Level 1 Lesson 12 / it’s delicious, it tastes awful, thank you for the food / 맛있어요, 맛없어요, 잘 먹겠습니다, 잘 먹었습니다

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안녕하세요! In this TTMIK lesson, we are going to have a look at how to say “It’s delicious.” “It tastes awful.” and how to say thanks for food before and after a meal. The expression 잘 먹겠습니다 [jal meok-ge-sseum-ni-da] is an expression that is very commonly used among Koreans before a meal, and it has some other hidden purposes as well. Listen in to find out! And be sure to check out the free PDF lesson notes! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us in the comment! 감사합니다.

You can download a free PDF for this lesson here, or if you want to study with our TalkToMeInKorean textbooks, you can get them here. And after you learn the basics, try writing your own Korean sentences and get corrections from native speakers through HaruKorean, our 1:1 correction service.


  • Seth

    I’m 5 years to late… Its 2015 already so I had missed her. Is she still in New York?

    • Seokjin Jin

      Did you mean 소연? She is in Korea now. :)

  • Matheus Gonçalves

    2015 ! haha

    • Seokjin Jin

      Yay! Happy new year!

  • Phuong Nguyen

    커 피 맛 있 어 요! 감 사 합 니 다!!

    • Seokjin Jin

      커피 맛있어요! 감사합니다!

  • Gaby Bosco

    초콜릿 맛있어요!! TTMIK 감사합니다!!

  • Sumi Yi

    돈까스 맛있어요!

  • Jason Vega

    I don’t understand why the “s” character is used in the first syllable of the hangeul phonetic for ma-deop-seo-yo. If the word for taste is “mat” why is it spelled with the “s” instead of the “d/t” symbol?

    • lolla

      The s goes up instead of the “ㅇ” in 이 so we pronounce it as 있어요 the ㅆ goes up instead of o so we pronounce it

  • Nawal

    피자 맛있어요 ^^

  • yourippehdees

    프랑스산포도주 맛있어요.
    French wine is tasty.

    파전 맛있어요.
    Pacheon is delicious.

    번데기가 맛없어요 하고 안 먹고십어요.
    Beondegi is not tasty, and I don’t want to eat it.

  • https://www.facebook.com/yinara94 Noor M. Ahmed

    바나나 맛있어요 :)
    양파 맛없어요 :(