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.


  • ezgi

    치킨 맛있어요 ^^

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      맞아요. 치킨은 정말 맛있어요.

  • John

    I like the show better without the guests. I find that it’s easier to understand the lesson when only two people are talking. I think you should ditch James.

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      Well, it is up to the person’s taste. Many people also liked James for being a guest. Anyway, most of the lessons are proceeded by Hyunwoo and Kyeongeun. :)

    • omnia

      aniyo , i think James is a nice guest specially that he’s saying what foreign people think when they are learning Korean language :)

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      Aha! I see. :)

  • omnia

    what a nice website :)

    thank’s a lot guys for teaching us Korean language in a really easy way !

  • Eman

    you/re amazing teachers
    really thank you

  • Kate

    돌솟비빔밥은 맛있어요! 해파리는 맛없어요. – -;

    Also, I agree with Jessica Elliott above: it’s very rude, at least in the USA, to eat before everyone’s been served. Don’t know where your friends were from, though.

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  • rekia

    really great website !! you use a really easy way to teach us korean thank you so much !! despite still cant read korean >o< thank you so much guys !!

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      Thanks so much for your comment. :)

  • Nina

    James english accent is really good^^ anyway, I’m learning so much. jeongmal gomawo songsaengnims ^___^

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      Thanks so much for studying with us! :)

  • Mae

    I really like this website. Also, as I listened to this lessons, I began to wonder, what if the taste is just neutral for me? What would be the best sentence to use? Thanks. TTMIK fighting! =)

  • Aiul

    Hi , thanks for this great lessons.
    But there is something confuse me why we say (mat-ubsoyo) why we don’t say (mas-ubsoyo)
    cause in koreanclass101 I study the bat-chim rules and in this word 맛없어요 , ㅅ will replace ㅇ
    and ㅅ will pronounce like (s) not (t) isn’t ?
    in 맛있어요 we do the same thing we pronounce it (mas-isu-yo) not (mat-isu-yo) .

    Thanks !

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      At the end of a word or before a consonant, all Korean consonants are pronounced without releasing air and as a result, the sound changes. For the ㅅ sound, it turns to a ㄷ (t) sound because you are not releasing any air when finishing the word. For example, 옷 (ot) is pronounced with the “t/d” sound because your tongue is kind of trapped between your teeth when you’re finished!! It’s really hard to not release any air when saying the ㅅ sound, so the t/d sound (ㄷ) is used to ease pronunciation. There are a number of consonants that change sounds at the end of a word, so please refer to this chart: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v492/smorriskc/FinalChart.png

  • Jessica P.

    안녕하세요! 비자 맛있어요. 아이스크림 맛있어요. 콩 맛없어요… I hate beans.

  • http://nus.edu.sg JUN

    저는 한국어 잘 말할 하고 싶어요.
    저는 한국 친구가 없어요.
    그래서, 저는 한국어 잘 말할 수 없어요.
    한국말 못해요.

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      잘 말할 하고 싶어요 > 잘 말하고 싶어요

      Thanks for your comment.

      As you practice writing Korean a lot, I think it will be helpful for you to use HaruKorean. :)

  • Lynnea

    What if something has taste, but tastes bad? (Like if something is too spicy.) I’m not sure if
    맛없어요 is the right phrase because it literally means “doesn’t have taste.”

  • suzy

    first i want to thank you all also i find that is the easiest way to learn this amazing language i love learning forein languages but this one it’s my hole life!!!! almost i’m crazy over it i’m faithful for learning this language
    i want to ask a few questions for you please
    N1: sometimes i forget words and expresions wat i can do? i revise all time !!!???
    N2:korean peaple drop letters always is that false or it’s better to dro them???
    N3: i now just a few words and in my country i didn’t fin any dictionnery or even korean peaple to practice with them how i can make my voccabulairy ver rich??? bye bye

  • diwesh87

    Hello everyone , this is my very first post on this website , though i am a big time fan of you guys who just make everything so much fun and easy to understand .

