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Kimchi, galbi, bulgogi, bibimbap, kimchi jjigae, pajeon...mmm! If you haven't heard of any of these, they are some popular Korean dishes. And if you're really into Korean food, you know how delicious some of these dishes are. You can express how delicious you think Korean food is by saying 맛있어요" (massisseoyo). This translates into "delicious" or "tasty." There are four syllables. The first three syllables are interconnected and you can't really break them down into syllables when you speak them.
Now that we can express how delicious Korean food is, we can now ask people what they recommend, or rather, what they think is delicious. This phrase here is 뭐가 맛있어요" (mwo-ga massisseoyo). The first syllable of the phrase, mwo, means "what." Ga follows, and that is a subject marker. The last part is massisseoyo, or as we've covered, "delicious." The phrase we literally have here is "what, delicious." We can interpret this as "What is delicious?" or as we say in English, "What do you recommend?"
If you ask a Korean this question, kimchi may very likely be number one on his or her list. Check out more on Koreans and kimchi in Quick Tip #1.

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Wednesday at 6:30 pm
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What kinds of Korean foods would make you want to say “맛있어요?”😄

Wednesday at 11:51 am
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Hi Didine,

Thank you for posting. To answer your question:

진짜 맛있어요. ( jinjja mas-iss-eoyo) (It’s really delicious.)
뭐가 맛있어요? ( mwoga mas-iss-eoyo) (What’s delicious?)

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Lyn
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Didine
Tuesday at 12:47 am
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Hello!
This is really helpful! how do we right chincha machisayo? and oga Machiseyo in korean? 😄
Thank you

Tuesday at 11:19 pm
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Hi Hazlinda,

“네” means “your.”
“내” means “my.”

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Claire
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Hazlinda
Saturday at 10:45 pm
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안녕하세요!

In this sentence:
네 역할은 뭐야?

네 means ‘your’ or ‘my’ ?

Tuesday at 6:22 pm
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Hey Koreanclassers!

Wes - 맛있어요 is the most standard to say delicious. If you would like to say ‘really delicious’, you could definitely say as 정말 맛있어요 or 진짜 맛있어요!:)

사가에 - the difference is 이것은 맛있어요 shortened to 이건 맛있어요 while 이거 맛있어요 is missing the subject particle which are common when it comes to colloquial sense!;)

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Madison
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사가에
Tuesday at 1:55 pm
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안녕하세요. 저는사가에입니다.
We have at expansion part two uses of “what is this?”
이건 뭐예요? And 이거뭐예요?
I’d like to know what’s the difference between them or if it’s just a mispelling
?
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Wes
Wednesday at 7:36 am
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Keith stated three different ways to say delicious, but only one is listed in the lesson notes. 맛있어요 . How does one say it is really delicious, and this is really good? What are the different degrees of “delicious” in Korean?

Thursday at 8:08 am
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Hello Kerchelle,

Thank you for the lovely comment! It means a lot 😄
If you ever have any questions, we’re here for you.

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Neha
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Kerchelle
Thursday at 2:07 am
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Wow i actually love this website, it makes korean seem so easy! best website ever! 😀

Wednesday at 4:31 pm
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안녕하세요. I’m Madison from KoreanClass101.com

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