Learning French Journal #8 Professions

Hi everyone! I've been trying to teach myself French for a while and I thought it would be fun to create some blog posts as I go along to help myself study so I will be doing regular posts on French. In my last post I discussed some basics when asking questions. In this post I will be looking at talking about careers. Please note this is not a study guide, if I make any mistakes please let me know!
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Talking about your job:

  • Je suis... (zhuh swee...) - I am...

E.g. Je suis secrétaire - I am a secretary

Some jobs have a female and male version. Generally when jobs end in an e the word is the same for both genders. Some jobs do not have a female version but culturally some French people will use their own versions, for example le professeure or le prof for a female teacher.  

Examples of jobs:

  • Le professeur - teacher/professor
  • L'homme d'affaires/ la femme d'affaires- businessman/woman
  • Le PDG (luh pey dey zhey)- CEO/ Président Directeur Général
  • L'avocat/ l'avocate- lawyer
  • L'informaticien/ l'informaticienne- computer scientist
  • L'ingénieur- engineer
  • L'architecte- architect
  • Le/la dentiste- dentist
  • Le médecin- doctor
  • L'infirmier/ l'infirmiére- nurse
  • Le serveur/ la serveuse- waiter/waitress
  • Le retraité/ la retraitée- retired person

Some work-related questions:

  • Quel est votre métier? - What is your profession?
  • Qu'est-ce que vous faites dans la vie?- What do you do for a living?
  • Pour quelle enterprise? OR compagnie travaillez-vous? - What company do you work for?
  • Voyagez-vous souvent pour votre travail? - Do you travel often for your job?

Some work-related vocabulary:

  • Mon bureau- my office
  • Une compagnie- a company
  • Un employé/ une employée- an employee
  • Le voyage d'affaires- business trip
  • Votre métier est intéressant- your profession is interesting

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