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INTRODUCTION
Sydney: Hi everyone, I'm Sydney.
Albert: And I'm Albert.
Sydney: And welcome to Must-Know German Sentence Structures, Season 1, Lesson 1. Talking about your profession.
Sydney: In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a sentence pattern for talking about your profession.
PATTERN
Sydney: For example,
Sydney: "I'm a doctor."
Albert: Ich bin Arzt.
Albert: [slow] Ich bin Arzt.
Sydney: The pattern for talking about your profession has two elements. First, the pronoun, in this case "I", followed by the verb "to be" in the first person singular.
Albert: Ich bin.
Sydney: Second, your profession, in this case "doctor", referring to a male doctor.
Albert: Arzt.
Sydney: Altogether, we have... "I'm a doctor."
Albert: Ich bin Arzt. [slow] Ich bin Arzt. [normal] Ich bin Arzt.
Sydney: In German, you use the pronoun at first, which is followed by the conjugated verb "to be." It needs to be conjugated according to the pronoun. Right afterward comes the profession, which has to fit with the gender and number. Compared to English, there is no article in between the first and the second element.
Albert: Ich bin Arzt.
Sydney: So remember that if you want to tell someone about your profession, just use "I" plus the conjugated verb for "to be" and add the profession. Be aware of the speaker's gender and number.
Sydney: Here is another example meaning, "I'm a kindergarten teacher." First, the pronoun, in this case "I", followed by the verb "to be" in the first person singular.
Albert: Ich bin.
Sydney: Second, your profession, in this case "kindergarten teacher", referring to a male kindergarten teacher.
Albert: Kindergärtner.
Sydney: Altogether we have...
Albert: Ich bin Kindergärtner. [slow] Ich bin Kindergärtner. [normal] Ich bin Kindergärtner.
Sydney: "I'm a kindergarten teacher."
[pause]
Albert: Ich bin Kindergärtner.
Sydney: How do you say - "I am a butcher." To give you a hint, "butcher" is...
Albert: Metzger. [slow] Metzger. [normal] Metzger.
Sydney: "I am a butcher."
[pause]
Albert: Ich bin Metzger. [slow] Ich bin Metzger. [normal] Ich bin Metzger.
[pause]
Albert: Ich bin Metzger.
REVIEW
Sydney: Let's review the sentences from this lesson. I will give you the English equivalent of the phrase and you are responsible for shouting it out loud in German. Here we go.
Sydney: "I'm a doctor."
[pause]
Albert: Ich bin Arzt.
[pause]
Albert: Ich bin Arzt.
Sydney: "I'm a kindergarten teacher."
[pause]
Albert: Ich bin Kindergärtner.
[pause]
Albert: Ich bin Kindergärtner.
Sydney: "I am a butcher."
[pause]
Albert: Ich bin Metzger.
[pause]
Albert: Ich bin Metzger.

Outro

Sydney: Okay. That's all for this lesson. You learned a pattern for talking about your profession, as in...
Albert: Ich bin Arzt.
Sydney: meaning "I'm a doctor."
Sydney: You can find more vocab or phrases that go with this sentence pattern in the lesson notes. So please be sure to check them out on GermanPod101.com. Thanks everyone, see you next time!
Albert: Bis zum nächsten Mal!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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What do you do for a living?

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Wednesday at 10:20 AM
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Hi Asmita,


Thank you for your feedback!👍


So was I. Nice to meet you, colleague.😉


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Asmita
Friday at 10:01 AM
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Ich bun bankkaufmann.

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Wednesday at 09:56 AM
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Hi Dipta,


Thank you for posting.😉


Please allow me to copy + paste from the above lesson:

In German, nouns of professions used in a sentence don't need an article after the verb sein for "to be" like their English counterparts.

Er ist Architekt

"He is an architect"

But, the only exception is when the noun is modified by an adjective. In that case, we use the article.

Er ist ein talentierter Schauspieler.

"He is a talented actor."


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Dipta
Wednesday at 09:43 AM
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Hallo,


I have a question. In the example sentences I noticed that some of them use the indefinite article eine/ein while some others don't. Those that don't use article, when translated into English would need the article.

"Er ist Student." --> "He is a student."


When should we put the article when should we not?

Danke schön

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Tuesday at 06:03 AM
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Hallo robert groulx,


Omg 😞😞 So sad to hear that! We hope you are feeling good now. Thank you for studying with us. If you have any questions, please let us know!


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robert groulx
Tuesday at 04:49 AM
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thanks for the lesson transcript


i used to be buyer/inventory manager until i suffered a massive stroke


robert

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Thursday at 09:21 AM
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Hi Laurie,


Thank you for your feedback.

Texas, hot but beautiful.😉


Just a little correction "... in Texas."


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Laurie
Saturday at 08:24 AM
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Ich bin Immobilienmakler en Texas.

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Hi Robert,


Thank you for your feedback!

Great job. You meet a lot of people.👍


Please allow me to make a few tiny little changes to your sentences:

Ich bin pensionierter Busfahrer.

Ich fuhr in Denver, Colorado, für viele Jahre.

Der Verkehr kann einen verrückt machen.


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Robert
Tuesday at 09:28 AM
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Ich bin pensioniert Busfahrer. Ich fuhr in Denver, Colorado, für viele Jahren. Verkehr können verrückt.