Thứ Ba, 9 tháng 3, 2021

Talking about Job!

 Job vocabularies

1 - General vocabs

1. a regular job

2. a 9 to 5 job

3. commuter /kəˈmjuːtər/

4. employee /ɪmˈplɔɪiː/

5. employer /ɪmˈplɔɪər/

6. He took a job as a waiter

7. job

8. occupation /ˌɑːkjuˈpeɪʃn/

9. profession /prəˈfeʃn/

10. to earn one's living

11. to run a firm

12. trade /treɪd/

13. What do you do for a living?

14. worker

15. retire /rɪˈtaɪər/

16. to get paid

17. to promote /prəˈmoʊt/

2 - Application /ˌæplɪˈkeɪʃn/

1. application

2. application form

3. apprentice /əˈprentɪs/ = trainee /ˌtreɪˈniː/

4. apprenticeship /əˈprentɪʃɪp/

5. CV (curriculum vitae) /kəˈrɪkjələm/ / ˈviːtaɪ /

6. job interview /ˈɪntərvjuː/

7. skilled worker

8. to apply for a job

9. training

10. training course

11. vacancy /ˈveɪkənsi/

3 - Unemployment /ˌʌnɪmˈplɔɪmənt/

1. to be unemployed

2. to be out of work

3. to fire somebody

4. to sack somebody

5. to resign /rɪˈzaɪn/ - resignation (n)

6. to quit

7. unemployment benefit /ˈbenɪfɪt/

4 - Working hours, Pay

1. a full-time job

2. a part-time job

3. flexitime /ˈfleksitaɪm/

4. pay slip

5. salary /ˈsæləri/

6. to get a rise

7. to get a raise

8. to work in shifts /ʃɪft/ (morning shift, afternoon shift, night shift)

9. to work overtime (OT)

Talking more about your job!

Talking more about your job!

1 - Introducing your job

I’m a ...

I work in… (field = type of work)/ place/ department

I work for + company


I’m a marketing officer. I work in Saigon. I work for SuperStar Company.

I’m a freelancer and I work at home or anywhere I like.

I’m a teacher. I work in Phan Thiet and I work for Co Tu’s Homestay.

I’m a secretary. I work in Ha Noi and I work for Dragon Construction company.

2 - Describing your company/ co workers/ boss

a. My company is:

· Big/ small

· A/ an international/ German/ American/ Vietnamese company…


My company is quite big, it’s about 500 staff. It’s an American company and there’re 3 branches: the headquarter is in Texas, the second branch is in Saigon and the third branch is in Phan Thiet and we are going to open a new branch in Nha Trang soon.

b. What products/ services your company make/ sell/ organize/ produce?


We are making furniture like table, chair, sofa, bed and so on.

We are selling seafood like fish, prawn, crab, tuna and so on.

We are organizing the events like wedding, birthday, conference, meeting and so on…

c. How are your co workers/ colleagues/ boss/ manager/supervisor?

My co workers are:

1. Helpful

2. Useful

3. Friendly

4. Kind

5. Nice

6. Selfish

7. Unfriendly

8. Bad

9. Funny

10. Sociable…

Ex 1:

I really like my co workers because they are very friendly, helpful and funny. They are ready to help me when I need their help. We often eat out or go to the coffeeshop together, sometimes we travel to Da Lat or Nha Trang too. Everyone is very friendly and close like family members.


My co workers are not really friendly; however, I’m quite close to some of the people in the office and they are very nice. We often have lunch together or sometimes we also hang out after work or go shopping or go to the movie theater and so on.

My boss/ manager/ supervisor is:

1. Difficult

2. Demanding

3. Easy

4. Good

5. Bad

6. Hot tempered

7. Patient

8. Kind

9. Nice

10. Encouraging

11. Creative

12. Active

13. Boring

14. Talented

15. Generous

16. Biased


My boss is very difficult and demanding, but he/she’s quite talented, generous and encouraging. He helps me a lot in developing my negotiation skills with our business partners and I close more deals have more contracts.

3 - Describe your job in more details

I have to

I’m responsible for



As a director secretary; everyday, I start work at 8am. I have to check and reply emails. Then, I’m responsible for arranging all of the meetings for my boss. I also answer the phone/ talk on the phone with the business partners. I have to prepare documents and reports for my boss. Sometimes, I have meetings with my boss and different people from different departments like sales/ marketing/ customer service/ telesales/ finance/ IT and so on… I spend most of my time on translating the contracts/ documents from Vietnamese into English for my boss. I often finish work at 5pm, but sometimes there’s a lot of work, I have to work overtime and go home about 6pm.

4 - How you feel about your job

Do you like your job? why or why not

Yes – good/ interesting/ stimulating/ satisfying/ creative/ rewarding/ challenging

No – boring/ difficult/ exhausting/ thankless/ mind numbing/ dead-end/ soul destroying


I’m a fashion designer, i work in Venice, Italy. I work for Gucci. My company is very big and it’s an international company. I design clothes, shoes, hand bags, shoulder bags... My colleagues are very friendly and helpful, my boss is difficult but he’s very kind and good. I really like my job because its very interesting, creative and I can earn a lot of money from my job.

Practice talking about your job!

1. Introducing your job

2. Describe your company/ your co workers & your boss

3. Describe your job in more details

4. How do you feel about your job

5. Do you prefer a 9 to 5 job or a flexitime job?

6. What’s your dream job?

7. How much time do you spend on your work and study?

8. How much time do you spend on your life?

9. Are you happy with your job now? Why or why not?

10. If you have to choose between 2 jobs:

· The job - you don’t like but the salary is good

· The job - you like but the salary is low.


Spend time/ money on something/ doing something


I spend a lot of time on learning English

I spend a lot of my money on shopping

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