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  • Hi.

  • I'm Vanessa from SpeakEnglishWithVanessa.com.

  • Let's talk about how to pronounce 100 jobs.

  • When you first meet someone, talking about your job is one of the first topics that comes

  • up in conversation.

  • This phrasal verb "come up" means that it easily arises in conversation, so I want to

  • help you learn a simple, clear way to describe your job.

  • It looks like we have a little friend who is here to help us explain these job titles.

  • I don't know how long he's going to stay.

  • We'll see.

  • It's pretty perfect because I'm wearing this cat shirt today.

  • Well, when someone asks me, "Vanessa, what do you do?"

  • I say, "I'm an English teacher.

  • I teach online."

  • Simple and clear.

  • And usually they ask, "How does that work?

  • Can you do that?"

  • I explain, "Yes, people from around the world who want to learn English find my lessons,

  • and I help them."

  • Great.

  • This is a simple, clear way to explain this.

  • So today, we're going to practice pronouncing a lot of job titles, and I hope that yours

  • is one of them.

  • It's great for introducing yourself, but it's also useful to understand other job titles

  • so that when people say that that's what they do, you can have a little conversation about

  • it or at least understand the word that they said.

  • So, I hope this will help to build your vocabulary and also help you to meet other people.

  • There are a couple ways to describe your job.

  • You could say, "I'm a teacher," or you could say the full sentence, "I work in education."

  • This is the field that you work in.

  • I work in management.

  • I work in construction.

  • You're not saying your specific job title, but you're just generally saying, I work in

  • plus that field.

  • Or you could say, "I work for Google.

  • I work for Apple.

  • I work for a local pizza restaurant."

  • Here, you're talking about the company.

  • As long as it's something well known or maybe well known in your area, you can say the company

  • that you work for as well.

  • Now that we've talked about these two helpful sentences for describing your job, I work

  • in management.

  • I work for Google.

  • Let's get onto some specific job descriptions.

  • I've broken these into different categories.

  • Some of these are general, some of these are medical or food or creative type jobs.

  • There's a couple overlapping type jobs, so we're just going to try to stick with those

  • categories to help you remember them.

  • Let's start with some general job descriptors.

  • I'm the director of the marketing team.

  • I'm the director of the design team, to be the director, or you could say, "I'm the manager.

  • I'm the manager of the sales department.

  • I'm the owner of a local restaurant."

  • Or you can make this complete sentence and say, "I run the local restaurant."

  • That means that you're in charge.

  • I run the local restaurant.

  • I run my own business.

  • I run a jewelry business.

  • I run some kind of business because I'm the owner.

  • The next category deals with jobs that include words of some sorts.

  • The first one is teacher.

  • I'm a teacher, or you could say, "I'm a kindergarten teacher.

  • I'm an elementary school teacher.

  • I'm a middle school teacher.

  • I'm a high school teacher."

  • You could be more specific.

  • I'm a math teacher.

  • I'm an English teacher.

  • I'm a piano teacher.

  • I'm a music teacher.

  • Excellent.

  • I'm a professor at the local university.

  • I'm a professor at the local college.

  • This means that you are a teacher at the university or at the college.

  • We don't say teacher for this higher level of education.

  • We say professor.

  • You might also say, "I work in the school system."

  • This means that you generally have a job that deals with education, but you don't really

  • want to say specifically what you do.

  • You could just say, "I work in the school system.

  • I'm a student.

  • I'm a philosophy student.

  • I'm a student of biology.

  • I'm a biology student."

  • I'm a daycare worker.

  • I help little kids have fun all day.

  • I'm a daycare worker.

  • I'm a translator.

  • I'm a translator.

  • Do you notice how I added a D in the middle of this word?

  • That's because in American English, that T often changes to a D. So make sure that you

  • say that correctly, especially if you're a translator and you deal with words, translator.

  • Or you might be an interpreter, interpreter.

  • Do you notice that same thing happening at the end of this word?

  • It sounds like D-E-R, interpreter.

  • I'm a writer.

  • Again, we have that T in the middle of the word changing to a D. I'm a writer, or I'm

  • a journalist.

  • I work for the National Geographic.

  • This is a well-known company, so you might say, "I work for National Geographic," or

  • we could add "the" if you'd like.

  • I work for the National Geographic.

  • Excellent.

  • I'm a lawyer, lawyer.

  • Even though the root of this word is law, the vowel is different when we're talking

  • about the person loy, loy.

  • It sounds like it rhymes with boy, toy.

  • Lawyer, lawyer.

  • Or maybe you're a judge, a judge.

  • Like we mentioned before with the school system, you might say, "I work in the court system."

  • Maybe you're not a lawyer, you're not a judge, but you generally work in the court system.

  • This is excellent.

  • You can say, "I work in the court system."

  • I'm a tour guide, or I work in tourism.

  • You might not be the guide to yourself, but you could say, "I work in tourism."

  • If it's just a simple chit-chat with somebody else, they'll get the general idea that you

  • work with tourism instead of the specific job, giving all these details about what you

  • do.

  • I work in tourism.

  • The next category of jobs have to do with medical related jobs.

  • The first one is doctor.

  • I'm a doctor.

  • You might say, "I'm a heart doctor.

  • I'm an eye doctor.

  • I'm a bone doctor."

  • There are some technical terms related to each of these fields.

  • For example, you might say, "I'm an optician," instead of, "I'm an eye doctor."

  • But in daily conversation, we usually keep it simple and just say, "I'm a bone doctor.

