How To Say “Good Job” In Korean – Recognizing a great work

Last Updated on August 29, 2022 by 90 Day Korean
How To Say “Good Job” In Korean

In this article, we will tell you how to say “Good Job” in Korean.

Want to congratulate your Korean friend on landing that big job interview, completing a huge presentation, or passing an important exam? Or maybe you want to give praise to your friend for getting through some tough times? Then you should learn how to say “Good Job” in Korean!

How To Say “Good Job” In Korean

Apart from the vocabulary, we’ll even throw in some example sentences for all Korean occasions and word association tips to help you remember. Let’s get to it!

Here’s a free PDF resource on how to say “Good Job” in Korean that you can take with you on the go:

“Good Job” in Korean

There are a few ways to say “good job” in Korean. The phrase in Korean that you choose to use depends on the formality of the situation and the exact meaning you wish to express.

Formal “Good Job” in Korean

Below are the formal ways to say “good job” in Korean. These are normally used when speaking with people who are of higher status, importance, or age, or someone that you just met

1. (gosaenghasyeotseumnida) → Job well done! Great job! You’ve worked hard.

This is an especially great phrase to use after someone has completed a long day at work or finished something else difficult and time-consuming.

2. (sugohasyeotseumnida!)  Thank you for your effort./Thank you for your trouble.

 You can also use this when someone did not directly help you with their effort but simply completed a presentation, a job, or even just at the end of a workday or a school day.

Standard “Good Job” in Korean

The terms below are used when talking to people of similar age or rank as you, but you may not be exactly close with them.

1. (gosaenghaesseoyo) You’ve worked hard! Great job! Good job!

2. (gosaeng manasseoyo) Good job! This works especially great to congratulate someone for enduring their hardships.

3. (sugohaesseoyo)Good job! Great work! You worked hard!  

Informal “Good Job” in Korean

Lastly, the informal version for “good job” in Korean below can be used with close friends that are similar in age.

1.  (gosaenghaesseo)  Good job! You worked hard!

2. (gosaeng manasseo) Good job! You worked hard!

3. (sugohaesseo) → Good job! You worked hard!

4. (jalhaesseo)Good job! You did good!

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This video shows How to Say “Good Job” in Korean

How to Say “GOOD JOB” in Korean

Other ways to say “Good job” in Korean

Apart from the words that we taught you above, there are also other ways to express to someone that they did a good job. Here are some of them.

“Good work” in Korean

The term for “good work” in Korean, 잘했어요 (jalhaesseoyo) comes from the verb 잘하다 (jalhada) which means to do well or to do a good job.

Here’s a sample sentence using 잘했어요 (jalhaesseoyo).

발표 잘했어요. (jalhaesseoyo)

Good work on the presentation.

“Keep up the good work” in Korean

To appreciate someone for doing a good job, you can use these expressions:

지금처럼 계속 잘하세요! (jigeumcheoreom gyesok jalhaseyo!)

Please keep up the good work!


계속 수고하세요 (gyesok sugohaseyo)

Keep up the good work

“Congratulations” in Korean

If someone did a great job and you want to congratulate them on it, you can say 축하해요 (chukahaeyo).

Here’s an example of how you can use it in a sentence, too.

승진 축하해요! (seungjin chukahaeyo!)

Congrats on your promotion!

“Great job” in Korean

You can say “great job” in Korean as 정말 잘했어요 (jeongmal jalhaesseoyo).

This Korean expression can also be used to say “excellent job” or “fantastic job.”

“Awesome job” in Korean

Another similar expression to “good job” in Korean is 아주 잘했어요 (aju jalhaesseoyo). 

This can also be used interchangeably with 정말 잘했어요 (jeongmal jalhaesseoyo).

“You’ve worked hard” in Korean

You can use the word 수고했어요  (sugohaesseoyo) to express to someone that they did a good job.

This term uses the verb 수고하다 (sugohada) which means to make efforts or to labor. Here’s a sample sentence:

오늘도 수고했어요. (oneuldo sugohaesseoyo.)

You’ve worked hard today.

“You’re doing an amazing job” in Korean

Lastly, you can say “You’re doing an amazing job” in Korean as 정말 잘하고 있어요 (jeongmal jalhago isseoyo).  For example:

수진 씨, 정말 잘하고 있어요. (sujin ssi, jeongmal jalhago isseoyo)

You’re doing an amazing job, SooJin.

A word of caution about Romanization

While you can study the words in this article simply by reading their romanized versions, it will come in handy for you to be able to read Hangeul if you ever wish to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet and is not difficult to learn. You can learn it in just 90 minutes.

After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, life in Korea will suddenly seem so much easier, and the country won’t appear so foreign to you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?

Associations for “Good Job” in Korean

There’s a simple trick to remember how to say “good job” in Korean!  

The first thing we’re going to do is break down the word 고생했어요 (gosaenghaesseoyo) with English words that are easy to remember. So, when hearing this Korean word gosaenghaesseoyo, you might also hear the English words “Go,” “Sang,” and “Hey.” For this association, let’s also make up the word “So Yo” and pretend it’s a song.

Imagine there’s a “good job” song called ‘Hey, So yo,” so when someone does a good job, you can tell them “Go sangHey, So Yo!'”. (고생했어요 | gosaenghaesseoyo). Simple, isn’t it?

Now, you can come up with your associations to remember the word and share it with us in the comments section below.

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So there you have it! You now know how to say “good job” in Korean. It’s one of the Korean words that you’ll want to constantly tell your fellow Korean learners to encourage them to keep learning. Who will you say “good job” to today? Let us know in the comments below. 

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