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Give somebody a hard time


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오늘의 영어 표현은 Give somebody a hard time 입니다.

What does it mean to give somebody a hard time? Let’s find out but first we will listen to today’s conversation. 그럼 오늘의 대화를 들어보면서 ‘give somebody a hard time’이 무슨 뜻인지 알아 보겠습니다. 잘 들어보세요.

Give somebody a hard time

Alice: Hey, all of us are going to grab desserts after dinner. You’re coming right?

Jason: I’d love to but I’ll pass this time.

Alice: How come?

Jason: Well, I came home really late one night last week and my wife has been giving me a hard time about it ever since.

Alice: Ah, I see. Then you’d better get going.

Alice가 Jason에게 “Hey, all of us are going to grab desserts after dinner. You’re coming right? 우리 저녁 먹고 후식 먹으러 갈 건데 같이 갈 거지?”라고 묻자 Jason이 “I’d love to but I’ll pass this time. “나도 가고는 싶은데 이번에는 안 되겠다.” 라고 했습니다. 이어 Alice가 “How come?” 이라고 다시 묻자 Jason이 “Well, I came home really late one night last week and my wife has been giving me a hard time about it ever since. “글쎄, 내가 지난주에 딱 한번 집에 늦게 들어갔는데 집사람이 그 거 갖고 계속 힘들게 해서 말이야.” 라고 대답합니다. Keep today’s phrase ‘give somebody a hard time’ in mind and let’s hear the conversation again. 그럼 다시 한번 대화를 들어볼까요?

Give somebody a hard time

Alice: Hey, all of us are going to grab desserts after dinner. You’re coming right?

Jason: I’d love to but I’ll pass this time.

Alice: How come?

Jason: Well, I came home really late one night last week and my wife has been giving me a hard time about it ever since.

Alice: Ah, I see. Then you’d better get going.

오늘의 표현은 give somebody a hard time입니다. If you give somebody a hard time it means that you criticize someone and make him or her feel guilty about something they have done. ‘Give somebody a hard time’은 말 그대로 하면 누군가에게 힘든 시간을 준다는 얘기니까 결국 ‘누군가를 힘들게 하다, 심하게 대하다, 또는 못살게 굴다.’라는 의미죠. 상대가 한 실수를 비난하며 마음에 부담을 느끼게 하는 상황에서 쓸 수 있고요, 누군가에게 본의 아니게 폐를 끼쳤다 싶을 때도 사용할 수 있습니다. 본문에서 Jason이 “Well, I came home really late just one night last week and my wife has been giving me a hard time about it ever since. 글쎄, 내가 지난주에 딱 한번 집에 늦게 들어갔는데 집사람이 그 거 갖고 계속 힘들게 해서 말이야.” 라고 했죠. 이 상황을 그려보면 제 설명이 좀 더 쉽게 이해가 가실 겁니다. 이제 예를 들어 볼까요? Let me give you some examples. “I want to say apologize for giving you a hard time yesterday.” 라고 하면 “내가 어제 너한테 너무 심하게 대한 것 같아. 사과 할게.”라는 뜻이 됩니다. 또 다른 예를 들어 보겠습니다. “Can you please stop giving me a hard time about this. It’s really not a big deal.”이라고 하면 “야, 이런 사소한 것 갖고 너무 귀찮게 좀 하지 마.”라는 뜻이 됩니다. Now you know what today’s expression ‘give somebody a hard time’ means right? Then we’ll listen to the conversation for the last time.

Give somebody a hard time

Alice: Hey, all of us are going to grab desserts after dinner. You’re coming right?

Jason: I’d love to but I’ll pass this time.

Alice: How come?

Jason: Well, I came home really late one night last week and my wife has been giving me a hard time about it ever since.

Alice: Ah, I see. Then you’d better get going.

Let’s review. ‘Give somebody a hard time’ means that you criticize someone and make him or her feel guilty about something they have done. GIVE SOMEBODY A HARD TIME. Now try using the phrase on your own. 그럼 다음 시간에 다시 뵙겠습니다. 지금까지 ENGLISH WITH YOO에 Jennifer Yoo입니다. Bye bye!

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