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Love it or hate it, work (工作 – gōng zuò) is an important part of life. Most people have to go to a job, whether you’re a part-time employee or the CEO. Since it’s such a time-consuming and important aspect of our lives, work is a topic that often comes up in conversation. This post will teach you how to talk about your job and ask basic questions to others in Chinese.
The first question you’ll need to learn is a very common one:
To answer, simply say:
Not sure about job titles in Chinese? Here are 25 common ones that you can study:
Don’t see your job on there? Tell us what you do in Chinese in the comments section so we can all learn even more vocabulary!
Another common question related to work is:
Of course, there are a variety of ways to answer this question. You could give the city or part of town where you work, the type of workplace, or even the company name. Here are ten common workplaces in Chinese to help you out:
To answer the question giving your workplace, simply put the correct word in the middle of this sentence:
If you work at a company that’s very well-known – such as Coca-Cola or Apple – you might as well learn the company’s name in Chinese. Get the Chinese names for 50 famous companies here.
Teaching English in China: If you’ve ever thought about teaching English in China, this page is a great resource. We cover the basics – finding a job, getting a visa, etc. – and also detail our real-life experiences over 5+ years teaching in many different jobs.
My Job: Practice your reading skills in this post about my job as an English teacher in Beijing. Study the post and then try to write a similar one about your job.
China’s Workforce: Learn all about the past, present, and future of China’s workforce. From Mao-era work units, to reform and opening up, to recent boom years and beyond, things change quickly in China.
What’s it Really Like Working in China?: Take a look at the two extremes in China – extreme wealth and extreme poverty – as well as the minimum wage, holidays, and more to get an idea of what it’s really like working there.
We’ll leave one more question here for you to try and answer in Chinese: