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?

  • Jim Awofadeju


  • 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

  • Cotton Thorns

    Wait, so 차 means car and tea? Based on the PDF file.

    ‘이 차 맛없어요. [i cha ma-deop-seo-yo] = This tea tastes awful.’

    • Shiro

      It can mean both 🙂 There can be multiple meanings to a word in Korean~ not the best example but eg. ‘right’ can mean the direction to your right, or you are right! (correct)

  • Misaki Yoshikawa


  • RainyCloud 10

    2010? This is older than I thought.

    • Juicy Pear

      Never would’ve thought O-o they’ve got some good quality microphones (not saying I know a lot about technology, though)

  • Brklnn.nn

    내 엄마 밥 맛있어요

  • Jim Awofadeju

    비빔밥 맛있어요.
    감자 맛없어요.

  • Hikari Momo

    피자 맛있어요
    과일 맛없어요
    I’ve never liked any fruit for some reason ^^’

  • cherrymanguepeche

    Does “gal meogaesseubnida” (I don’t have the Korean keyboard on my computer I’m sorry) is like “have a good meal” ?

    • 조슈아

      잘 먹겠습니다 (jal meogaesseubnida) literally means I will eat well. So generally it is said to the cook out of respect for their preparations.

  • 조슈아

    고객: 저기요!
    웨이트리스: 네?
    고객: 햄버거 한 개 주세요.
    웨이트리스: 네.
    고객: 고마와요. 잘 먹겠습니다… 이것 진짜 맛없어요.
    웨이트리스: 죄송합니다~~. 사야 안 되요.
    고객: 감사합니다. 안녕히 가세요.

    Customer: Excuse me!
    Waitress: Yes?
    Customer: Can you please get me one hamburger?
    Waitress: Sure.
    Customer: Thanks. I will eat well… This tastes really bad.
    Waitress: I am so sorry. You don’t have to pay.
    Customer: Thank you. Goodbye.