Podcast: Idioms com FOOT – Inglês Online

Podcast: Idioms com FOOT

By Ana | Podcast Inglês Online

Jul 12
Inglês - Podcast Idioms com FOOT

Hi, all. No episódio de hoje, falo sobre dois idioms do inglês com a palavra foot. Como você diria esses idioms em português?


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So let’s start with a very nice idiom: shoot yourself in the foot. Again: shoot yourself in the foot. What does shoot mean? Well, when you have a fire weapon and you use the weapon to shoot something or someone, you’re gonna hurt or maybe even kill your target, right? So think about this idiom: shoot yourself in the foot. That’s when you do or say something that, in the end, will cause you problems. Or maybe it will put you in a position of disadvantage.

Here’s an example: I read an article the other day with tips for job interviews that stated that not being prepared to talk about your skills and strengths is a surefire way to shoot yourself in the foot. What does that mean? It means that if you go to a job interview, you should probably be able to explain to the interviewer what your skills are, the things you’re good at; you should be able to talk about your strengths, the things you do best. The author of the article thinks that going into an interview unprepared is shooting yourself in the foot. The interviewer will probably ask you to talk about your skills and strengths. If you’re unprepared; if you didn’t take the time to think what your skills and strengths are, there’s a good chance your answer to that question will not be a good one, and it may hurt your chances of getting the job. And this is something you could have worked on; you could have prepared. So by not getting prepared, you’re shooting yourself in the foot. You’re shooting yourself in the foot.

Another job example: So let’s say you went to the interview and got the job. So you start at the new office and on your second day you’re late. Like, thirty minutes late for a meeting. Then while you’re in the meeting you’re texting your friends and not really listening to what’s being said. You’re totally shooting yourself in the foot with such behavior. You’re doing things that will hurt your chances of being successful at the new job. You got the new job, you succeeded at the interview – that’s great! But now you’re being careless; you’re not being professional by being late and not paying attention in the meeting and that’s likely to have consequences… Bad ones. You’re shooting yourself in the foot.

And here’s another good one with the word foot: put your best foot forward. When you put your best foot forward, you’re trying to make a good impression. You’re trying to act your best. Plain and simple, you’re acting in a way that hopefully will cause other people to have a good opinion of you. In what situations do people usually put their best foot forward? When they want to impress someone. In a job interview. When they go on a date. When they’re on TV, maybe. When they’re going to meet someone whose opinion they value, for example.

Tell me: When is it that you put your best foot forward? Let me know in the comments and talk to you next time.



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a surefire way = um jeito certeiro, garantia ( de algo acontecer)

  • Jeane says:

    Hi Ana! Well, I put my best foot forward in my studies, now it’s vey important to me be successful.
    Ana, Am I correct when say: “I’m putting my best forward studing.”?

  • Junior Sousa says:

    Hello Ann!
    I put my best foot forward in the university because my course needs much dedication, and what if i don’t making effort i will flunk. To make a good impression to the teachers are a great idea, mainly when you know that one of them may indicate you for a Traineeship.

    • Ana Luiza says:

      Hey, Junior!
      Lembre-se q best foot forward está ligado a causar boa impressão. No caso de ir bem no curso, seria algo mais relacionado a se esforçar nos estudos, não?

  • Júlia says:

    Hi Ana, your podcasts are really good. I always learn a lot.


  • Rickazon says:

    Sometimes its better dont go shooting your mouth off or else you probably end up shooting yourself in the foot…sometimes the silence its better..hehe
    And it is very important to put your best foot foward whenever you start something new….after all the first impression count.
    Hi Anna ive been following you for years…stopped a months ago.but since i will travel to san francisco i decided to start all over this time i hope i wont stop….the first thing i did was read your posts and download your podcasts , and its helped me a lot…thanks

  • Debora says:

    Hi Ana! You are great, I love the way you write your podcast and I always search for news things here. But, as you changed the way you post your podcast, I can’t find your old podcasts. How can I find it? Thank you!

    • Ana Luiza says:

      Hi Debora!

      Vá no fim de cada transcrição e clique em FILED UNDER: PODCAST INGLESONLINE que vc consegue ver o arquivo com todos.

      What have I changed? Let me know, please.

  • jonata fontela says:

    Hey Ana,how’s it going?! I can remember two situations where I put my best foot forward, when I started my new job and when I started to take an English course in the beginning of this year,I put my best foot forward because I wanted to cause people to have a good impression of me :D

  • Hello Ann!
    This is my example: “I always like to put my best foot forward the things I do, not to impress anybody but satisfy myself; because I always like to give my best when I can.”

    Thanks Ann once more for your patience in giving us your podcasts, I can see that you put your best foot forward the things you do.

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