고생했어요

A Korean phrase introduced to me by a concerned friend, meaning "You've done well" and literally translated as "You have suffered."

This is the phrase that has embodied my overburdened soul, and how I have been feeling recently. Fighting to keep my head above water. Cracking because I can't handle the pressure. Being able to tell myself that I have suffered, and I have done well. I broke down and cried when I heard it.

No matter how awful your situation is, remember that it is already a huge accomplishment to get to where you are now. Remember to acknowledge it. You've been through so much. You've fought, you've endured, you've progressed.

You have suffered.

You've done well.


-Sayuri

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  • positively negative
7 months ago

This is so beautiful. Thank you

  • Kyeong
6 months ago

It also means,

'You've done well and tried so hard and it was very enough.'

and sometimes it has a meaning of

'thank you for your efforts and hard-working for me or us.'

  • Kyeong
6 months ago

So we usually use this term when we have to say thank you and when we finished situations.

One more, Sayuri, I wanna say.

You've done well and it was very very enough and thank you for your effort and hard-working.

  • armel
5 months ago

thank you.. i badly need this word.. ty so much

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