Korean Slang: 개고생

6-개고생

개고생 translates literally to 개 (dog) and 고생 (hardship). This slang expression has got no literal relation to the word ‘dog’ though. When the word 개 is used in Korean slang expressions, it is often used to place an emphasis the meaning of the entire word.

The slang expression ‘개고생’ is therefore used to describe either a tough physical or mental hardship. For example, as we’re all very attached to our smart phone these days, one may experience hardships if we happen to lose our phones. In this instance you may use the slang expression in this manner: 휴대폰을 잃어버려서 개고생 했어요.

여러분, 혹시 한국에서 ‘고생’이라는 단어를 들어본 적이 있나요? ‘고생’은 어렵고 힘든 일이라는 뜻인데요, 한국 사람들은 ‘고생했어요.’, ‘고생하세요.’라는 표현을 인사말처럼 자주 사용해요. 그런데 내가 정말 힘든 일을 겪었을 때의 상황을 조금 속된 말로 ‘개고생’이라고 말할 수 있어요. 하지만 어른들 앞에서 사용하거나 공식적인 자리에는 어울리지 않는다는 것을 꼭 기억해 두세요.

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