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.

  • 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

    • Ilham

      There is no actual logical explanation
      As they said u have just to learn it memorise it and deal with it like that
      U write ㅅ and u pronounce it as a d/t

  • 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 :(

  • Pomagranite16

    If I say 이 케이크는 맛있어요, Would I be saying “I dunno about all the other cakes around here, but THIS cake is delicious.” Yes?

    • Raquel Valejo

      Yes! You are saying that That especific cake is delicious.

  • Khalifa Saeed Al-Mehairi

    팬케이크 맛있어요! :)
    (paen-ke-i-ku ma-si-se-yo)
    Pancake is delicious! :)

  • Udam Chheng

    불고기 좋아요. 맛있어요.

    • Vi chhai

      네 저도. 볼고기 맛있어요

  • Kaye O’Malley

    양파 맛없어요.

    • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miles-Younkin-Pottery/1501563486771653?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Miles Younkin

      아니요! 양파 좋아요!

    • Wendra Setiawan

      네, 맞아 요

  • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miles-Younkin-Pottery/1501563486771653?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Miles Younkin

    독일 맥주 맛있어요. (German beer is delicious)?

  • Nate

    What does ‘yorobun’ (I guess it’s 여러분) mean? I heard it near the end of this lesson.

    • Pomagranite

      It means “everyone”. So 안녕하세요 여러분 means “hello, everyone” :)

    • Nate


  • PenguinBeng

    사탕 맛있어요 and 여주/비터 멜론 맛없어요.

  • Maria

    How come when there’s a ㅅ at the end of a syllable, it’s romanized/pronounced as ‘t’, but it’s more of an s-sound when it’s at the beginning of a syllable? I’ve noticed it on a few different words but is it like a general rule?

    • Jihyun Lee

      They discussed this in a previous lesson. Usually a consonant follows this final consonant and it is easier to roll of the tongue if you pronounce it like a t.

    • Maria

      Yeah, they actually explained it in this episode. I wrote the comment too soon :b But thanks anyway!

  • Elico Malata

    hahaha, you guys bully Kyeong-eun a lot. lol
    Kyeong-eun noona 잘 먹겠습니다

  • http://www.viki.com/users/KyokoRyouga kyoko

    콜롬비아 음식 맛있어요

  • Miranda Sze Ching Ti

    Hi~actually is it possible for you guys to add the appropriate markers in the sample sentences? As I am learning Korean and I need to write all the markers in compositions. Thanks!

  • Connie

    I hope you guys change your sample dialogue, since the roman words doesn’t match the ones in Hangul. Another question does it have to have another “S” in Jal meok ge seum ni da? because in the ge part it has two “s”. In question for from your book you ask, if a friend invites you over for dinner and you want to say the expression before you eat to thank your friend for the food should it be Jal Meo Guel Ge? I’ve looked in the answer and it seems different from the answer.

    • Rand

      No that’s correct. It’s one of the 받침 rules. 절 먹겠습니다 – note the ㅆ in the batchim position followed by the ㅅ consonant. In this case, the following consonant gains tenseness (becomes ㅆ) and the batchim consonant is consumed (removed from pronunciation).

  • Yosiqe

    First of all, I just purchased the beginner (extended) package and it is awesome!! I am really happy that I invested in the books. Thanks for producing such a great quality product, and making the experience a fun one. Очень хорошо! Muy Bueno!! Very good!!!! When I learn the Korean version I will update this post:)

    My question: Is there a specific rule for when to use ㅊ vs ㅈ? In short, when should I use one or the other? Example: 재미 vs 책. I can’t hear the difference in the pronunciation, hence is there a rule?

    • Raquel Valejo

      Well from what i learned, ㅈ is for a sound close to J sound. and ㅊ

  • Amine Badraoui

    thank you so much for your lessons. Respect from Morocco.

  • Liliya Voloshenyuk

    Well, on the second page of your PFD, some of the examples (ex: 저 케익 맛있어요 and ex:이 차 맛없어요) don’t come with 가 after the 저 or 이. I was wondering maybe there is a rule for that, or some other explanation?

    And also thank you so much for you lessons! I’m learning my third language and these lessons are a big help!고맙습니다

  • Katherine-Alice Werner

    Southerners from the USA wait for others to eat as well.

    • Yep

      Exists in the North as well to some degree. I wouldn’t particularly wait a long time for my friends’ orders to arrive, but I’d probably give it at least 2-3 minutes before digging in just in case their food is just around the corner. Everyone would have kind of a “it’s gonna get cold” feeling if I were to wait much longer.

