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?

    • 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

      Thanks^^

  • 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.