English 10 | Unit 1: A Day in Your Life / Family Life | Lesson 1: Getting Started

Chào đón các em học sinh đến với trang mục Bài Soạn và Trợ Giảng dành cho lớp 10, hệ 7 năm (seven-year syllabus) cũng như 10 năm (ten-year syllabus)!

Trọng tâm gồm những phần sau: Topic-specific Vocabulary, Use of Present Simple & Present Progressive, Talking about Daily Life, Discussing Family Life, Expanding Ideas, Tips on Learning Word Definitions and Collocations in English.



Do you get up early? What’s the first thing you do? Spare a moment of meditation or thanksgiving, dành giây lát thiền định hay tạ ơn? Plan the day, deciding what to do and who to meet? Time to work out or exercise? Have a wash or a lukewarm shower? Browse through the news pages, rảo qua các trang báo mạng / Take a sip of morning tea or coffee, nhấm nháp trà hay cà phê sáng / Have time for breakfast? Get packed for school / work, chuẩn bị hành trang đi học? The morning tasks? How do you spend lunch time? The afternoon work? After school /class? How do you spend the evening? What about a typical weekend?


It is a small family of five. I live with four other family members. We care for one another, chăm sóc quan tâm đến nhau, but we respect self-discipline, tôn trọng sự tự giác, privacy and independence. We value duty sharing, trân trọng sự chia sẻ phân nhiệm. It’s a good way to show our care for others. In tradition, mothers are homemakers while fathers are breadwinners. However, our family is a bit different. Both parents work and contribute to the finances. They are equal life partners, bạn đời bình đẳng, holding hands to overcome difficulties and obstacles, vượt qua khó khăn trở ngại, on the journey of life. Parents look after children. Children look up to parents, kính trọng bố mẹ, listening to them and taking their advice.



Hãy nói về tập quán hàng ngày của bạn với những từ ngữ dưới đây. Dùng thì hiện tại đơn, khẳng định hay phủ định.


I live a simple lifestyle of ‘Early to bed and Early to rise.’

I hardly ever change the morning routine, getting ready for the day ahead  .

I usually read a morning newspaper over a cup of tea.

Sometimes I watch the morning news on telly with a cup of coffee.

It normally takes me an hour to get ready for the day’s work.

I am used to taking my time preparing for the day at work / at school.


Leave home for work at 6.30 / Get to work at 6.45

Start work at 7.15 / Take a break / a short rest at 9.30

Go back to work again / Have a 30-minute lunch break

Resume the afternoon work / Finish work for the day at 5.00

Do homework with my Math tutor / Have an extra English class

Do some odd jobs around the house / Help with some household chores

Get around 30 minutes to relax / Browse my Facebook pages

Check out several YouTube videos / Answer several email or text messages

Stay out late / Stay up late / Sleep late the next morning


Chủ đề CUỘC SỐNG GIA ĐÌNH. Đọc văn cảnh, học từ vựng in đậm theo chủ đề.

Uncle Long asks Nam’s father out (mời rủ đi chơi) for a game of tennis, but he can’t. He’s preparing dinner (chuẩn bị bữa tối) while Nam’s mother is working out late (đi làm về trễ) today. She usually does the cooking (nấu ăn) and Nam and his sister help with the housework (phụ giúp việc nhà). They divide or split household chores (san sẻ việc nội trợ) equally among themselves: shopping for groceries (đi chợ mua thực phẩm), doing the laundry and the washing up (giặt đồ và rửa chén), taking out the rubbish (đổ rác) and a lot more. Things are different in Uncle Long’s family. He is the breadwinner, responsible for the household finances (người kiếm cơm, lo tài chính gia đình). Whereas, his wife is the homemaker, who handles most of the chores (nội tướng, một tay quản việc nội trợ) around the house.



1. Làm việc nội trợ:

do the washing / do the laundry

do the washing-up / wash up / wash the dishes

do the grocery shopping / do the cleaning

shop for grocery / shop for stuff

do the shopping / go to the shops

do the ironing / make the bed

dust the furniture / tidy up the rooms

water the house plants

2. Cùng sẻ chia, gánh vác:

share the housework

take care of the pet dogs / cats

divide the household chores

lay the table before dinner

clear up the table after dinner

split the household duties equally

do the repairs / fix up something

do the gardening / work around the house

3. Làm việc lặt vặt khác:

take out the trash / Take out the rubbish

clean up the kitchen / tidy up the bedroom

do the heavy lifting : khiêng vác nặng

run the errands: chạy việc vặt

do odd jobs around the house: làm việc lặt vặt ở nhà

tidy things away: dọn dẹp ngăn nắp

clear the mess: dọn dẹp bề bộn

3. Vai trò trong gia đình/ Family roles:

the breadwinner / the provider: người kiếm cơm

the homemaker / the housewife: nữ nội tướng

the housemaid / the cleaner: chị phụ việc, cô vệ sinh

Men build the house and women make it home. (Proverb: Đàn ông dựng nhà, đàn bà xây tổ ấm)

housewife / househusband: người nội trợ

carer / caretaker for grannies: người chăm sóc

budget the finances: lập kế hoạch chi tiêu

pay the household bills: chi trả hóa đơn hàng tháng

4. Học từ vựng qua định nghĩa đơn ngữ:

Đây là cách học cơ bản nhất giúp học sinh hiểu đúng nội hàm từ để diễn đạt.

