English Express | Success and Failure Expressions


Learn very useful expressions you can use to talk about success and failure in a new English Express episode—a podcast from English Plus Podcast Network.

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Welcome to a new English Express episode. In this episode, we will talk about ways to express success and failure in English, you can find the transcript on my website English plus podcast.com. And better yet, if you are a patron, you will get exclusive Episodes Series and resources to take your English and learning to the next level. You can find the links in the description of the episode. And now without further ado, let’s talk about different ways you can express yourself in English to talk about success and failure.

So first, let’s talk about when things go well. What expressions can we use to talk about success or when things go? Well, we can say something makes all the difference to something or just something makes all the difference. That means it has a very good effect on a situation or a thing, this thing you did makes all the difference. That’s the very good effect, it is a success. So remember, the expression is makes all the difference. Or we can say something works or goes or runs like a dream. That means works goes or runs very well indeed, or we can say works like magic. It works immediately. And very well. Indeed, we use that a lot for medicine. Sometimes it works like magic, I had a splitting headache. And when I took this medicine, whatever it is, it worked like magic, it worked immediately and very well indeed. But of course you can use it for other things as well. Or when you want to talk about something that keeps getting better and better. You can say this thing ever it is again, you fill in the blanks goes from strength to strength, that means it keeps getting better and better. Now sometimes you have a problem and you’re looking for a solution. You try different things, none of them work, etcetera, until you do something. And this thing solves the problem very well. What is the expression you can use to express this idea, you can say this thing does the trick. It does the trick. when something does the trick, that means it solves the problem very well. So another successful thing, another way to express success. So again, quickly remember those expressions makes all the difference works goes or runs like a dream, or works like magic goes from strength to strength and does the trick you can use these expressions to talk about success. But as I promised you we’re not going to express success. In this episode, we’re going also to express failure, because failure is also part of success. So we need to learn expressions we can use to express failure as well. What if we talking about some success, but this success has negative effects, as well as or instead of positive ones. There’s a very interesting expression we can use. Here we can say someone or actually we can say also something but let’s stick to someone someone is a victim of their own success. That means this success has negative effects as well as or even instead of those positive ones. So I wouldn’t call that a success. It is kind of a failure because it has more negative effects than positive effects. So the expression again, someone is a victim of their own success. Or again, you can say something is a victim of its own success, but we usually use it for people what if we want to talk about someone and his or her chances to achieve something and if we want to say they have no chance at all, we can say someone doesn’t have the ghost of a chance. Or of course, we can simply say doesn’t have a chance. But here because this is an expression, right? So we need something different, we can say doesn’t have the ghost of a chance of doing that thing. And what if someone stops working are stops trying to succeed because they know they will not succeed? What do we say that we can say someone gives up the ghost. So we’re still talking about ghosts here, right? Someone gives up the ghost. If you give up the ghost that means you stop working or trying to succeed at something because you know you will not and that’s a very bad thing because guess what success is just around the corner. Just keep trying a little bit more and you’ll get it and finally what if something has an effect and usually we’re talking about a negative effect that changes someone forever. Now of course we can use it for things but I’m trying to focus more on people so someone let’s stick to someone here. We can say that this thing left its mark on this person, whatever this accident or this incident doesn’t have to be an accident or something or even someone leave their mark or its mark on someone that means they have a lasting negative effect. So again, you can talk about someone being the victim of their own success, someone doesn’t have the ghost of a chance someone gives up the ghost or something leaves its mark on someone. These are expressions we use to talk about failures. And with that we come to the end of this episode and that was everything I wanted to share with you in this English Express episode. Don’t forget to visit my website English plus podcast.com. And check on the great learning opportunities you can find there. There’s the activity center with daily fun activities, quizzes and logic and math puzzles. And if you decide to become a patron on Patreon, there is a lot more available only to patrons like exclusive audio series, English plus magazine among many more benefits you get when you become a patron. All the links you need are in the description of the episode. So what are you waiting for? Take your English and learning to the next level and never stop learning with English plus podcast.com. Thank you very much for listening to this episode. This is your host Danny I will see you next time.

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