Telling people your job - Intermediate
When people ask you 'What do you do?', there are different ways that you can answer. In all the examples below the speaker is a hairdresser.
10 expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing:
- I'm a hairdresser.
- I'm in hairdressing.
- I work as a hairdresser.
- I'm a professional hairdresser.
- I do a bit of hairdressing.
- I'm in the hairdressing business.
- I cut hair (for a living).
- I work for a hairdressers.
- My day job is hairdressing.
- I earn my living as a hairdresser.
How To Use These Phrases In Your English:
- Phrase 1 is simply giving the job as a fact.
- Phrase 2 is describing the job as an area with a variety of possible jobs - hair-cutter, stylist, colourist etc.
- Phrase 3 says that the speakers job is now hairdressing but maybe she can do other things as well.
- We say phrase 4 when we want to make our job sound more important or difficult.
- We say phrase 5 when we want to make the job sound less important or difficult. Also, maybe it is only part-time work.
- Phrase 6 is simmilar to phrase 2.
- Phrase 7 simply describes the action of the job. It makes the job sound less glamorous or difficult.
- Phrase 8 is saying who the employer is. Maybe the speaker doesn't actually cat hair. Maybe he / she sweeps the floor.
- Phrases 9 and 10 says that the speaker makes money by cutting hair but has another profession that he / she wants to follow in the future.