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Hi everyone! I’m Alisha.
Welcome to Conversational Phrases!
We’ve found that the best way to learn a language is to speak it from day one! And the best way to start speaking is to learn phrases that you’ll use in real conversations.
Today, we’ll learn conversational phrases about occupations. After watching this video, you’ll be able to talk about your job and ask what somebody does for a living.
Now, let’s take a look at some conversational phrases!
Listen to the dialogue:
Mitä sinä teet työksesi?
Minä olen taiteilija.
Listen to it again. Now, with the English translation:
Mitä sinä teet työksesi?
“What do you do?”
Minä olen taiteilija.
“I’m an artist.”
First of all, you need to learn how to say “What do you do?”
That's: Mitä sinä teet työksesi?
Listen to it again: Mitä sinä teet työksesi?, Mitä sinä teet työksesi?
This Finnish sentence literally translates into “What do you do (as a job)?,” but it means “What do you do?” in English.
Now, how do you answer this question?
This is the pattern you’ll need:
Minä olen [your occupation].
“I’m a/an [your occupation].”
For example:
“I’m an artist.”
Minä olen taiteilija., Minä olen taiteilija.