"Shadow" meaning "a person who accompanies someone in their daily activities at work in order to gain experience at or insight into a job."

  • “村里来的新人”,a funny way to say that. Mar 17 '17 at 0:25

The term " to shadow "(跟随/跟著) means 'follow (closely like a shadow)'.


"Today is your first day on the job, you don't have to do anything, just shadowing John and watch how he works."

(今天是你工作的第一天,你不用做任何事情,只要跟著約翰, 看看他是如何工作便可以了.)

For a noun that describes 'someone who does the shadowing'

I suggest '見習生'


"you would be John's shadow today"



見習 (v) to watch and learn

見習生(n) a person on job probation (watch and learn)

見習生 is a general term, It can be a student training in actual work place or a new employee starting a job on probation. Different companies have different training methods. Shadowing is one kind of 見習, which trainee can learn by observing, and not hamper the trainer's regular work routine.

  • 見習生 is probably the closest one here. Keeping my options open. :)
    – damonh
    Mar 16 '17 at 0:35
  • 見習生 is used in the hospital for clerks (clerkship), they shadow physicians/other medical professions Mar 17 '17 at 11:20
  • @辛祐賦hsinyofu Did you mean that 見習生 could only refer to medical practitioners early in their career?
    – damonh
    Mar 22 '17 at 0:38

Is 学徒(apprentice) what you are looking for?

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    学徒 is a noun. OP is looking for a verb for 'to shadow' , which means 'follow someone closely like a shadow'
    – Tang Ho
    Mar 15 '17 at 20:51
  • 学徒 doesn't quite hit the mark.
    – damonh
    Mar 15 '17 at 21:53
  • @TangHo Actually "a person who..." describes a noun.
    – Rodrigo
    Mar 16 '17 at 22:16

A few verbs that can be used with the “師傅” “徒弟” relationship :

  • These look more like "footman" or "servant" to me.
    – damonh
    Mar 15 '17 at 21:52
  • 盯梢 is similar to shadow in the sense that it also signifies following someone secretly, otherwise the only one I have is 陪伴 which you can use with a trainer i.e. 教練陪伴著實習生, I don't know if you can get closer than that with a direct translation
    – Zukaberg
    Mar 15 '17 at 21:59

你跟着她做。 Follow her, watch what she does.

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