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Today's question is about professions. There are a few different ways to ask about this in Chinese, as well as in English, depending on the information you are looking for. Here is the most general way to ask, "What do you do?"
Nǐ shì zuò shénme de?
What do you do?
Wǒ shì lǎoshī.
I am a
When you answer, just add your profession at the end of the sentence. Here are some professions.
学生 －Xuéshēng - student
老师－Lǎoshī - teacher
商人 - Shāngrén - business person
秘书 - Mìshū - secretary
会计 - Kuàijì - accounting
记者 - Jìzhě - journalist
厨师 - Chúshī - chef
科学家 - Kēxuéjiā - scientist
医生 - Yīshēng - doctor
护士 - Hùshì - nurse
牙科医生 - Yá kē yīshēng - dentist
工程师 - Gōngchéngshī - engineer
技术人员 - Jìshù rényuán - tech staff
律师 - Lǜshī - lawyer
音乐家 - Yīnyuè jiā - musician
演员 - Yǎnyuán - actor/actress
艺术家 - Yìshùjiā - artist
退休 - Tuìxiū - retired (This answer is a little different. To say you are retired say:
Of course there are a lot of other jobs out there to talk about. If you've got a question about how to say a profession in Chinese include it in your reply. Below are two other common ways to ask about professions with their answers:
Nǐ zuò shénme gōngzuò?
What's your job?
A: 我是老师。 (same as above)
Nǐ zài nǎ'er gōngzuò?
Where do you work?
Wǒ zài xuéxiào gōngzuò.
I work at a school
Ok, give it a whirl. Let us know what you do in the reply below. If you are beyond the basic level, feel free to add a more descriptive reply about what you do or add some new information. We look forward to hearing what you do!
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