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In this sentence,毕业之后最开始在一家房地产公司做销售员,底薪一千八.

the translator apparently translated "最开始" as went to work?

I am confused because I can't find any thing that relates 最开始 with finding a job .

Here is the translation,"after I graduated I first went to work as sales staff at a real estate agency with a salary of 1,800"

I think "最开始" means initially or at first. But then, where is the character for "to work 在一家房地产公司做销售员 "

  • 做 can mean "act/work as" thus 做销售员 "work as sales clerk", in connection with 最开始 the meaning seems to agree with "first go to work as sales clerk" – user6065 Aug 27 '18 at 23:11
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毕业之后最开始在一家房地产公司做销售员,底薪一千八

after I graduated I first went to work as sales staff at a real estate agency with a salary of 1,800

[在一家房地产公司] {做销售员} -> (went to) {work as sales staff} [at a real estate agency].

  • Thanks! I didn't know "做" means to work. Did the "在一家房地产公司" come first because in Chinese the location needs to be written first ? – Cheeseu Aug 27 '18 at 23:37
  • @Cheeseu, yes, that's kind of convention of Chinese sentence ordering. Eg. 我在中国工作. 我工作在中国 is not natural, but understandable. – dan Aug 27 '18 at 23:52
  • "after I graduated I (first ) went ... " = "我毕业之后(首先)..." – Tang Ho Aug 28 '18 at 0:07
  • @TangHo, I noticed that it's a loose translation. I was just trying to get OP out of his confusion. On the other hand, I think the original translation is ok, but certainly has a room for improvement. – dan Aug 28 '18 at 0:17
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[毕业之后] = After graduated

[最开始] = at the very beginning /in the initial stages (of my career)

[在一家房地产公司做销售员] = I worked as a sales staff in a real estate agency

[底薪一千八] = with base salary of 1,800 (I am sure his main income was commissions)

  • "毕业之后在一家房地产公司做销售员" is already a complete sentence. "最开始" is a relative phrase that give us additional information, pinpointing the exact time - 'at the very beginning'

  • 做 here means "being/ assume the role of/ act as"

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