Expression of the Week
It’s been a long time.
|Hye-yeong:||오랜만이에요, 선배. |
It’s been a long time, Jung-hwan.
|Jung-hwan:||8년 만이지? |
It’s been eight years, hasn’t it?
|Hye-yeong:||아, 그런가? 벌써? 어떻게 잘 지냈어요?|
Oh, really? Already? Have you been doing well?
|Jung-hwan:||나야, 뭐, 그럭저럭. |
I’ve been alright.
잘 지냈어요? (Have you been doing well?)
잘 – (adv.) well
Comfortably and without difficulties
지내다 – (v.) live
To live in a certain state or condition.
Casual – 잘 지냈어?
Semi-polite – 잘 지냈어요?
Polite – 잘 지내셨어요?
>>”잘” means “well” as in doing well in health and body or staying safe and healthy. “지냈어요?” is from the verb “지내다” which means to live or spend time.
>>In other words, “잘 지냈어요” is a greeting to ask someone how they have been doing, or if they have been doing well.
>>Similar expressions of greeting include “잘 있었어요?” which means “Have you been well?” or “오랜만이에요” which is also used in the dialogue and means “it’s been a long time (how are you).”