OT: English language question

Colin Fine colin at kindness.demon.co.uk
Wed Apr 6 14:46:40 EDT 2005


Laurie Puszczewicz wrote:

>I have been enjoying the discussion on English, all the more so because I
>am currently teaching English as a Foreign Language courses in Spain and
>have spent a lot of time thinking about English lately, since my only
>qualification to be teaching English is being a native speaker, which
>doesn't mean one can always adequately explain *why* one says things a
>certain way.  Anyway, a student of mine asked me a vocabulary question I
>have not yet been able to answer, and I thought perhaps this list might be
>able to help, as we have a great mix of native English speakers and people
>who have learned English in other ways. 
>
>A student of mine is translating her CV to English, and I have not been
>able to give her a name in English for her current job. In Spanish the
>term is "azafata de gustacion:"  what she does is stand in the candy
>department of a large department store and offer customers a sample of
>chocolates.  In the US, we have employees who spray perfume samples in
>makeup aisles, or offer samples of food in grocery stores for taste
>testing, and people who stand at doors and greet customers as they walk
>in--all similar types of jobs, but I couldn't think of what the name for
>the job would be for something formal like a CV. Any thoughts?  This has
>turned into one of those "wake up at 2am and waste precious sleeping time
>puzzling over a trivial matter" things.
>
>Thanks,
>Laurie   
>
>
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For mechanical things (such as clever new kitchen gadgets) the word I'd 
use would be 'demonstrator', but that doesn't really work for food.

Colin

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