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Hi everyone! I’m Alisha.
Welcome to Conversational Phrases!
We’ve found that the best way to learn a language is to speak it from day one! And the best way to start speaking is to learn phrases that you’ll use in real conversations.
Today, we’ll learn conversational phrases about occupations. After watching this video, you’ll be able to talk about your job and ask what somebody does for a living.
Now, let’s take a look at some conversational phrases!
Listen to the dialogue:
Wat doen jy vir 'n lewe?
Ek is 'n kunstenaar.
Listen to it again. Now, with the English translation:
Wat doen jy vir 'n lewe?
“What do you do?”
Ek is 'n kunstenaar.
“I’m an artist.”
First of all, you need to learn how to say “What do you do?”
That's: Wat doen jy vir 'n lewe?
Listen to it again: Wat doen jy vir 'n lewe?, Wat doen jy vir 'n lewe?
This Afrikaans sentence literally translates into “What do you do for a living?,” but it means “What do you do?” in English.
Now, how do you answer this question?
This is the pattern you’ll need:
Ek is 'n [your occupation].
“I’m a/an [your occupation].”
For example:
“I’m an artist.”
Ek is 'n kunstenaar., Ek is 'n kunstenaar.