Almost impossible to hear that the voice says "Weber" - it is pronounced with a long e (the first one) - to me it sounds like she says "der wiwar" or something!
It is someone who weaves things, for instance, tapestries or carpets. One of the most famous examples may be found in the Greek myth about Arachne who boasted that her skills were greater than those of the goddess Athena.
If you're into classic adventure games, you may also remember Lucasarts' game 'Loom' ;-) (Yes, it has been a while...) Remember: A weaver is like a beaver but creates cloth, not a lodge ;-)
Is this a common word in German? Because I cannot think of even one time in my life when I've used this word in English!
I don't think there are a lot of weavers in Germany today, but "Weber" is a very common family name (surname) in Germany! The family name comes from the profession and is pronounced the same way, so you might need it once in a while a address a Herr oder Frau Weber! ;)
I think, instead of teaching all the words about a subject, the less frequently used words should be moved for later stages. Now i can't remember many of the words in occupation section.. at least give us the right of bypassing some tests duo..
Did this show up for you in a lesson? This is not supposed to happen. We have removed this word from the course a while ago.
19th December 2014, still not removed. Also, despite many people reporting it, the pronunciation is unchanged. Please do something about this.
Apart from deleting it from the course and reporting the ghost sentence to staff there is really nothing more any of the contributors could do. Let's hope some day they'll fix their software.
@wataya: I hope this doesn't seem like nagging but it is apparently still part of the lesson (the 6th part of "Occupations")
@djurodrljaca: I left the Incubator 4 months ago, so I'm the wrong person to address :) But it probably won't do to contact the other contributors either since they aren't likely to have more luck with removing this word than I had.
I made a list last year of the most common German words. The word 'Weber' is 18,924 in the list. Maybe Duolingo could concentrate on using more likely words.