Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsLI Hui: Amy, look. This is an old photo of my family. It's from 16 years ago. Zhè shì wǒ bàba, zhè shì wǒ māma, zhè shì wǒ gēge.

Skip to 0 minutes and 16 secondsLI Yameng: Zhè shì nǐ ma?

Skip to 0 minutes and 17 secondsLI Hui: Duì, zhè shì wǒ.

Skip to 0 minutes and 24 secondsLI Yameng: Wow, I can't believe it's you. You look so cute.

Skip to 0 minutes and 27 secondsLI Hui: Yeah. "Zhè shì" is used to introduce someone or something, meaning this is, like "Zhè shì wǒ bàba.", "Zhè shì wǒ māma.", "Zhè shì wǒ gēge.", "Zhè shì wǒ."

Skip to 0 minutes and 48 secondsHere are some words. Péngyou, tóngxué, lǎoshī.

Skip to 0 minutes and 55 secondsTry to introduce them to us by using "zhè shì". Zhè shì wǒ péngyou, zhè shì wǒ tóngxué, zhè shì wǒ lǎoshī.

Skip to 1 minute and 13 secondsLI Yameng: Lydia, what does your father do? Nǐ bàba zuò shénme gōngzuò?

Skip to 1 minute and 16 secondsLI Hui:Wǒ bàba shì lǎoshī.

Skip to 1 minute and 16 secondsLI Yameng: Nǐ māma zuò shénme gōngzuò?

Skip to 1 minute and 16 secondsLI Hui: Wǒ māma shì yīshēng. LI Yameng" Nà nǐ gēge ne?

Skip to 1 minute and 17 secondsLI Hui: Tā shì lǜshī.

Skip to 1 minute and 29 secondsLI Yameng: Wow, that's cool. "Nǐ bàba zuò shénme gōngzuò?" means "what does your father do?" "Zuò" means "to do". "Gōngzuò" means "job". When you answer this question, you can just say subject plus "shì" plus noun. Like "Wǒ bàba shì lǎoshī.", "Wǒ māma shì yīshēng.", "Wǒ gēge shì lǜshī."

Skip to 2 minutes and 9 secondsLI Hui: Amy, "Nǐ bàba zuò shénme gōngzuò?"

Skip to 2 minutes and 11 secondsLI Yameng: Wǒ bàba shì yínháng jīnglǐ.

Skip to 2 minutes and 16 secondsLI Hui: Wow, nǐ māma ne?

Skip to 2 minutes and 17 secondsLI Yameng: Wǒ māma shì jiātíng zhǔfù, tā xǐhuan zuòfàn.

Skip to 2 minutes and 23 secondsMy mum is a housewife. She likes cooking.

Skip to 2 minutes and 28 seconds"Tā xǐhuan zuòfàn." means "She likes cooking." "Xǐhuan" means "to like". Here are some words. Could you please tell us what you like and dislike? Such as, "Wǒ xǐhuan hànyǔ.", "Wǒ xǐhuan chànggē.","Wǒ bù xǐhuan pǎobù.", "Wǒ bù xǐhuan tiàowǔ."

Skip to 3 minutes and 1 secondLI Hui: Now you know how to ask about someone's job in Chinese. You can say--

Skip to 3 minutes and 7 secondsLI Yameng: Nǐ zuò shénme gōngzuò? But when you answer this question, just say "wǒ shì" plus occupation.

Skip to 3 minutes and 17 secondsLI Hui: Yeah, and don't forget the sentence "wǒ xǐhuan".

How to ask someone’s job

This video closely relates to the previous one. After we know others’ family members, we often ask about their occupations. First let’s take a look at how to introduce family members.

“这是(zhè shì)……” is used to introduce someone or something, meaning “this is. “

For example,
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  • 这是我爸爸。 (Zhè shì wǒ bàba.) This is my dad.
  • 这是我朋友。 (Zhè shì wǒ péngyou.) This is my friend.
  • 这是我老师。 (Zhè shì wǒ lǎoshī.) This is my teacher.

“老师(lǎoshī)” is a kind of occupation. Here are some other words about occupations.

  • 医生(yīshēng) doctor
  • 律师(lǜshī) lawyer
  • 银行经理(yínháng jīnglǐ) bank manager
  • 学生(xuéshēng) student

The following pattern can be used for asking about occupation.

你爸爸做什么工作? (Nǐ bàba zuò shénme gōngzuò?)

The subject “你爸爸(nǐ bàba)” can be changed to other persons. “做(zuò)” means “to do”, “工作(gōngzuò)” means “job”. When you answer this question, you can just say

Subject + 是 + Noun(occupation)

我爸爸是银行经理。 (Wǒ bàba shì yínháng jīnglǐ.)

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