Success & Failure Idioms

Step 1

Study the power point to get to know this week’s idioms.

Step 2

Listen to the dialogue for better understanding and pronunciation.

Step 3

Read the following dialogue to see the idioms in context:

Ben:So, how are your exams going?
Maria:I have to admit they are going really well. I studied most of the material as part of my university program few years ago. Now, I just brushed up on it and aced the exams. What’s new with you?
Ben:Well, I am finally done with my studies, and l am looking for a job in my field. I am trying to get my foot in the door, hopefully it’ll be easier with my certificate.
Maria:Good luck with your job search! It might be tough in the beginning, but eventually all your hard work will bear fruit!
Ben:I hope so, too. You know, I have one company in mind and their work really appeals to me, but they don’t have any openings now.
Maria:If you are sure it is the right place for you, then you should contact them! In case they have an opportunity coming up, you don’t want to let it slip through your fingers!
Ben:Oh, I actually contacted them and asked for an informational interview.
Maria:Perfect, so how did it go?
Ben:The manager was impressed with all I knew about their business and promised to stay in touch. I don’t want to count chickens before they hatch, but I do have a good feeling about it.
Maria:Let’s hope for the better! You certainly don’t want to go back to square one with all your efforts…

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Use one of the idioms introduced in this topic that matches the context of a sentence.

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