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 :)

    • jazmin

      honestly korean is more like english, spanish is so different :)

    • Catia

      I said in “some” things.. But then again Spanish is my mother language so… XD
      U have to admit that the sounds r closer to Spanish than English though :)

  • 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 :/

    • Bomer

      They wrote it in the PDF.

  • Magdalena Plazola

    Okay, I’ve noticed that a lot of kpop stars say mashda instead of ma-si-sseo-yo. is the way they are saying it’s delicious wrong or is mashda a more casual way of saying ma-si-sseo-yo when they want to say something is delicious or is there a different word for delicious in korean? if you could clear this up for me, that would help very much!

    • jazmin

      well it ends in AD so maybe is the verd i dont know but it could be :)

    • Seokjin Jin

      For the meaning of “to be delicious”, 맛있다 and 맛있어요 are often used.

      First of all, I want to say that 맛있다 is a dictionary form and as it is a casual form, so it is often used between friends or when you say it to yourself like exclamation. There is a present form, too, 맛있어.
      맛있어요 is a formal expression. Casually, you can use 맛있다 or 맛있어.

  • jennifer

    Hi, why in 잘 먹겠습니다 the m is the letter B? and why the 겠 (ge) is not by itself? Thank you!

    • Seokjin Jin

      For the easy pronounce, the each letters are effected when the word is spoken.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1245680941 Robin Tudge

    I can’t remember what they say on Air Koryo. How much does the Pyongyang accent differ to that of Seoul?

    • Bomer

      Probably hard to understand, if u can’t even speak with the seoul accent ^^

  • jennifer

    Choco Pie 맛있어요…Choco pie 주세요

    • Seokjin Jin

      저도 초코파이 먹고 싶어요. ㅠ.ㅠ

  • jennifer

    choco pie 먹 고싶 요

  • Lovely Nody (나다)

    고맙습니다 선생님 ♡
    나는 라면이 요리 ! .. 정말 맛있어요 ! ^^
    그런데 나에게 김치는 맛없어요 ^^ :(
    나중에 .. 김밥 , 짜장면 그리고 떡볶이가 여리고 싶은데 !!! :D

  • Nancy Achaia

    there is also 닭 for the word chicken

  • Nancy Achaia

    프라이드 치킨 맛있어요
    샐러드 맛없어요

  • Guest

    초콜릿 있 어 요

  • Jay

    초콜릿 맛있어요

  • Serenity Maria

    I was curious how come 맛 is ‘mat’ when ㅅ is ‘s’ why is it ‘t’ instead of ‘s’

    • Bomer

      U pronounce ㅅ as T at the end of the syllable.

      맛(있)어요 – Maschissohyo, has this 이 there, so u pronounce it “shi”. Kinda always if 이 follows on the ㅅ.

  • http://www.weibo.com/u/3560364960 Suzanne

    I’m going to give it a shot! 이맥주맛있어요! 수박맛없어요! A goal now is to try more Korean food so I can talk about how delicious it is.

    • Seokjin Jin

      Great job! Let me just add spacings.

      이 맥주 맛있어요!
      수박 맛없어요!

  • http://smaugthedesolator.tumblr.com smaugthedesolator

    Is it rude to say 맛있어요? I would think that it would be rude to say it out loud… Usually when I don’t like something, I just say… “well… it does have a taste, that’s for sure”

    • Bomer

      Hmm, as you like it better. In germany I’m the only one in my family who does actually say if something does not taste… I think it’s ur own thing how straight u say such things.
      But well, I’m autist ^^ maybe it’s because of this.

      You mean 맛없어요, right ?

  • Bomer

    Can I say the very formal way of greeting in a restaurant ?
    Or does it sound strange ?

  • A

    what is bajayo means ?

    • U C H I H A

      it means:”that’s right” you can check it in the previous lessons, maybe lesson 2 or 3 can’t remember.

    • Julia

      It’s 맞아요 , pronounce as “ma ja yo”

  • Muriel

    초콜릿 & 아이스크림 맛있어요!
    오징어 맛없어요..

  • faiza

    Oooh guys why are doing this to me ? I haven’t eat since yesterday ’cause i’m busy in school . you make me fill hangry. Stop talking about food please,jeaball . and thank you TTMIK the lesson was very easy and clair . jongmal gomowoyo and sarangheayo

  • Julia 벽산

    김치찌개 맛있어요.

  • M

    I don’t think it is true at all that English speakers don’t wait for others’ food to arrive. That might be an American habit. I’m from a country with historically British manners and we think its rude not to wait for all of the food to arrive. The only instance where we wouldn’t wait would be if we were with someone, like a sibling, who obviously doesn’t care.

  • Matt

    잘 먹겠습니다 when I visit Korea.

    감사합니다 for the lesson.

  • Ayli

    Can u help me,i want to talk about taste of food like salty hot bitter or…

    • Seokjin Jin

      salty – 짜다
      bitter – 쓰다
      sweet – 달다

    • Ayli

      고맙습니다^^

    • Guest

      고맙습니다^_^

  • Robert Marsh

    Wow… Y’all have been doing this for a long time

    • Seokjin Jin

      Yes. Even now, we are still trying our best to make better contents.