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by Peter Nicholas Liptak, Matthew Douma, Jay Douma

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Idiom Attack 2 - Doing Business (Simplified Chinese Edition)

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English Idioms for ESL Learners: With 300+ Idioms in 25 Themed Chapters

Are you confused by common sayings in the English language? Discover the hidden meanings of English idioms to help you communicate with confidence.

Are you worried that you’re missing out on the conversation? Do you want to strengthen your English language skills? As ESL educators, Peter Liptak, Matthew Douma, and Jay Douma have decades of teaching experience across the world. After helping classrooms full of students navigate the treacherous waters of the English language, they’ve created a series of books to help you too!

Idiom Attack: Doing Business (Simplified Chinese Edition)

is a densely-packed resource that contains 300+ of the most common and relevant idioms for living, loving and doing business in North America in both English and Simplified Chinese. Through Idiom Attack, you’ll discover definitions, contextualized examples, and practice questions. Before you know it, you’ll be using English language idioms in your own everyday conversations like a native English speaker and impressing people with your business English.

In Idiom Attack, you’ll discover:

  • The three-step training process will help you quickly learn new concepts in English with translations in Simplified Chinese
  • Easy-to-follow sections are separated by topic to help you find exactly what you’re looking for
  • Clear meme-like illustrations help boost your memorization of idioms and their usage
  • Convenient stories, crosswords, and fill-in-the-blank worksheets at the end of each chapter improve your English retention and conversational abilities
  • A collection of idioms commonly found in the workplace, and much, much more!

Idiom Attack is a must-have tool for ESL learners at intermediate and advanced levels. If you like easy-to-use guides, multi-format approaches to learning, and expert advice, then you’ll love Peter Liptak, Matthew Douma, and Jay Douma’s in-depth look at American idioms.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936342402
Publisher: Exile Press
Publication date: 04/05/2012
Series: Idiom Attack , #2
Edition description: (sim. Chinese Edition) ed.
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

A born-and-bred mid-western boy, Peter Liptak is a poet, world traveler and lover of language. Unlike most English majors, he actually made use of his degree teaching English to children and adults in South Korea for the last 20 years, as a private tutor, preschool teacher, and adjunct at Incheon University.
While teaching and writing in Seoul, Peter completed a Master's in Korean History, and using Korea as a source of inspiration, linguistic and otherwise, penned several books including the controversial book of Korean Slang: As much as a Rat's Tail, translated the scathing graphic novel The Great Successor Kim Jong Un: a Political Cartoon, and created the Idiom Attack series.
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Matthew Douma grew up in a small rural town in Southern Canada. Ever since his early childhood years, Matthew has had a deep interest in Asia and made his first visit when he was just fifteen years old. As an avid outdoorsman and adventurer, Matthew enjoys sports of all sorts including Taekwondo. Matthew also has a passion for mountain climbing, sailing and writing as hobbies. Residing in Seoul with his lovely wife Sun Hee and daughter Ennik, he works as an English education consultant and author of English educational material.

An elementary school teacher since 1999, Jay enjoys writing stories and collaborating with his brother on creative projects. Currently teaching grade five and physical education in Ontario, Canada, Jay enjoys spending time with his wife Christa and daughter Emma at their home on Lake Erie when not working.

Table of Contents

1 On the Job

earn a living

do for a living

white-collar job

blue-collar job

clock in

put in

call it quits

open up shop

graveyard shift

get off

close up shop

get fired

work like a dog



get laid off

2 The Job Market

working stiff

put in for

on the job


do business

set up shop

stay afloat

go under

lay off

go out of business

household name

in the market

on the market

go on strike

3 The Rat Race

on the run

run in circles

on the move

rat race


in a rut

keep up with the Joneses

treading water

the same old grind

back to the salt mines

couch potato

creature comforts

4 Points in Time

from now on

from time to time

in a while

in time

over and over

for a while

for the time being

on time

one of these days

around the clock

for good

sooner or later

5 Making Progress

make headway

coming along

keep up

gain ground

so far, so good

fall behind

on a roll


gain steam

take shape

6 Production

made to order

crank out

go through

collect dust

off the rack

turn out

bring out

run low

cut down

pack rat

run out

use up

7 Getting it Going

inch along

on the fly

in a rush

be pressed for time

hurry up

step on it


get a move on

on the double

pick up

slow down

at a snail’s pace

spur of the moment

8 Delays, Interruptions and Waiting

sit on

put off

kill time

tied up

run late

hold on

put on the back burner

be held up

wait out

be with

9 The Numbers Game

all told

be left

pile up

come up short

or so

at least

at most

a number of

the lion’s share

in round numbers

a drop in the bucket

in its entirety

10 Money Matters

two bits

pay back

cash in

carry over payment

make out a check

bounce a check

wire money

on credit

redeem a coupon

take out

put aside

chip in

11 Money and Finances

save for a rainy day

be in the hole

be a steal

be broke

be a rip-off

get by

cost an arm and a leg

make ends meet

cut corners

do without

be on someone

come to

pay off

12 Reporting Information

what’s the scoop

spread the word

fill someone in

break the news


keep someone posted

catch up on

keep up on

hot off the press

fill out

13 Discussions at Meetings

touch on

cover ground

raise a question

go into

bring up

break in

cut someone off

speak up

kick around

not get a word in edgewise

go off on a tangent

14 Conversing and Communicating

hear from

in touch

get back to

talk someone’s ear off

talk a mile a minute

drop someone a line


touch base

stay in touch

get in touch with

spam mail

send off

15 Finding Solutions

work out

rack one’s brains

do the trick

two heads are better than one

nip something in the bud

take a different tack

as a last resort

quick fix

magic bullet

get to the bottom of

16 Power and Persuasion

throw one’s weight around

pull strings

run the show

run a tight ship

in hand

out of hand

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