  • Leandro Giles

    불고기 맛있어요 :) 김치 맛없어요 =S

  • Jennifer Vernetti

    Gamsahamnida for all your lessons! It makes learning so much jae-mi, lol! I’m sure this has been asked before, but does anyone know how I can type with a Hangeul keyboard? I have only an English one. Btw, in the midwest of the USA, we wait for others to eat as well! :)

    • Rowan Kelleher

      Bit late but, there you go anyways :)

    • Josh Kubes

      You can also go in to your keyboard settings and add keyboards. I have Japanese and Korean on mine. The only think with the Korean keyboard you have to memorize or have a cheat sheet until you memorize or get keyboard stickers.

  • taocheyeol

    I guess the alternative to ‘잘 먹겠습니다’ in western (Christian) cultures would be to make a prayer before eating.
    In my culture, as a Muslim we say “Bismillah” before eating and “Alhamdulilah” after eating. But these sayings aren’t exclusive to eating.
    I can’t believe Kyeongeun’s friend didn’t wait to eat until her food arrived.
    All my friends and family including myself wait for everybody’s food to arrive. It’s common curiosity plus it’s just nice to eat together lol..Ps. I grew up in Australia :)

    • CharleRae

      Yes I also think it is polite to wait for everyone’s food to arrive. I grew up in the US but I think here it all depends on the area. I am from the south so it is considered to be known for hospitality in this country so maybe that is why. In any case I was raised to wait until everyone was ready before eating and we always feed the children first.

      Also I LOVE this site. I always tell people it is THE BEST for learning Korean.


      ~차리 (charle)

    • 코코몽

      In Norway we say “Thanks for the food.” After eating. I hear its not so usual.

    • Roberta Spiga

      In Italy we say “Buon appetito” beafore eating, which kinda means “eat well”.

  • Amina :)

    IDK if these lessons are getting easier to understand, or maybe I am the one who’s getting better at this (except for the evil topic / subject marking particles)

    • JooyeonPark

      Definitely you are the one who’s getter better! you’re doing great :)

    • Amina :)

      남사함니다 선생님

    • aelliseu cheese

      yaay thats good!

    • Amina :)

      Thank you ^^

    • Josh Kubes

      I know! They had that side discussion about money and I got all excited because I understood what they were saying. Although I’ve found my match with 잘 먹겠습니다, 잘 먹었습니다 at least for now… I’m getting all tongue tied with them.

  • Ricky Chan

    why is 잘 먹겠습니다 [jal meok-ge-sseum-ni-da], 겠 pronounced as ge? where did the ㅅㅅ go?

    • Qu E

      I think to do the pronunciation a bit more easy

    • Susanna Ayrumian

      When ㅅ(“s”) is at the end of the syllable and it is followed by a consonant, it is pronounced as “t”. Same for ㅆ. And the following consonant happened to be ㅅ and that’s what we read.
      hope this was some help :)

  • aelliseu cheese

    I still get really confused by ㅆ. Like how do you know its ‘t’ or ‘ss’ :(. And it changing to ‘d’ awell, like does it only do that for this word or there are other words it does that for aswell.

  • Susanna Ayrumian

    I don’t really understand why is the first ㅅ pronounced as “t” in
    맛없어요. I mean, isn’t the following letter a vowel(어)? And also, why does 김치 주세요 , which I think is pretty much the same as the other examples brought above it, mean “asking for a side dish”, unlike the other ones that meant “ordering”?
    Thank you for the big help :)

    • http://www.twitter.com/sdcadenza Donnie

      It really kinda just depends on the word. But ㅅ, when it’s the last consonant of it’s box, makes that d/t sound and it does carry over when you say it fast. It’s like you’re saying ma-deop or mad-eop. I would take a look at this: http://www.koreanwikiproject.com/wiki/%EB%B0%9B%EC%B9%A8

      If the link doesn’t work, just google search for 받침 and click the koreanwikiproject link.
      I’m actually unsure if TTMIK has a lesson on this LOL.

    • dannyR

      ‘s’, phonetically, is an obstruent (something that ‘obstructs’, somewhat, airflow through the mouth). It is also an alveolar obstruent: it obstructs airflow at/around the upper gum-ridge.

      Finally, it’s in the coda-position (last consonant of a syllable, if a syllable ends in a consonant rather than a vowel).

      Now, Korean doesn’t normally put up with half-assed obstruents in the coda position: it converts most obstruents in the coda-postion into a full face-hits-the-wall stop, which is a t/d.

  • Kawthar

    thanks so much ! that’s helpful,I guess I’ll be fluent in one year by following your lessons and watching Kdramas !

  • Asta Diabaté

    차 맛있어요.

    콩 맛잆어요.