Using Articles When Talking about your Profession – English Lesson for Germans

Avoid this article mistake when talking about your profession

Welcome to this online English lesson about using articles when talking about your profession. Start by watching this video:


In German, you say things like “Ich bin Englischlehrer,” without an article. However, in English, we always use an indefinite article (a, an = ein, eine, einer, …).

That’s why you might hear an American say something like “Ich bin ein Ingenieur.” which sounds weird, right? In English, saying “I am engineer” sounds just as weird. 

So, always include either “a” or “an” (“an” comes before a vowel sound) before talking about a person’s profession or job (or saying that someone is a student).

Note: when talking about multiple people or using the plural form a profession, we DON’T use an article.


I’m an English teacher. 
My sister is a doctor.
I want to be a professional athlete when I’m older.
He’s a student.
They are all teachers.
Are lawyers well-respected in your country?

Beginner Exercise:

Which sentences are correct?

1 – She’s a chef.

2 – He’s a engineer.

3 – I want to be teacher when I grow up.

4 – My brother is still a student.

5 – She’s a plumber.

Advanced Exercise:

Answer the following questions. Write your answers in the comments below to get personalized feedback.

1 – What do you do for a living? Or are you a student?

2 – What did you want to be when you were a kid?

3 – What are the professions of some of your friends and family members?

If you have any questions, feel free to write them in the comments below (auf Englisch oder auf Deutsch).

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