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Talking about work, en español Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 in Spanish Vocabulary

When you do what you love, that’s awesome, isn’t it? However, some people have a terrible time jumping from job to job until they find one that fulfills them. Take a look at the following dialog:

Pedro: Te veo malhumorado. ¿Qué te sucede?
Luis: A decir verdad, estoy harto de hacer siempre el mismo trabajo día tras día. Ya sabes, eso de rellenar formularios y esas cosas.
Pedro: ¿Has pensado ya en buscar otro trabajo?
Luis: Pues sí. Les he estado echando una ojeada a los clasificados del periódico.
Pedro: ¿Qué tipo de trabajo tienes en mente?
Luis: No lo sé, algo más desafiador. No aguanto más esta rutina.

Could you understand what Luis is going through? If not, here are some words and expressions to help you.

Te veo … – You look …
malhumorado – moody, in a bad mood
¿Qué te sucede? – The same as ¿Qué te pasa?, what’s happening?, what’s going on?
a decir verdad – to tell you the truth
harto de – fed up with (doing something)
día trás día – day after day
ya sabes – you know
eso de – like, such as
rellenar – to fill out
y esas cosas – and things like that
pues sí – of course
echar una ojeada – to take a look
clasificados – want ads
desafiador – challenging
no aguanto más – I can’t stand it … no more

To get someone talking about their work you can use the following questions and answers.

¿A qué te dedicas? [What do you do? What’s your occupation?]
Soy… [I’m…]

¿Qué haces para ganarte la vida? [What do you do for a living?]
¿Qué tipo de trabajo realizas? [What kind of work do you do?]
Trabajo con publicidad / ventas / mercadeo. [I work with publicity / sales / marketing.]

¿Te gusta tu trabajo? [Do you like your job?]
Me encanta mi trabajo. [I love my job.]
Odio mi trabajo. [I hate my job.]
No soporto a mi jefe. [I can’t stand my boss.]

¿Por qué no te buscas otro trabajo? [Why don’t you look for another job?]
Estoy pensando cambiar de trabajo. [I’m thinking about changing jobs.]

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English / Spanish teacher and translator for over 20 years. I have been blogging since 2007 and I am also a professional singer in my spare time.