30 September 2013

Ask about professions and workplaces

What do you do? Where do you work? These are two basic questions when meeting a person for the first time. It is very simple, only need to learn the use of the verb to do  (zuò) and the noun work/job 工作 (gōngzuò).






Question: What do you do?
什么工作?
zuò shénme gōngzuò?
What do you do?

Answer
我是 + profession
我是老师
Wǒ shì lǎoshī
I am a teacher



The noun 工作 can also be used as the verb to work:


Question: Where do you work? 
你在哪儿工作?
Nǐ zài nǎr gōngzuò?
Where do you work?

Answer
我在 + place + 工作
我在学校工作
Wǒ zài xuéxiào gōngzuò
I work in a school