In this article I am going to explain you how to ask what someone’s occupation is in Italian and how to answer this question.
To ask what someone does for a living, you can use the following expressions:
Qual é la tua professione? (informal)
Qual é la sua professione? (formal)
What’s your occupation?
Di cosa ti occupi? (informal)
Di cosa si occupa? (formal)
What do you do?
Lavori o studi?
Do you study or (do you) work?
Occupation in Italian: I am a…
Secondly, to give information about what you do, where and for whom you work, you can use the expressions below:
verbo essere + un/un’/uno/una + occupation
Sono un infermiere (male)
I am a nurse
Sono un’infermiera (female)
I am a nurse
Sono una cameriera
I am a waitress
Sono uno scultore
I am a sculptor
lavorare + in + place
Lavoro in un’impresa di costruzione
I work in a construction company
Lavoro in un parcheggio
I work in a car park
Lavoro in un ristorante
I work in a restaurant
lavorare + per + person
Lavoro per un dentista
I work for a dentist
Lavoro per una famiglia con tre bambini
I work for a family with three children
Lavoro per Giulio Rossi
I work for Giulio Rossi
Occupation in Italian: what does it involve?
Moreover, to explain what your occupation involves, you will normally need a verb that describes the action, followed by a noun.
Sono uno spazzino. Spazzo le strade
I am a road sweeper. I sweep the street
Sono un camionista. Trasporto frutta.
I am a lorry driver. I transport fruit
(Dis)occupation in Italian
In conclusion, to say that you are not working you can use the following expressions:
I don’t work
I am unemployed
I am retired
I hope this article has been helpful! Now you should be able say what your occupation is. Remember that learning a new language is not easy! It takes time and a lot of patience. Hence, keep practicing everyday! 🙂
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