Level 5 Lesson 3 / Good work / 수고


In this lesson, we are going to look at an expression that Koreans say very often but is somewhat difficult to be translated into English: 수고하세요, 수고하셨습니다. Do you hear these expressions a lot? Or is it the first time you heard these expressions? Hope you can use these expressoins after listening to this lesson! Enjoy!

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Level 5 Lesson 3 / Good work / 수고
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  • 히다야툰니사

    ‘수고하셨어요 ‘와 ‘고생많으셨어요’ 차이점은 무엇입니까?

    • JooyeonPark

      I dont think there’s a distinct difference between them.
      But, i would say, i personally use 수고하다 a lot more in everyday situation. I think 수고하셨어요 is kind of more casual or light to say than 고생 많으셨어요.

  • Asha

    선생님들 수고하셨어요 🙂

  • Matt

    수업이 좋았어요. TTMIK 팀 감사합니다. 수고 많으셨습니다.

  • TinaMusicFairy

    선샌님들도 수고 많으셨습니다 감사합니다 ^ ^

  • Robin

    선생님, 수고하세요.

  • Elise Mathis

    저한제 수고많으셨습니다. TTMIK팀 감사합니다 ㅎㅎ

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  • Bonnie

    I dont know if you guys still reply to commons here but I have a question. Since you mentioned that you can’t use this word to elder people or people with higher positions, I wonder if its proper to use “수고하세요” to the cleaning lady(around 40s 50s) when they come into the classroom for cleaning after we finish the classes in my school?
    thank you all for the lessons which help all the korean learner A LOT <3 수고하셨습니다!!

    • ayekachan

      I think its ok to use for the cleaning lady, but I guess it would be better to use a different phrase.

    • behindtheblack

      It would be more respectful to say 수고하셨습니다 or 수고 많으셨습니다 to someone who is much older than you.

  • ayekachan

    Talk to me in Korean 수고하셨습니다

  • 현미

    매일 한국어 수업 끝에 선생님은 “질문? 없어요? 수고하셨습니다.”라고 말했어요. 그 다음에 우리는 “감사합니다”라고 답답했어요. Everyday at the end of Korean class my teacher said, “Questions? No? Thank you for your hard work!” Then we answered, “Thank you.” 🙂

  • Yuki

    난 많은 한국인들이 일을 끝낼 때마다 ‘ 수고하셨습니다’라고 말하는 걸 들었어
    티티믹의 선생님들 항상 수고하셨어서 정말 감사합니다