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Japanese Lesson 56: Jobs part 3


Professional: Senmonka: せんもんか: 専門家

Judge: Saibankan: さいばんかん: 裁判官

Writer: Sakka: さっか: 作家

Police Officer: Keisatsukan: けいさつかん: 警察官
Note: yes... they did give us Police Officer again...

Guard: Keibiin: けいびいん: 警備員

Actor: Haiyuu: はいゆう: 俳優

Captain: Senchou: せんちょう: 船長

As (i.e: in the role of): Toshite: として


I am not a Judge.
Watashi wa saibankan dewa arimasen.
わたし は さいばんかん では ありません

*Note: It's been several lessons, and some of you here are new, so just a review... "Dewa arimasen" is the negative conjugation of "Desu". That's a little weird I know. There are actually 6 different ways to say "is not" and they are, for the most part, completely interchangeable with one another. They are:

Dewa arimasen: ではありません
Ja arimasen:   じゃありません
Dewa nai desu: ではないです
Ja nai desu:   じゃないです
Dewa nai:    ではない
Ja nai:      じゃない

The first two are the most formal versions though. :)*

I am a professional.
Watashi wa senmonka desu.
わたし は せんもんか です。

I am a police officer.
Watashi wa keisatsukan desu.
わたし は けいさつかん です。

He is an actor.
Kare wa haiyuu desu.
かれ は はいゆう です。

You work as a guard
Anata wa keibiin toshite hataraiteimasu.
あなた は けいびいん として はたらいています。

*Note: In sentences where you need to use "as"... with the definition of (in the role of) ... like in the above sentence, you will use the word "toshite". Unlike English... where we put "as" BEFORE the occupation, you will put "toshite" AFTER the occupation.

Keibiin toshite hataraiteimasu
Guard as work

Also remember when using the verb "work" (hataraku) it needs to be conjugated into continuous form (te-imasu form) to express that the person is presently and currently working in that occupation*

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November 12, 2016



Nice lessons! Keep it up!


it would be great if you say which form is form is polite and plain!

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