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    A drivers license and a driving licence how about cooking/teaching?

    Hi, would you tell me please

    You say a drivers license in American English and a driving licence in British English, but what about other licenses, for example, a cooking license and a teaching license?

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    Re: A drivers license and a driving licence how about cooking/teaching?

    In BrE, I'd use -ing licence

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    Re: A drivers license and a driving licence how about cooking/teaching?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    In BrE, I'd use -ing licence
    ... when there isn't just a plain noun: 'a dog licence', a 'TV licence'

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    Re: A drivers license and a driving licence how about cooking/teaching?

    Thank you, Tdol and BobK!
    Now it's clear about BrE.

    How about AmE?
    If it is same as "a driver's license", it would be "a teacher's license" and "a cook's license".
    But when I searched Google (with "license" not "licence"), I got more "teaching license" than "teacher's license".
    Does it mean "...er's license" is not always the rule for AmE?

    As for cooking...I got only a small number of Google hits.
    Is it because you use "certificate" instead?

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    Re: A drivers license and a driving licence how about cooking/teaching?

    Afterhought re cooking: Is there a licence for that? I'd expect them to be registered somewhere. Similarly, you get a registered plumber/child-minder/au pair etc.

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    Re: A drivers license and a driving licence how about cooking/teaching?

    Oh, don't you have a license to cook in UK?
    We have it in Japan.
    To get a license to cook, we have to either go to a cooking college designated by the Japanese Minister of Health, Labor, and Welfare for a year or more, or pass a national exam after a two-year or more experience of cooking as a job at a place where you cook for many people.
    (But you can work as a cook without a licence.)

    So, you don't say "a cooking licence" in BrE, do you?
    Thank you for your additional infomation, BobK!

    I'm waiting for a reply from an American, too

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    Oh yes - cooks have to pass exams and get various certificates and diplomas, it's just not normal to call them licensed. They're registered, or more generally just "qualified".

    It's still a bit early for the Americans; I'm sure they'll be here ine a minute.

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    Re: A drivers license and a driving licence how about cooking/teaching?

    :::: yawning and stretching :::: Just waking up Stateside...

    We call it a "driver's license." The requirements for teachers vary from state to state; at least a four-year college degree is required, and then most states also require you to pass a certification exam. Here's where it gets a little complicated...in many cases, it's referred to as a "teaching certificate": "I'm studying for my teaching certificate" or "The exam for the teaching certificate is scheduled for 11:00." However, a person that passes the exam now has a "teacher's certificate."

    There is really no such thing as a "cooking license" in the US; if you want to be a cook at Joe's Beanery, no particular education is necessary - all you need is some experience. However, if you want to be a chef, sous chef or pastry chef at an upscale restaurant, you'll need to be certified (again, a certain amount of education is required, as well as passing an exam). In this case, it would be called a "Chef's Degree" or "Chef's Certification."

    There are instances in the US when we use the " - ing license" phraseology...for example, in most areas you need a hunting license or a fishing license before you can do either. One needs a license in order to cut or style hair, and that is called a "cosmetology license."

    One last thing...BobK mentioned a TV license; that is something unique to the United Kingdom (I believe); in the US, you don't need any sort of license for your television.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    ...One last thing...BobK mentioned a TV license; that is something unique to the United Kingdom (I believe); in the US, you don't need any sort of license for your television.
    Yes, it pays (in part) for the BBC. This gives rise to the ridiculous situation that people who watch only commercial TV have to subsidize public broadcasting. And the way the licensing system works (with a computerized database of who owns a TV), anyone who buys a TV and just watches DVDs on it has to prove - I don't know how - that a licence isn't needed. A friend of mine who had thrown his TV out kept getting letters from the licensing people asking why he didn't have one. (I think this calls for a tea-party of some sort )

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    (I think this calls for a tea-party of some sort )




    In the US, public broadcasting is paid for via endless fundraisers and pledge drives. If you ever attempt to watch a show on PBS (Public Broadcasting System), you'll find that it is usually surrounded by 15 minutes or so of telethon-style folks pleading for you to call in and donate money.

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