    Today in this video , you mentioned saying “chalmokesamida” before starting to eat .

    I would like to share another word that generally i use or people around me use every time we start eating ie . machike theseyo ….. and i also hear some of them replying back to me either by the same word ” machike theseyo” or they also use ” mae mogo” ….

  • Zeke

    I need to clarify this, its been bugging me! So is ㅓ pronounced “uh”, “aw”, or “oh?” I’ve heard all 3 when I’ve listened to people say the same word.

    • Jangmi

      From what I understand ㅓ is not really comparable to any sound used in English. It is somewhere between “aw” and “oh”. Bring the corners of you mouth in more than when you say “aw” but don’t round the mouth as much as “oh”.

  • Jangmi

    Can you say 잘 먹계습니다 to the waiter when he brings out the food or 잘 먹었습니다 to the restaurant staff as you leave or is this weird?

    • Seokjin Jin

      It is not weird. Actually it is very polite to do that. The waiter and the staff will appreciate it.

    • Jangmi

      감사합니다!

  • David

    I’m asking this question here since it’s goes with this lesson. I’ve been watching some Korean Dramas and reading some Korean websites that use the dictionary form of the verb instead of conjugating. Instead of saying 맛있어요 the actor used 맛있다. I’ve seen many instances on websites where the dictionary form is used and not conjugated. What is the meaning of using just the dictionary form? I’m about to start Level 5 on this site and haven’t learned about it and haven’t found anything from searching this site or any other site.

    감사합니다.

    • Seokjin Jin

      Well, when people say something by themself, or describe something to a friend in 반말 casual form, they sometimes use the dictionary form. However in most of the cases, it will be natural if you say conjugated verbs.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kristinejoy.catan.7 Kristine Joy Catan

    chicken 맛있어요!
    감사함니다!
    Actually I’ve been learning some Korean words from reading a pocket book I bought, but I actually don’t understand sometimes. But with this site of yours, I

    easily understands it.
    You were amazing.

    • Seokjin Jin

      I am so pleased to read your comment. We are so happy to help you.

  • Carmen Cristoloveanu

    Hello again. Since we are talking about food… Does Korean have different words for the meat and the live animal the meat comes from, just like English?
    For example:
    cow for the animal; beef for the meat.
    Is it the same in Korean?

    Thanks for your time.

    • Seokjin Jin

      We normally use the word 고기 meaning meat, but when we want to emphasize the animal’s meat, we add 돼지, 소 in front of 고기.

      소 고기 = beef
      돼지 고기 = pork

    • Carmen Cristoloveanu

      Thank you! it is the same back home, in Romania. we use the word pointing to the specific animal and add “meat of” in front of it. :D

      carne de porc = meat of pig = 돼지 고기

      Now you know a little bit about the Romanian language. ;)

    • Seokjin Jin

      Yes!! Thanks!

    • Carmen Cristoloveanu

      would that make 불고기 = meat on fire ?
      ^^a (can you tell i was learning about the Korean emoticons?)

    • Seokjin Jin

      No.. 불고기 doesn’t mean it. It is just a kind of Korean food using meat. :)

  • Melissa

    I just thought of something. How do you say “None of these is not delicious.” in Korean? 감사합니다.

    • Carmen Cristoloveanu

      It is not a really common thing to say in English, is it? I’d probably say “They are all delicious”.

    • Seokjin Jin

      @disqus_17REMmkJf4:disqus @carmencristoloveanu:disqus Yes, probably I would say “다 맛있어요” that means “they are all delicious”. However, I can say like “맛 없는 게 없어요” that means “none of these is not delicious”.

    • Carmen Cristoloveanu

      thank you

  • Stacey K.

    카레 맛있어요! I just ate 카레 for dinner. :) TTMIK, 감사합니다!

    • Seokjin Jin

      오, 저도 카레 참 좋아해요. 어떤 카레 좋아해요? 인도식 카레?

    • Stacey K.

      네! 황색 인도식 카레. Spicy!

  • Cherubiel Cherub

    피자 정말 맛있어요