  • I'm an eye doctor," something like this.

  • I'm a surgeon.

  • You might be a neurosurgeon.

  • You could add some more specific related words to this, but make sure that when you say the

  • word surgeon, surgeon, the end of that word is beautifully pronounced.

  • It's kind of swallowed surge.

  • Surgeon, surgeon.

  • Or if you're not a surgeon, but you have to go to the doctor, you might say, "Oh, I have

  • to see the surgeon today.

  • I'm worried about what he's going to say."

  • Make sure that you pronounce it correctly.

  • Surgeon.

  • I'm a nurse, or I'm a pediatrician.

  • This is a doctor who deals with kids.

  • You could combine these words and say, "I'm a pediatric nurse."

  • This is a nurse who works with children.

  • I'm a nurse.

  • I'm a pediatrician, or I'm a pediatric nurse.

  • A lot of these jobs, you can combine them to be more specific for your field so that

  • way you can expand your vocabulary even more.

  • I'm a dentist, dentist, or I'm a dental hygienist.

  • This is the person who checks your teeth and usually aids the dentist.

  • I'm a dentist, or I'm a dental hygienist.

  • Great.

  • I'm a pharmacist.

  • Break down this word with me.

  • I'm a pharmacist.

  • Or maybe I had to talk with the pharmacist today because I think they got my prescription

  • wrong.

  • I talked with the pharmacist.

  • If you help to work in the pharmaceutical field, you might be a pharmaceutical scientist.

  • Let's break down this word.

  • Pharma.

  • That's the first part.

  • Pharmaceutical.

  • Pharmaceutical scientist.

  • I'm a pharmaceutical scientist.

  • I'm a scientist.

  • This is quite general.

  • You couldn't make it more specific.

  • I'm a neuroscientist.

  • This deals with the brain.

  • I'm a neuroscientist, or I'm a biologist.

  • I'm a chemist, or I'm a physicist.

  • There's different syllables here, so say it with me.

  • Physicist.

  • I'm a physicist.

  • I'm a researcher.

  • Makes sure that the vowels in this word are the same.

  • Er, and then, er again.

  • I'm a researcher, researcher.

  • I'm an occupational therapist, or I'm a physical therapist.

  • Sometimes in the field, those are shortened to OT or PT.

  • I'm a PT.

  • But if you're talking to someone just on the street or someone you met who isn't familiar

  • with the field, I recommend saying the full term.

  • I'm an occupational.

  • Make sure that you use "tion" in the middle of that word.

  • Occupational therapist, or I'm a physical therapist.

  • I'm a psychologist.

  • I'm a therapist.

  • If you're feeling a little bit down, you're feeling some depression.

  • You might go see a therapist, or you might say a psychologist.

  • I feel like it's a little more common to say therapist for these types of people.

  • I'm a veterinarian.

  • Veterinarian, veterinarian.

  • But you can also say, "I'm a vet."

  • Just to let you know, if you say, "I'm a vet, someone might think that you used to be in

  • the military," because the word vet can be short for veterinarian, or it can be short

  • for veteran, which is someone who has served in the military.

  • So sometimes people who used to be in the military might say, "Oh, I'm a vet."

  • This means that you used to be in the military.

  • But if you're a veterinarian, you could also say, "I'm a vet."

  • If that person generally has an idea that you're some kind of doctor, you could just

  • say, "I'm a vet," but you can specify and say, "I'm a veterinarian."

  • Great word.

  • And finally in our medical category is Dietitian.

  • Diet is the root word here.

  • Dietitian, dietitian, dietitian.

  • This is someone who helps to create healthy meals maybe for a nursing home, maybe for

  • a school system.

  • They are a dietitian.

  • The next category are jobs that deal with offices or stores.

  • The first job is secretary.

  • I'm a secretary.

  • Let's break down this word.

  • Secretary, secretary, secretary.

  • I'm an office worker.

  • This is quite general, but you might want to be general and just say, "I'm an office

  • worker."

  • I'm an engineer.

  • You might be more specific and say, "I'm a mechanical engineer."

  • That's what my dad is.

  • Or you might say, "I'm a civil engineer.

  • I'm a software engineer."

  • Notice that the T in the middle of software is cut out.

  • Software.

  • The F and the W are right beside each other when we pronounce it, software engineer, or

  • you might say, "I'm an environmental engineer."

  • This great word, environmental.

  • Let's break it down.

  • Environmental, environmental.

  • Environmental engineer.

  • I'm an insurance broker.

  • I work in insurance.

  • I'm an insurance broker.

  • I work in insurance.

  • I'm an accountant, or you could be more specific and say, "I'm a tax accountant," or sometimes

  • this job is referred to as a tax adviser.

  • Make sure that when you say the word adviser, there's a Z sound there where the S is.

  • Adviser.

  • I'm a tax adviser.

  • I'm an account manager, account manager.

  • What if you work in marketing?

  • Would you say I'm a marketer?

  • Not really.

  • It's okay, but it's not that common.

  • I feel like it's more natural to just say, "I work in marketing."

  • I work in marketing.

  • I'm a human resources manager, or I work in human resources.

  • What if you have a technical job maybe like this, human resources manager, and you don't

  • really want to explain it to someone when you talk to them?

  • You could say simply with a smile, maybe with a little laugh, "Oh, you know, I work in an

  • office."

  • This means that you don't really want to explain your job in detail.

  • It's not rude.

  • It's kind of funny.

  • "Oh, you know, I work in an office."