This is one of the easiest and most important phrases for you to learn as you start learning Korean. You eat all day and every day so knowing how to express your feeling about the food you’re eating is important in Korea. You will often hear Korean say “맛있어요” over and over which may seem a little overboard.

As seen in the graphic, the phrase delicious comes from combining “맛” and “있어” which literally means taste exists. This can be done for many other words in Korean, but we will discuss in later graphics.

There are also ways to say “very delicious”, “it looks delicious”, and “it was delicious.”

To say it’s very delicious, just add 나무 or 완전 in front of 맛있어요.

For it looks delicious, you would say “맛있겠다!” almost like an exclamation.

And for it was delicious, just use the past tense form and say “맛있었어요”.

Here are the words and audio files for this infographic:


a. 맛있습니다 = It’s delicious (Formal)

b. 맛있어요 = It’s delicious (Standard)

c. 맛있어 = It’s delicious (Informal)

d. 너무/완전 맛있어요 = It’s very delicious

e. 맛있겠다! = It looks delicious!

f. 맛없어! = It’s not delicious


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