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  • Hi everyone. My name is Shane and this is part five of the beginner English phrases for conversation series.

  • If you haven't seen the first four parts, you can find the playlist up here or you can find the link in the description below.

  • Alright, are you ready for today's phrase? Let's get started!

  • Today's phrase is 'What do you do?'

  • What do you do?

  • When native speakers say this phrase very quickly, they like to say

  • 'Wodduhyuhdo?'

  • Wodduhyuhdo?

  • Now this phrase is asking about your job.

  • Do you work?

  • Do you study?

  • Or do you do something else?

  • This question is not asking about just one time.

  • " What do you do " is asking about what you do as a habit, as a routine.

  • It's asking about the past, the present and the future.

  • Please don't confuse " What do you do "

  • with " What are you doing " with an ING.

  • These two phrases are very different.

  • You can see on the screen right now that 'What are you doing' means " What are you doing right now? "

  • We are talking about one time - right now.

  • But the phrase " What do you do " is asking about your job, your routine.

  • Some different ways to ask 'What do you do' are

  • 'What do you do for a living?'

  • What is your job?

  • What is your occupation?

  • Please note that the word 'occupation' is a formal word.

  • So if someone asks you 'What do you do', how can you answer this basic question?

  • The main way to answer is by saying

  • 'I'm a' plus your job.

  • For example, I would say 'I'm a teacher.'

  • Some other examples could be 'I'm a doctor.'

  • I'm a student.

  • If you are a student, you could also say

  • 'I study at university.'

  • Or you could say 'I'm a university student.'

  • Now let's talk about some common mistakes with this phrase.

  • The most common mistake is when students confuse

  • 'What do you do' with 'What are you doing?'

  • Remember, 'What do you do' is asking about your job.

  • 'What are you doing' is asking what you're doing right now.

  • It's asking about one time.

  • So if someone says to you, 'What do you do',

  • please don't answer by saying 'I'm working' or 'I'm eating.'

  • This is incorrect.

  • You can see the differences between these two questions on the screen right now.

  • The second most common mistake is when students answer the question 'What do you do' by saying things like 'I am study at university.'

  • This is incorrect

  • because after 'am', we don't use verb 1.

  • To correct this sentence, we could say 'I study at university.'

  • Or we could say 'I'm a student.'

Hi everyone. My name is Shane and this is part five of the beginner English phrases for conversation series.

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Beginner English Phrases For Conversation Part 5 (Beginner English Speaking Course And Practice)

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