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[Translate sea pick up] Hot this week: How to politely ask others about their work in English?

-本周热点:英语中如何礼貌的询问别人工作情况? Liyou Shanghai Translation Company -Hot this week: How to politely ask others about their work in English?

 

Have you ever thought of asking someone in English what they do, but not sure how to ask? There are many ways to do this.


In the United States, asking someone about his job is one of the most common things to do when you first meet someone. 认为在其他一些文化中,这个问题可能被认为是不礼貌的,所以要小心。 But Li Youbian thinks that in other cultures, this problem may be considered impolite, so be careful. Although things like "What is your job?" And "What are you?" Seem to be the most straightforward ways, we don't use them that way. These question structures are correct, but they sound impolite and unnatural to Americans.


Ways to ask

Instead, we have some ways to make this problem sound more natural.

When you meet someone on a social occasion and you want to know what they do, the most common questions are:

What do you do?

This is a short question:

What do you do for a living?

You can read the following sentence quickly and repeatedly,

What do you do?

I'm a teacher.

What do you do for a living?

I work in photojournalism.

What do you do?

I run an arts program for teenagers.

What do you do for a living?

I'm a musician ..

Try to read the pronunciation of "What do you do?" Quickly. When speaking fast, it usually sounds like "what addya do?"

is this correct?

The other two friendly inquiries are "What kind of work do you do?" And "What line of work are you in?" You can also answer in the same way, such as "I run an arts program for teenagers" "I'm a musician".

 

Following up

After this person answers the question, it's best to ask one or two more questions. Look at an example:

What do you do for a living?

I run an arts program for teenagers.

Nice! How long have you been doing that?

For about five years now.

Where do you work?

At the city's arts and culture division.

 

What shouldn't be asked

Although work-related issues are common in American social settings, the situation is different. 同仁认为如果问得太早,有些人可能会觉得这些问题太私人。 Colleagues of the translation company believe that if asked too early, some people may find these questions too personal. If you're not sure, you can start the conversation in other ways, such as asking the other person to do something interesting in that city. Alternatively, you can comment on something interesting at the event.

You should avoid asking "What is your profession?" And "What is your profession?" "They sound too formal, so we won't use them in friendly situations." You may only listen in job interviews or in the office To their voice.

小编提醒您,在美国文化中,我们不问一个人的工资。 Another thing you need to know, Liyou reminds you that in American culture, we don't ask a person's salary. Even some close friends and relatives did not discuss the issue. So don't ask this question unless someone is sharing this information with you or asking you for salary advice.

 

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