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

    • 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?

  • 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!

  • 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