Learning Spanish – Talking about your work

bigstockphoto_Business_Woman_5135305Renting long term on the Costa del Sol and living and working here means that the Spanish you need to get to know someone often starts with discussing what you do for a job. This means you need a good grasp of the vocabulary for professions and know how to ask and answer questions. Here’s a short run down of helpful vocabulary to talk about what you do:

¿En que trabajas? – What’s your job?
Trabajo en informatica/marketing/inmobilario/un restaurante/un bar – I work in IT/marketing/real estate/ a restaurant/ a bar

¿Te gusta tu trabajo? – Do you like your job?
Si mi gusta mucho / No me gusta mucho / No me gusta nada pero necesito el dinero – Yes, I like it a lot / No I don’t like it much / No I don’t like it at all, but I need the money

¿Hace cuanto tiempo trabajas en esto? – How long have you been working in that?
Hace x anos – For x years

No trabajo estoy jubilado/a – I don’t work I am retired
Trabajo medio tiempo/ a tiempo parcial – I work part time
Quiero cambiar mi trabajo – I would like to change my job
Me gusta/no me gusta mi jefe (m) – I like/I don’t like my boss, employer
Mi sueldo es poco pero me gusta mi trabajo – My salary is small but I like my job

Professions

abogado – lawyer
bombero – firefighter
camarero – waiter/waitress
dentista – dentist
enfermero – nurse
mecánico – mechanic
médico – doctor
periodista – journalist
piloto – pilot
policía – police
profesor – teacher
vendedor – salesperson

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