Have you ever wanted to ask someone in English about the kind of work they do but were unsure how?Many cultures have ways of doing this.Today on Ask a Teacher, our question comes from Azra in Turkey.Is it polite to ask people about their jobs? How can I ask someone without sounding impolite?Hello Azra and thanks for writing to us!In the United States, asking someone about their job is one of the most common things to do when meeting that person for the first time.But in some other cultures, this question may be considered disrespectful, so be careful.Although questions such as "What is your job?" and "What are you?" seem like the most direct ways to ask, we do not use them.The questions are structured correctly but, to Americans, they can sound impolite and unnatural.Instead, we have a few ways to ask that sound more natural.When you meet someone in a social situation, and you want to know what kind of work they do, the most common question is this: What do you do?
你是否曾经想用英语问别人做的工作，但又不知道怎么问?许多文化中都有相关的说法。今天的名师答疑的提问来自土耳其的Azra。询问别人的工作礼貌吗？怎样问起来才能显得不失礼呢？你好Azra，感谢你的评论！在美国，第一次见面询问他人的工作很常见。在一些其他文化中，这个问题可能会被认为是无礼的，所以要小心。虽然像“What is your job?”和“What are you?”这样的问题似乎是最直接的提问方式，但我们不会这样说。这些问题结构上是正确的，但对美国人来说，它们听起来不礼貌、不自然。相反，我们有一些方法可以让这个问题听起来更自然。当你在社交场合遇到某人，你想知道他是做什么工作的，最常见的问题是：“What do you do?”