“What is Success?”



Pre-Listening Question

How do you define success in your personal, educational, and professional life?

Vocabulary and Expressions

Here are some words and expressions that appear in the video:

live paycheck to paycheck (idiom): spend all of one’s money before the next time you are paid
– Life is very difficult for our family right now because we are living paycheck to paycheck, and we never have money to spend on extra activities.

ensure (verb): makes sure of something
– We have to ensure that our kids have what they need at school to succeed in the future.

come across something (verb): find something by chance
– I came across an interesting Web site on creating successful businesses in today’s world.

Listening Comprehension Questions

Now, watch the interview and answer the comprehension questions. You can also turn on the automatically-generated captions for the video once you start it.

Conversation Questions

How do you define success in these cases? What criteria do you use to arrive at this definition?

  1. a successful family
  2. a successful job interview
  3. a successful marriage
  4. a successful date
  5. a successful business
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