What's my profession???

Hey can anyone help. I was trying to explain to my German friend what I did for living an we couldn't come up with a specific answer... could someone please tell me how to say "Marine Biologist". Actually while we are on the subject, could you please also tell me how to say "Movie producer".. :D Thank you.

Hi Tonny, sounds like you have a very interesting job! The German word for Marine Biologist" in your case is "Meeresbiologe". Why do I say in your case? Well, in German all professions have two versions, one when used by a male and one when used by a female. If you were a woman you would be a "Meeresbiologin". The same goes for movie producer: "Filmemacher" is the male version and "Filmemacherin" is the female version. I hope that helps!

Thanks Nathalie, It's amazing how much the words in English and German look and sound alike... Thanks for the answer. Tonny

Hi Tonny, you are absolutely right! Some more examples are: Hand (hand), Finger (finger), Arm (arm), Nase (nose) Haar (hair).... Words that are similar in two languages are called cognates. Cognates make it so much easier for you to build up your vocabulary. Just search the internet on English/ German cognates and you will be amazed at how many there are. Have fun!

Hallo, I was just wondering was a gas fitter would be called in German and while we are there also how do you say... What's your profession? or something along those lines... Thank you kindly. James.

Hi James, the German words for gas fitter are "Gasinstallateur" for male gas fitters or "Gasinstallateurin" if you are refering to a female gas fitter. The easiest way to find out what someone does for a living is by asking "Was ist dein Beruf?" (casual) or "Was ist ihr Beruf?" (formal). It simply means "What is your profession". You could also ask "Wo arbeitest du?" or more formal "Wo arbeiten Sie?", which means "where do you work?". I hope that helps! Viel Spaß! Nathalie :D

When do we know how to say Die, Das, or Der when we are not familiar with a certain German word? Some are hard to place under feminine, male, or neuter.

Hi Aubrie, I've got good and bad news for you. First the good news: you don't have to worry about getting the gender right when having a conversation with German-speaking people. They will still understand what you mean even when you use the wrong article, but I guess there are situation where you want to get it right, for example when you sit an exam in German. Now the bad news: the gender of German words is (in most cases) completely random. The word for girl "das Mädchen" is neuter for example, which seems odd. Sometimes the ending of a word can help you to figure out the gender. Words with the endings -chen or -lein are always neuter (das Tischlein "the little table" or das Häuschen "the little house" for example), -heit, -in and -keit are the endings of feminine words and -er and -ling are usually masculine words, but there are exceptions. Have a look at our Grammar Guide, chapters 1.3 and 1.4 explain the concept of gender in more detail. I hope that helps. :D Nathalie


What is nurse-anesthetist in German; one who actually administers anesthesia? Karen

Hi Karen, the person who actually administers anesthesia is called a "Anästhesist". It's "der Anästhesist" for males and "die Anästhesistin" for females. Another word is "Narkosearzt" (males) or "Narkoseärztin" (females), which is more commonly used among non-medical experts. :D

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