Generally, German-speaking countries tend to have a fairly high rate of employment and are an important export market for British goods. This means there is often a high demand in British firms for people with German language skills.
Hilfsvokabeln– Helpful vocabulary
Professions (male forms)
How do German speakers say what they do for a living?
Listen to these people telling us what they do.
Did you notice two important facts?
In German, you omit the indefinite article 'a' – ein, eine, when saying what you do for a living. This means that you do not follow the same pattern as English and say, 'I am a doctor' or 'I am a pensioner', but instead leave it out completely, eg
The men and women answered slightly differently. The man said ich bin Student and the woman said ich bin Studentin. This is the feminine form.
Translate the following sentences into German. All are male forms.
The word Meister is used together with a number of professions to show that someone is an expert or literally 'master' of their trade, eg a master cake-maker is Konditormeister, a master baker is Bäckmeister, and a master mechanic is Mechanikermeister.
Tradesmen traditionally work their way up the career ladder starting as an apprentice – Auszubildene, or Azubi for short. They then move up a rank to become a journeyman – Geselle.
This period lasts for exactly three years and one day. Finally, after producing a masterpiece from their chosen trade, they are accepted as a Meister into a guild of masters.
Gesellen are easy to spot as they dress in distinctive, old-fashioned looking costumes, consisting of black hats, white shirts, black jackets with silver buttons and bell-bottomed cords. To help support themselves, they often ask for donations in bars and cafés. Most people are learning to become masters in carpentry, roofing, tiling and plumbing.