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.


  • 애슐리

    You said 저 케익 맛있어요. = That cake is delicious. But 저 doest mean “I” ?

    • Shanelle

      저 does mean “I”, but in Lesson 7 they go over how it also means “that (over there).”

  • 지웰 알라이싸

    안녕하세요 선생님 ^u^
    I have some question, I have been recently visited this site and it’s giving many example words. Can you please tell me if this site examples are correct.. and yes this site really helps me a lot but I’m visiting this site for some words example…감사합니다 =D
    Site:http://www.howtostudykorean.com/

  • Catia

    I’m so happy cuz I just realized I don’t think of the Korean words as English words, I think of the meaning and not exactly the equivalent English word ^_^
    When I speak English I don’t think of the Spanish equivalent (that would make it impossible to talk) I just think of the meaning so it makes sense I’d do the same with Korean… That’s no big discovery but it made me happy to realize that :)
    Also I do see that some things in Korean are more like Spanish than English in some ways and I guess it also helps me that I don’t really have a “written in stone” idea of what grammar should be like, (I mean like only one idea of grammar not that I don’t know grammar correctly)
    And my question is can you say “고기 맛없어요” if you’re trying to say you don’t like meat? And can you say that to say you don’t eat meat or if not how do you say you don’t eat meat?
    감사합니다 :D

    • Seokjin Jin

      고기 맛없어요 means that the meat is not delicious. You can say “저 고기 안 먹어요” and it means “I don’t eat meat”.

    • Catia

      감사합니다 성생님 ^_^
      I really wanted to know how to say that :) it makes a lot of sense, I think it’ll be easier to figure out how to say stuff like that (simple) next time :)
      I just love korean, it makes a lot more sense than English xD
      But I’ve got one more question, can I say 안좋아요 to mean I don’t like it (or whatever else) or is there a word that means to not “like”?

    • Seokjin Jin

      안 좋아요 means that something is not good. You should say 안 좋아해요 to mean “I don’t like”.

    • Catia

      Okay, thanks ^_^
      I do forget a lot about 해 to change the meaning… I’ll work on remembering that :)

  • Kiwi

    안녕하세요?
    케익 맛있어요? 아니요.케익 맛없어요. 홍차 맛있어요.
    이거 수업 재미있어요!
    감사합니다!

  • hwa young

    계란말이 너무 너무 너무 맛있어요

  • hwa young

    아 그리고 감사함니다 TTMIK

  • cheong yana

    is 잘 먹을게 right ?

    도와주세요

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      In casual form, “잘 먹을게” is right and in polite form, “잘 먹을게요” is right.

  • esteru

    비빔밥 맛있어요! 난 무비빔밥 너 좋아해요 ^^

  • Kiwi

    I have a question: how would I specifically say that something is tasteless/bland rather than that it tastes bad? If I say 맛없어요, won’t people assume that I mean that it tastes bad? For example, I like oat cakes, but they don’t always have a strong flavour, so what would I way if I want to say “That is a little tasteless.”?

  • maria tarhini

    hey i dont understand it, is it the same phrase we say before and after eating (tarl-mo-ga-sam-nida) ?! its strange , since it means (i will eat well) so we cant say it after eating,..please tell me :/