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[Korean Slang] #14 야근(Work overtime during the night)

Welcome to Wikinae’s Korean Slang #14


Korea’s high economic growth in a short period has made overtime work a prominent topic in the Korean labor culture 💼


In today’s post, let’s find out how Koreans say “work overtime during the night”!

✔️야근 is short for ‘간 (Night-time) 무 (Be at work)’ which means ‘work overtime during the night’ or ‘work late’.


Overtime work, rooted in the ‘Miracle on the Han River,’ is a legacy of Korea’s rapid economic growth. However, with generational shifts and a stabilized economy, work-life balance is gaining more importance.


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일이 많아서 오늘 야근하게 될 것 같아.

I have a lot of work to do so I will be working late today.



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0:55 — “그럼 야근을 해도 돈을 한 푼도 안 주는 거예요?” means “So they’re not paying us a dime for working overtime?


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