Level 5 Lesson 22 / Word builder 8 / 식 (食)

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안녕하세요. ^^ Welcome to another lesson in the Word Builder series. In the Word Builder lessons, we introduce letters and words that work as building blocks of the Korean vocabulary. They are not necessarily all Hanja words based on Chinese characters, but many of them are.

Hope you enjoy this lesson, and we are looking at the word “식” [sik].

You can view a free PDF for this lesson here, or if you want to study with our TalkToMeInKorean textbooks, you can get them here.


  • Mr. Kim

    The “FOOD” that I “ATE” tasted like 식(食). <– My mNemonic to remember 식.

  • It seems ” 식탁 ” in Chinese is ” 食桌 "not "食卓 “. ^^

    • They are the same (at least in the Korean Hanja system) ^_^ 똑같아요~ Korean Hanja dictionaries say that 桌 is an older character for 卓. ^^

    • 아~ 그렇군요. ^^ 현우 씨가 알려줘서 감사해요. ^_^

  • 식객이라고 만화책을 읽어 봤어요. 아직 멋 해요. ㅋㅋㅋ

    (also off topic, have you covered “느라고” yet?)

    고맙습니다

  • Samier

    Yay! Another Word Builder!

    I’ll be sure to study some of the words ^^

    감사합니다!!

  • julie

    quite catchy!!!! i remember them all after hearing it twice!!! really close to chinese:P!! good work!!

  • It’s amazing how kanji knowledge greatly speeds up vocabulary acquisition when studying Korean :D!

  • And then there’s my personal favorite word, because it’s so funny… 식신

    식 = food
    신 = god

    Yes… An eating God! LMAO!!!!!

    그러면 TTMIK의 선생님중에서 식신 같아요?

  • it’sme

    woow it’s very nice lesson I am learning korean and english

  • If 외식 is to eat out, can we say 외식을 할래요?

  • Cynyee

    Hello. Can I know what do you call ‘take away food’ in korean?

  • Francesco Colléter

    아이고, 이레슨때문에 이제 너무 페고프요! ㄱㄱㄱㄱㄱ 근데 어늘밤 과식 저심을에요.

    Oww, now i’m so hungry because of this lesson ! hahahaha but I’ll be careful not to eat excessively tonight.

  • 하오라

    외식 가고 싶어.
    후식 정말 맛있어요
    과식 하지마라..! 배가 아플거야.

  • Asha

    가게에 가는데 식품을 사고 시식 많이 머겄어요 ㅋㅋㅋㅋ
    i went to the store to buy groceries and I ate so much sample food kekekeke

  • Matt

    Thank you for the lesson. With this lesson I finished my first notebook. 252 pages (and 1.5 years) of TTMIK grammar lesson notes. Thanks for all the amazing content and all the hard efforts of the TTMIK team.

    On to the next notebook.