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안녕하세요. (annyeonghaseyo)
Hello and welcome to Korean survival phrases brought to you by KoreanClass101.com, this course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Korea. You will be surprised at how far a little Korean will go. Now, before we jump in, remember to stop by KoreanClass101.com and there, you will find the accompanying PDF and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us the comment.
Today, we will cover Korean table manners. In Korean culture, when you go out to eat in a group, the oldest person or a person of highest social status is expected to pay for the meal. For example, your co-workers all go out together. The boss is expected to pay. So when you go to dinner and you know that someone will be paying for you, we have the following phrase to express your gratitude. 잘 먹겠습니다 (jal meokgetsseumnida). And let’s break it down by syllable 잘 먹-겠-습-니-다 (jal meok-get-sseum-ni-da). This phrase literally means, I will eat well. Now, this is said when all the food is laid out on the table and everybody is ready to dig in. So, be sure to say it and eat up.
The first part of the phrase is 잘 (jal) which means good or well. One time slowly, 잘 (jal). The second part of the phrase 먹겠습니다 (meokgetsseumnida) means will eat. The future tense of eat. One time slowly, it’s 먹겠습니다 (meokgetsseumnida). And now by syllable, 먹-겠-습-니-다 (meok-get-sseum-ni-da). I will eat well. I is inferred. Now that we got our pre-chow down phrase, we got to go over our post chow-down phrase. And this can be expressed by saying 잘 먹었습니다 (jal meogeotsseumnida). One time slowly, 잘 먹었습니다 (jal meogeotsseumnida). And now by syllable, 잘 먹-었-습-니-다 (jal meo-geot-sseum-ni-da). Now let’s hear it once again. 잘 먹었습니다 (jal megeotsseumnida). This phrase means, I ate well. Once again, the first part of the phrase is 잘 (jal) which means well. Now, the second part of the phrase 먹었습니다 (meogeotsseumnida) which means I ate. So literally well I ate but when we translate it, it’s I ate well.
Again, I is assumed. Remember, these two phrases are used whenever you are grateful when you receive a meal such as someone is paying for you. Someone invites you over and makes you dinner. Even if someone makes lunch or dinner for you every day, you can use this phrase. It’s used any time you want to express your gratitude for food. You say before you eat, 잘 먹겠습니다 (jal meokgetsseumnida), and you say after you eat, 잘 먹었습니다 (jal meogeotsseumnida). Now, if you are the one making the meal or paying for the meal, you shouldn’t be saying these two phrases. Remember, it’s only when you receive a meal. Now, sharing really is caring in Korea. Older people like to take care of those younger than them and it’s almost expected.
When I was working in Korea, a few co-workers and I decided to go on a two-day ski trip. When our boss heard of this, he told us he would pay half and he wasn’t even going with us. This isn’t really typical but it’s not all that uncommon either. So, don’t be surprised if you are with somebody and they pay for your whole night.
Okay. To close our today’s lesson, we’d like for you to practice what you’ve learned. I will provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you are responsible for shouting it out loud. You will have a few seconds before I give you the answer. So 화이팅 (hwaiting)!
I will eat well - 잘 먹겠습니다 (jal meokgetsseumnida).
I ate well - 잘 먹었습니다 (jal meogeotsseumnida).
All right, that’s going to do it for today. Remember to stop by KoreanClass101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.

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KoreanClass101.com
Wednesday at 6:30 pm
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Let's practice "잘 먹겠습니다. " :)

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firsty
Sunday at 12:03 pm
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친구들이......


저는 김치를 좋아해요...


불고기를 좋아해요...


됀장 찌게를 좋아해요...


하지만... 김치는 아주 매워요.....

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galax
Saturday at 1:56 pm
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i really like korean traditional food. NESTLE are u korean?

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Jona
Tuesday at 7:33 pm
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i mean meal I'm so sorry

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Jona
Tuesday at 7:32 pm
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thats great free mel how kind is that:smile:

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superpeguin
Thursday at 5:30 am
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:grin:hi

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liyana
Wednesday at 11:29 pm
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안영하세요~ 이야나 입니다. 말레이시아 사람이에요. 여러분 찰 지내새요?

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nestle
Wednesday at 9:13 pm
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저는 소주를 좋아합니다.

하지만 여기가 호주에 아주 비싸요

15 불 한 변 . 한국 에 한 변 원 3000