V+ 기란 쉬운 일이 아니다

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우리 토요일 몇 시에 만날까?
What time should we meet on Saturday?
축제 행사장까지 두 시간쯤 걸리니까 9시에 보자.
Since the festival event will take about two hours, let’s meet around 9.
알았어. 그런데 좀 이르긴 하네.
Alright. But that is a bit early.
9시가 이르다고? 너는 평상시 몇 시에 일어나는데?
9 o’clock is early? What is the usual time you wake up?
주말이잖아. 평일에도 일찍 일어나니까 주말에는 늦잠 자고 싶어.
It’s the weekend. I wake up early on the weekdays, so on the weekends, I like to sleep in.
하긴 회사원이 주말에도 일찍 일어나기란 쉬운 일이 아니지. 그래도 그날은 시간 어기지 마.
Well sure, it’s not easy for an office worker to get up early on the weekend. Still, do not run late on that day.

V+ 기란 쉬운 일이 아니다
It is used with an active verb stem. It is used to emphasize when the preceding clause describes a tough or difficult situation in lifestyle. It is used for ‘어렵다, 힘들다’ which could be used instead of ‘쉬운 일이 아니다’.

외국에서 혼자 살기란 쉬운 일이 아니에요.
It is not easy to live in foreign countries.

날마다 규칙적으로 생활하기란 힘든 일이에요.
It is very hard to keep the regular daily lifestyle day by day.

나쁜 버릇을 단시간 내에 고치기란 어려운 일이다.
It is very difficult to correct his bad habits in a short period of time.

Related words
행사장 event area
평상시 usual time
하긴 with agreement
어기다 to break (the rules)

Source: Yonsei University. Korean Language Institute

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