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I decided to make medicine my vocation.

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Dejo Dejo October 13, 2010 October 13, 2010 at 3:50:12 PM UTC link Permalink

The English is perfect, admittedly a bit literary. "Vocation" is actually the precise translation for the German "Beruf" You have the root "vocare" -to call like the german "rufen".
The sense here is that "Er fühlte sich zur Medizin berufen".

mrtaistoi mrtaistoi May 26, 2013 May 26, 2013 at 11:53:10 AM UTC link Permalink

rather "Berufung"

al_ex_an_der al_ex_an_der May 26, 2013 May 26, 2013 at 12:42:01 PM UTC link Permalink

Yet "Berufung" is something, that exists independent from my will. In German we can say "Ich mache etwas zu meinem Beruf", but we can't say "Ich mache etwas zu meiner Berufung". We say for example: "XXX ist meine Berufung." or "Ich sehe meine Berufung darin," (dies und das zu tun).
Conclusion "vocation" may be translated by "Berufung", but not in the above sentence, where the translation hast to be "Beruf".
Nevertheless Dejo is completely right, when he is using "Berufung" to derive the meaning of "Beruf".

Dejo Dejo May 26, 2013 May 26, 2013 at 4:39:01 PM UTC link Permalink

It turns out that "vocation" has 2 meanings: 1. a calling, 2. the occupation itself.
vo·ca·tion
/vōˈkāSHən/
Noun
A strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation.
A person's employment or main occupation, esp. regarded as particularly worthy and requiring great dedication.
Synonyms
calling - profession - occupation - trade - metier

I conclude that the above sentence is correct, although I would have said "profession".

[Putting the Japanese sentence through Google translate gives you " I decided to be a doctor."

Dejo Dejo May 26, 2013 May 26, 2013 at 4:40:14 PM UTC link Permalink

You might also note that Zifre is a native speaker of English:)