to skip the process but was sometimes frustrated so to speak)

Timeline: childhood days, wishing for the future; which was not a reality in the then present time.

I want to express a feeling that I had in the past. And in that point in time, I had a strong desire to learn a skill but was in the process of learning.

Context We all know learning a skill takes time and perseverance. But we sometimes become impatient as the process of becoming a pro from novice is time consuming. Hence, we start wishing "Somehow I be as good as xyz(pro)" etc.

Any help in this regard is highly appreciated.

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    If your parents had recorded a video of you when you were a child expressing this thought what would you be saying? “I wish I could already play the piano.” “I wish I already knew how to play.” – Jim Feb 3 '19 at 0:36
  • Wow, glad that you came up with a good illustration and a nice way to express this thought. You are right, I would construct my sentence that way. However, my question is, how will I explain this whole experience to someone else without using direct speech, For example, in the above case, My parents recorded a video, and in that video, --->I expressed how I wished I could play the piano? <--.....it sounds better than....I wished I had learnt piano somehow (doesn't sound good to my ears).. modal auxiliary "could" made the difference.....Is this the solution to my problem? – yeppe Feb 3 '19 at 5:22
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    Exactly. I first wanted to make sure I understood what you wanted to say and I figured it would be easier to do that in present tense. Then we can put it in the past: “I wished I already knew how to play.” “ I wished I could already play” – Jim Feb 3 '19 at 5:26
  • Could you post this as an answer I would be glad to mark this thread as close! Thanks for everything. – yeppe Feb 3 '19 at 5:28
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    It’s ok, not my preference. The ’somehow’ is ambiguous. I would say, “I wished that somehow I had already learned to play.” – Jim Feb 3 '19 at 5:38

Copying the answer from the comments section (credit goes to Jim)!

It’s ok, not my preference. The ’somehow’ is ambiguous. I would say, “I wished that somehow I had already learned to play.”

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