One of the first questions people do in China when they meet someone new is ask what they do for a living. Make sure you know how to answer—or even ask if you are curious too!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(1) How to ask someone about their profession

(2) To reply to someone’s question about what you do for a living

Dialogue: A just met B and wants to know what he does for a living:

A-我听说你现在是销售经理?Wǒ tīng shuō nǐ xiànzài shì xiāoshòu jīnglǐ?

I heard you are currently a sales manager.

B-对,有时候老出差。你呢?你是做什么工作的?Duì, yǒu shíhòu lǎo chūchāi. Nǐ ne? Nǐ shì zuò shénme gōngzuò de?

Yes, and I often take business trips. And you? What do you do?

A-我是医生。Wǒ shì yīshēng.

I am a doctor

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

我听说:I heard



销售经理:sales manager



出差:business trip

你呢:and you?

你是做什么工作的?What do you do?

我是:I am


Yes! I’d like to learn Mandarin Chinese more effectively

Narrated by Song Liu

Our Podcast narrator, is a native Chinese speaker and is originally from Beijing, China and is keen to help you get ahead with learning. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Song also hosted a Mandarin live call-in news and music radio show in the Bay Area.