How To Say ‘Good Job’ In Korean

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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 tought times?

Then read on for how to say “Good Job” in Korean!

We’ll give you the vocabulary and example sentences for all Korean occasions. Let’s get to it!

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How to Say ‘Good Job’ in Korean – 80/20*

Vocabulary:

Good Job!  – 고생했어요 (gosaenghaesseoyo)

 

How to remember (association):

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)

 

*80/20 Pareto Principle – The 20% you should learn that will give you 80% of the results.

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‘Good Job’ in Korean

There are a few ways for how to say ‘good job’ in Korean. The phrase in Korean that you choose to use depends on the formality of the situation, as well as the exact meaning you wish to express.

 

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Formal ‘Good Job’ in Korean

1. 고생하셨습니다!Job well done! Great job! You’ve worked hard.

    gosaenghasyeotseumnida!

*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. 수고하셨습니다! Thank you for your effort./Thank you for your trouble.

    sugohasyeotseumnida!

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


Standard ‘Good Job’ in Korean

1. 고생했어요! → You’ve worked hard! Great job! Good job!

    gosaenghaesseoyo!

2. 고생많았어요! → Good job!

    gosaengmanasseoyo!

*It works especially great to congratulate someone for enduring their hardships.

3. 수고했어요! → Good job! Great work! You worked hard!

    sugohaesseoyo!


Informal ‘Good Job’ in Korean

1. 고생했어! → Good job! You worked hard!

    gosaenghaesseo!

2. 고생많았어! → Good job! You worked hard!

    gosaengmanasseo!

3. 수고했어! → Good job! You worked hard!

    sugohaesseo!

4. 잘했어! → Good job! You did good!

    jalhaesseo!


A word of caution about Romanization

While it is possible for you to 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 not difficult to learn. In fact, 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 for you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?

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