Hôm nay các em học cách định nghĩa danh từ trong tiếng Anh.


Chore refers to a routine task, especially a household one.

A chore is a routine task or a piece of housework you do regularly in the house.

Hãy dùng động từ ‘refers to’ để nói danh xưng nào đó ý chỉ đến việc gì.

Bạn có thể dùng động từ to be ‘is’ để nói một vật, người hay danh từ nào đó là gì.

Qua định nghĩa học sinh được học thêm các từ liên can mô tả đặc tính của sự việc:

Các từ ‘household,’ ‘housework,’ ‘regularly’ và ‘routine’ mô tả đặc tính của ‘chores’. Household, housework, regularly and routine’ are all associated with chores.


1. Present Simple: Daily Routines vs. Present Continuous: At-the-moment Jobs

2. Examples:

Every day, Ms. Hằng does most of the housework, but today is Mother’s Day. She isn’t doing any housework. Her husband and the children are doing it for her. Tomorrow she will do most of the chores as usual.2. Examples:

Normally I take the train to school, but now I am riding my scooter. I always feel safe on the train, but at the moment I am getting a bit nervous about my safety.

3. Grammar in Use:

Các em hãy tập nói câu ghép ứng dụng: “Thông thường + HT đơn, nhưng lúc này đây + HT tiếp diễn”. Ngoài ra luôn để ý yếu tố thời gian ‘thông thường’ hay ‘tiếp diễn’ để lựa chọn diễn đạt phù hợp. Sau đây là các yếu tố thời gian ‘thông thường’ cho thì hiện tại đơn:

When I have time, …              

Whenever I feel depressed, …

Every now and then …                       

Once or twice a week …

After dinner I usually …

Sometimes I …

I hardly ever …

Occasionally we …

On the weekend / normally

More often than not / Every so often …

Ex. More often than not we go out for breakfast, but today we are eating at home.

Ex. I hardly ever go to the beach, but today I am spending time with friends by the sea.


You may find the following expressions useful. If so, learn them first in collocations. Observe the topic and work out the meaning of the expressions under each topic. Practice using them by asking yourself sensible questions like Who’s responsible for the family finances?’, ‘Do you help out in some way?’

1. For a happy family:

be responsible for the finances

try to help out

the rest of the family

relationships within the family

do well at school

tend to be overall good

care about someone

contribute to the family

be vulnerable to illness

work together on household chores

create a positive atmosphere

set a good example, be a role model

2. My daily routine:

usually get up early

sometimes sleep late

start the day by taking a leisurely walk

begin my day with a few minutes of meditation

a good way to set the tone for the day

a healthy way to get the day started

take a brisk walk

go jogging to keep fit

stay healthy first

keep fit later

plan your work well in advance

to avoid getting stressed

never get too excited about anything

take time to get things done

never push yourself too hard

avoid doing things hurriedly

3. For gender equality: bình đẳng giới

similar roles

different roles

contribute to something

have equal chances

chances for recreation

chances of happiness

become similar

become alike

4. Many hands make light work: chung tay công việc trở nên nhẹ nhàng

a family of four

my elder sister and I

spend most of one’s time somewhere

spend time doing sth

do most of the cooking

help with the washing

being the eldest child

as the eldest child

take up a large share

my responsibilities include …

take turns doing sth

lay the table for meals

clear the table after meals

do one’s share of work willingly

everyone contributes, …

If everyone gives a hand, …

look after oneself

care for other members

5. Families in Vietnam:

household finances

financial burden         


join hands to do sth


family provider

single-parent home



support groups

nuclear family

extended family

elderly parents

ungrateful children


1. Your school schedule:

What classes do you have on Monday?

→ I have Math, Biology and Literature.

When do you have P.E (Physical Education)?

→ I have P.E. twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday.

2. Your daily routine:


Every morning I get up at …, early enough to get ready for the day’s work.

First of all I usually … It’s a good way to start the day.

Then I have a big breakfast at around …Breakfast should be the biggest of all.

After breakfast, …

By lunch time, I have finished …

For lunch I normally … Then we have a short break for about … minutes.

After lunch … try to finish work by 4.30 … get home around … First thing: a shower

A small dinner / a light meal … After dinner … Time for relaxation & entertainment

Sometimes I go out with … for a coffee. But usually / get home before 10.00.

Time for news update & socialisation on Facebook

3. Chores I like:



(1) What household chores do you do every day?

(2) Which of the chores do you like doing the most?

(3) What do you like about it?

(4) Which of the chores do you dislike the most? Why?


(1) I try to share the housework. I help keep the house clean and tidy.

I feel like finding things fresh and clean at home.

(2) I also help with the gardening like watering plants and trimming branches.

I love greenery and so our place should be clean and fresh all the time.

(3) But the chore I like doing the most is the laundry.

It feels like recycling old clothes into new ones. The washing machine does it all. I just load and unload the washing compartment. Then your clothes keep looking new and fresh and smelling fragrant.

(4) One thing I never enjoy doing is taking out the household trash. I can’t stand the sight of garbage and the STINKING smell of rotten leftover odds and ends.

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