Level 1 Lesson 12 / it’s delicious, it tastes awful, thank you for the food / 맛있어요, 맛없어요, 잘 먹겠습니다, 잘 먹었습니다

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.

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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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  • Gina

    I am from America (Missouri), and I think the eating rule depends on where in the states you’re from. When my family goes out to eat, we will usually wait for everyone’s meals to arrive before we all start eating. When I go out with my friends, some people will wait and some will not. A lot of the time, if my food arrives before theirs, I will naturally wait to start eating, but they will always say “Go ahead and eat”. Most of the time I will wait to eat anyway. Unless it is taking a REALLY long time, then I offer to share what is on my plate with the person who didn’t get their food yet, and then we can both eat! LOL

  • Miss-Gaara Rose

    Isnt the reason 맛있어요 is pronounced that way because we have a consonant in bat-chim position
    in this case ㅅ being in the bat-chim position and is followed by 어. It is pronounced as 마 시 서요? Also can you please explain why the letter ㅅ sounds sometimes like an s in the beginning of the sentence while it has a sh sound in the middle??

    • Ivis Benavides

      It doesn’t have to do about the placement but about what ㅅ is being combined with. When ㅅ is combined with ㅣ,ㅕ,ㅑ,ㅛ,ㅠ the ‘S’ sound changes to a ‘sh’ sound. You are right about why 맛있어요 is pronounced 마시서요

  • Jesus Pena

    So could you use

    잘 먹었습니다. when thanking a chef or cook for the meal they made?

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  • Detra Nichole Clary

    서과 파이 맛었어요

  • mxc9219

    불고기 맛있어요!!
    김치 맛없어요!

  • Prismo

    James said he was American but isn’t he South African…?

  • Somayah Alsoraiae

    its really a great thing that what u did it guys <3 thanks from deep of my heart …. you helped me a lot <3