Norwegian A1 course

Professions

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How to talk about your profession

Use the verb “er”:

  • Jeg er lærer. – I am a teacher.
  • Han er frisør. – He is a hairdresser.

You can also say “I work as…” – “Jeg jobber som…” :

  • Emilie jobber som lege. – Emilie works as a doctor.

If you want to ask someone what they do for a living, you can say:

  • Hva jobber du som? – What do you do? (literally, “What do you work as?”)
  • Hva jobber du med? – (literally) What do you work with?

New words

NorwegianEnglish
(en) frisør  hairdresser
(en) ingeniør engineer
(en) kelner  waiter
(en) lege  doctor
(en) lærer  teacher
(et) politi
(en) politimann 
police
policeman
(en) politiker politician
(en) rørlegger  plumber
(en) sekretær secretary
(en) sjåfør driver
(en) sykepleier  nurse
(en) tannlege  dentist

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26 thoughts on “Professions”

  1. Mudith Gagana Kularathna

    Jobber du.? Ja, jeg jobber.
    Hva jobber du som.? Jeg jobber som flyvertinne.
    (Kindly explain me if flyvertinne is also a male flight attendant or just the female?)

    1. Ursula (teacher)

      Good job Jocelyn:)
      ‘virtuell skole’ is correct, but its more common to use ‘online skole’, ‘hjemmeskole’ or ‘nettbasert undevisning’:)

    1. Ursula (teacher)

      Well done Abiodun:)
      When you ask what you work as you have two different ways to answer:
      ‘Jeg jobber som rengjører’ – I work as a cleaner
      or
      ‘Jeg jobber med rengjøring’ – I work with cleaning

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