- Travail, boulot, and emploi all refer to the work one does to earn money.
- Métier is one's profession, vocation, trade, craft, occupation, or special area of experience.
- Career, though similar, is translated "la carrière".
It's true that métier is used informally as "job", but be aware that travail, boulot, and emploi are more common and of all these, "boulot" is the most informal way to refer to (just) a job. I.e., "boulot" is not your profession, trade, craft, or occupation; it's just where you go to put in your time and collect your wages.
I translated as “This is my work”.
I am not necessarily arguing for this to be accepted (I didn't report it) but I used ‘work’ in the older sense of that which you wright in the world, that which occupies you both effortfully and vocationally. As an example, a sculptor may show you their studio in which there might be a partially finished sculpture and say “This is my work” and mean not just the piece they're currently working on but this is what they work at, this is their trade, their craft, their work.
And in the sense of one's trade or craft, yes, that is their work (métier). If you are showing a product of one's work, i.e., a (piece of) work, it is l'œuvre (f). The challenge from the English side is that we need to use caution about what French word we apply to a particular situation because "boulot", for example, has a decidedly mundane connotation to it. As you know, there is considerable overlap in both languages so sometimes it seems like splitting hairs when dealing with job, work, occupation, trade, profession, and career.
Overlapping, but not totally interchangeable. Words have connotations. "job" implies something you do for money but don't necessarily enjoy, you might say "it's just a job". Also you might have successive jobs that were very different, but equally unskilled. That would be "houblot"
Metier, is more like profession. It's what you think of yourself as, even if you are currently out of work. It's what you would write on your passport. "I am a computer programmer", "I am a dentist".
"Travail" is somewhere in between. It's the noun form of the verb "to work". so "Je suis un professeur. C'est mon metier. Je vais au travail en voiture."
Well, true, but just based on the sentence as it stands by itself, it's not really calling on lot of context to determine such distinctions. And what you're saying calls for more context than that simple statement calls for. My issue here is, "métier" means one's profession, which, just by this no-context statement itself, can also describe one's job. Are there more words in French that distinguish "job" from "profession" even when just used in a statement with no other context? If so, THEN I could see not translating "job".
Métier (sometimes written - incorrectly - without the accent) is a word used in English to describe one's best ability, and/or the job for which one is best suited. "He's discovered his métier," can be said when talking about someone who's (finally? It can take some people a long time!) found the job for which they have the most talent and interest. So if you think of it in the English context, remembering "profession" or "craft" (in the work context: say, carpenter? Chef?) as the preferred translation might help. It doesn't have to be the sort of job one would usually call a profession over "just a job". If you're particularly good at something, and enjoy it, it can be your métier, even if others don't see it that way.
I hope I haven't muddied the waters here! I'll leave others to give you job synonyms :D
For métier I put field, which was rejected in favor of métier (in English). In a previous question, I used job for métier, and was told it should be field. Hard to please DL sometimes. I might well use métier in English, and both of my friends would understand, but nobody else.
Yes; in French, possessive words match the gender of the thing owned, not the gender of the owner.
The exception is when the thing owned starts with a vowel, in which case you use the masculine possessive word to make the sounds flow better: Mon ami = my friend, mon amie = my female friend
It is accepted now, even if it is much less common than other translations, including among British English speakers. https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/metier
Here's the link to that page: http://french.about.com/library/weekly/aa032500.htm
Sorry, but I just can't accept you and n6zs attempting to teach me the meaning of English words, a language in which I have almost 70 years of experience, not to mention a baccalaureate. Perhaps the two of you would be happier (albeit just as inaccurate) in the English language area of Duolingo?
It's not really about the meaning of English words, but métier. Métier is "profession, craft, trade", etc., whereas domaine is used for "domain" or "field (of study)". While they are close in meaning, they're not synonyms. I'm a native English speaker, too, and I'm afraid you're wrong on this.
"expertise" and "compétence" are not quite the same.
"expertise" should be "une expertise"
"une compétence" should be "skill, ability, competence or competency" depending on context.
"un métier" is a combination of an area of expertise and the experience gained in this area.
If what you do for your customers is on the task list of your job description, "c'est mon travail" is enough.
If you go beyond that, with insights about a specific aspect of your profession and experience as a whole, and they comment on your deep knowledge or helpful advice, you can use "c'est mon métier".
I'd say not. I might work at Apple, and someone could ask "Why are you doing that?" and I reply "It is my job." I wouldn't say "my business" if I'm not the owner.
Also, don't forget that if you say "it's none of your business" has nothing to do with work or jobs..... I think in French, they use "enterprise" and "affaire".
My point is that perhaps Duo doesn't want to introduce any more confusion then there already is :)
@sean.mullen: This would really not be worth the effort to argue, were it not for the nit-picking, fussy, arrogant attitude of some of the im-moderators here at Duolingo. This is not the first, second, or third instance where a minor shading of meaning has gotten these Guardians of Accuracy up on their hind legs, shields polished and pikes thrust forward, proclaiming "Thou shalt not pass!"
As to the specifics of this discussion, you may be right -- provided, that is, that four out of four online thesauri that I checked are all wrong. Each of them, including Merriam-Webster.com and Thesaurus.com list "field" either as a synonym or related word to "métier." But perhaps you have a better authority?
I wish to stress that the real argument here is whether Duolingo French ought to be teaching English to English speakers. I feel that it should not, and that if it does, it should at least be right!
Let's face it: English does not have a perfect translation for "un métier", which describes a combination of know-how and experience in any given field.
In any event, "un métier" belongs to the professional field and "field" by itself does not.
The Moderators' job is to keep the forums focused, clean and safe for the Community. Some of them can also volunteer to help learners with grammar, cultural aspects and Duolingo's method, mechanics and constraints.
They can also give tips to those experiencing their first foreign language, like: let go of your native language's logic and reflexes; start thinking in the target language as soon as possible; you are not learning the art of translation but the basics of another language; forget about what sounds the nicest to you in your mother tongue and translate as closely as possible; back translate all your translations to check that the reverse gets back to the original sentence exactly; an awkward or even awful English translation can better draw your attention to the target language's way of expressing the same ideas, etc.
You may ignore all of that, of course, it's up to you.
Sitesurf, I have found you to be quite a helpful moderator any number of times, and I thank you for your efforts. I would love to get into a philosophical discussion with you about what Duolingo does and how it does it, but I hardly think this is the place.
Although I have noodled with French on and off for more than 50 years, I'm still not very good at it. Still, I have strong opinions about how people communicate with each other, and I enjoy expressing those opinions here from time to time. Please feel free to put me in my place when you disagree with me, and forgive me when my BS scale tilts my prose toward sarcasm.