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.

  • 소시지 피자 맛있어요.

  • Maria

    너의 라면 맛있어요 -> Your ramen is delicious.

    • Kenny Lau

      Nice sentence! Notice that Koreans usually contract 너의 to 네, forming 네 라면 맛있어요. Also, sometines there is no space after 네, forming 네라면 맛있어요.

  • Suga Swag

    우와, 그거 정말 맛있겠다! 먹고 싶어요. (Wow, that looks really delicious! I want to eat.)
    아니에요. 그거 맛없어요. 저는 아까 그거는 먹었어요. (It’s not. That tastes awful. I ate that earlier.)


    • Kenny Lau

      Usually you don’t translate “it”. So, you can drop the “그거”.

      Also, “no” is 아니요 not 아니에요. The latter means “to be not”. In English you said “it’s not”, but that’s because that was a response to “that’s delicious” which used the verb “is”. In korean, “to be delicious” does not use the verb “to be”, so you cannot say 아니에요.

      In your last sentence, you used the topic marking particles 는/은 twice in one sentence. You should change the last one to the object making particles 를/을. Also, you can drop the 저는 as it is implied.

      Also, in the first sentence, you did not translate the “looks like”.

      Corrected version:
      우와! 맛있고 같아요! 먹고 싶어요.
      아니요, 정말 맛없어요. 아까 먹었어요.

  • Stephen Ting

    Thank you guys for making all these lessons! They’re super helpful and fun to go through! I’m going to be traveling to Korea soon and I like how you guys are starting off with things that would be useful for traveling. 감사합니다!

  • Sefirit

    Thank you guys for the lessons, I am enjoying them very much. I did have an unimportant question about 잘 먹겠습니다. I understand that 잘 is “well”, and 막 is the root of “to eat” so my question is about how it is conjugated. From another reference I have on conjugation, 먹을 겁니다 is a future formal version of the phrase and 먹었습니다 is the past formal (which fits exactly with the lesson). I was wondering what is going on with 겠습 as it seems to kind of mix the two. Anyone help would be appreciated even though you say not to worry too much about the grammar at this point.

    • Kenny Lau

      먹었어/먹었습니다 is “I ate”.
      먹겠어/먹겠습니다 is “I will eat”.
      먹을게 is “I will eat”.

      The last one has no formal form.

      The second line and the third line are two ways to form the future tense.

  • Destiny Smith

    김치 맛있어요!!!

  • 비빔밥하고 김치가 맛있어요.

  • Jewel

    The pdf for this lesson has been removed. Is there anywhere else we can find the free pdf? Thank you.

    • Iceis

      The pdf can be found by clicking the icon that says “pdf” in the “download available” box.


  • andwan0

    it seems that Scribd is slowly removing expired PDFs from their website for some reason.
    I have a Scribd account and like to keep all the TTMIK together in my own library/collection.

    Is there something TTMIK can do to prevent Scribd removing their PDFs?

    For example, just yesterday I was able to access Scribd’s of this lesson:


    but now, it says Scribd has removed it.

    eg. here’s my collection on Scribd:

  • Anne Meabock Williams Szymansk

    what is the difference between ma si ta and ma-si-sseo-yo

    • Bagdat

      Ma si ta – verb
      Masosseoyo – adjective

  • Myriam Riko

    Hello, I want to say that i love the intro. music ,,,it remind me with Seoul metro station

  • Tama H

    쿠키가 맛있어요~ >.<

  • Ellen Hutt

    When you are in a restaurant and the waiter or person working there gives you your food, do you say 잘 먹겠습니다 or 감사합니다 ? Love these lessons btw!!

    • Emma Ehlers

      감사합니다 to the waiter/waitress, 잘 먹겠습니다 to the people sitting at your table 🙂

  • 과일 맛있어요, 야채 맛없어요

  • Kristina Fiedalan

    i’m a bit confused. when i say, 이거 맛있어요, it means this is delicious. but what if i want to say this bibimbap is delicious.. do i say 이거 비빔밥 맛있어요 or do i drop the “거” and say 이 비빔밥 맛있어요? please help. thank you!

    • Seokjin Jin

      “이 비빔밥 맛있어요.” is correct. 🙂 Thanks for your comment.