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19 Ways to Describe Taste in English

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 @ 08:50 AM

how to describe tastes in English, English vocabularyIn our last article we talked about how to describe smells in English.

Today let's talk about how to describe tastes!

When was the last time you had a really nice piece of chocolate cake or a fresh piece of fruit? Did you know how to describe the taste in English?

What can you say when something tastes great?

If you want to expand you vocabulary and say more than "it tastes good" then this article is for you!





If it tastes good...


  • chocolate cake  delicious"Wow, that is delicious!"
  • "That is amazing!"
  • "It's so yummy, where did you get the recipe?"
  • "That tastes great, where did you buy it?"
  • "The food at that restaurant is 'out of this world'"
  • "I'm in heaven"





If it tastes bad...


bad food

  • "That's disgusting."
  • "Ew, I don't like that."
  • "This is ok, but I've had better."
  • "I'm not crazy about this."









How to describe the flavor


sea salt cookies1) "The fruit is so ripe. It's perfect."

When fruit is at the perfect stage for eating (juicy, flavorful) we can say that it is "ripe."


2) "It's the perfect combination of sweet and salty"

We can say this about any kind of dessert that brings out both the sweet and the salty flavor.


3) "It's so fresh"

When something is "fresh" it is in good shape to eat. It is ripe. It is not too old or "spoiled".


4) "The flavors are rich."

When we say that the flavors are "rich" we mean that they are intense. Fudge is rich. Cheesecake is also rich.


bitter food, how to talk about it in English5) "This is kind of bitter."

Coffee can be bitter. Bitter is the opposite of sweet.


6) "This doesn't have much taste. It's bland."

Things that are "bland" have no flavor. Sometimes a slice of bread can be bland.


7) "It's really sweet and sugary"

Most desserts are sweet and sugary.


spicy food  how to talk about it in English8) "It's hot (spicy)"

When a kind of food has a lot of spice we can say that it is "hot" or "spicy." Indian food or Mexican food can be very "hot."


9) "This tastes really sour."

A lemon tastes sour. You can use this expression when you eat anything with a sour flavor like lemon or vinegar.




I hope that this article has given you some tools to talk about food! Are you feeling hungry? Go out and invite some English-speaking friends for a meal and practice your English!

Don't forget to check out our last article on How to Describe Smells in English



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