BBC News Review: Review of 2021 reviews

May 18, 2022

BBC News Review: Review of 2021
Rob and Roy look back at some of the most interesting stories that we’ve discussed on BBC News Review and revisit some of the vocabulary that was used. Will your favourite story be among them?

Related stories:
News Review: Harry and Meghan’s interview
News Review: Climate crisis: Last warning for humanity?
News Review: Abba – Pop superstars are back

Video chapters:
0:00​​​​​​​​​​ – Introduction
1:26 – Harry and Meghan’s interview
5:20 – Climate crisis: Last warning for humanity?
8:50 – Abba – Pop superstars are back
12:40 – Language summary

describes a shocking event or piece of news

a wake-up call
a shocking event which can cause changes in behaviour or attitude

damp squib
something less impressive than expected

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  1. Reply
    BBC Learning English May 18, 2022 at 11:37 am

    Happy New Year everyone! Which was your favourite News Review this year? You can check out lots of other episodes here:

  2. 5:45 Thank you for your programme! I’ve been listening to all episodes of News Review. I’m the only one who noticed Catherine had pronounced “UK” instead of “UP” when explaining the spell of “a wake-up call”, aren't I?

  3. Reply
    Muratcan Karakurt May 18, 2022 at 11:37 am

    The quiz was a bit of a damp squib since it has the same sentences in the video. I expected to see different examples there. This might be a wake-up call for you guys to review the quiz examples 😂

  4. Reply
    Angel Vicente Hernandez May 18, 2022 at 11:37 am

    Thanks to all of you teachers and the BBC for helping me and many others learning English in a easy way

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    Светлана Дуйсенгалиева May 18, 2022 at 11:37 am


  6. Happy new year! BBC News Review Team! Thank you so much for the lessons last year and the years in the past.
    There is nothing dump squib in your lessons xD
    Let's keep learning more fun, interesting, and useful vocab!

  7. thanks

  8. Thanks all of you for "Learning English" , it's really usefull for me.
    Wish you all and every the followers have a great year.

  9. I wish you the best as a result you are the best professional I've ever seen before. Saludos desde Peru

  10. I enjoyed this! Thank you very much. It was a wake-up call to practice my English. Take care! 😀

  11. Love your lessons in 2021. You are my lifesaver !

  12. I've been following BBC since 2011. You are a brilliant teachers.

  13. the best videos of the years

  14. Thank you

  15. A bunch of thanks👍👍👍👍👍🇺🇿🇺🇿🇺🇿🇺🇿

  16. Thanks…

  17. Thanks BBC

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    A Big hand to their devotion 👍👍👍👍

  19. So great! Thank you great teachers

  20. So grateful to your great work! Happy New Year 2022! ❤️🍾

  21. 👍🏻👍🏻

  22. Global covid-19 lockdown was a bombshell for many people. Many businesses shut down their businesses and millions of people lost their jobs. I liked the vocabulary expressions. Cheers from Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

  23. those teachers have super skills to teach for student.i lerned a lot thats why i saying .

  24. love Roy's smile…he's so funny

  25. Love your program! Thank you from China!

  26. Happy New Year🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹


  28. Reply
    Christine Geißler May 18, 2022 at 11:37 am

    Damp squib = feuchte Zündkerze

  29. Reply
    Александр Назарович May 18, 2022 at 11:37 am

    Happy new year

  30. BBC the best channel 👏

  31. Hello. May your dreams come true in 2022!

  32. Happy New Year boys

  33. Reply
    ポカのわたあめ May 18, 2022 at 11:37 am

    You two's smiling makes me really happy😊 I'm extremely looking forward to watching ur interesting videos in 2022!!

  34. Happy New Year. This year l will improve my English with the help of BBC learning English . Thank u.

  35. Wish you all happy new year

  36. Happy new year!

  37. Happy New Year 2022! Thank you a million for your great videos that were released during 2021. I hope to watch more interesting videos from BBC Learning English. 🎉🎉😍

  38. Happy New Year teachers!

  39. Hi team! Good review.
    So, Abba return was deemed as "damp squib"? Do you remember any "revival" that came up with good hits as they did in the past? Quoting a famous brazilian singer called Rita Lee, an ex-member of the successful trailblazing rock band Mutantes from the end of the 60's (those times of counterculture), when people would push her to make a revival with Mutantes: "revival is a bunch of elderly trying to make some money to pay for a geriatrician". Rude, isn't it? But, it's the truth.

    Thank you!

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    Md. Musharraf Hossain May 18, 2022 at 11:37 am

    Happy new year BBC, English learning, From Bangladesh

  41. 4 It was destroyed, the earth fell; got sick, the world fell; the high peoples of the earth have sickened. 5 And the land was polluted under its inhabitants; because they transgressed the laws, they falsified the law, they broke the everlasting covenant. 6 For this reason the curse consumed the land, and its inhabitants were laid waste; for this cause the inhabitants of the earth were consumed, and men were diminished.
    7 The wine is lost, the vine is sickened, all who were merry in heart groaned.
    8 The rejoicing of the tambourines has ceased, the noise of those rejoicing has ceased, the joy of the harp has ceased.
    9 They will not drink wine with singing; cider will be bitter to those who drink it.
    10 The city is broken by vanity; Every house has been closed, so that no one can enter.
    11 There are cries for lack of wine in the streets; all joy was darkened, joy was banished from the earth.
    12 The city was desolate, and the gate was broken down with ruin.
    13 For so it shall be in the midst of the earth, in the midst of the peoples, like a shaken olive tree, like gleanings after the harvest.
    Isaiah 24: 4-13.

    6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; See that you are not disturbed, because it is necessary that all this happens; but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be plagues, and famines, and earthquakes in different places. 8 And all this will be the beginning of pain. Matthew 24: 6-8 JESUS.

    26 “Just as it happened in the time of Noah, so it will also be when the Son of man comes. 27 They ate, they drank, and they married and gave in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark; then the flood came and destroyed them all.
    28 “The same thing happened in Lot's time: they ate and drank, bought and sold, sowed and built. 29 But on the day that Lot left '' "'(Sodom)"' '', it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.
    30 “So it will be on the day the Son of man is revealed. Luke 17: 26-30 JESUS

    9 And when you hear of wars and seditions (protests against their rulers), do not be alarmed; because it is necessary that these things happen first; but the end will not be immediately. 10 Then he said to them: Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; 11 and there will be great earthquakes, and in different places famines and pestilences; and there will be terror and great signs from heaven.
    Luke 21: 7-11

    12 and because wickedness has multiplied, the love of many will grow cold.
    13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world, for a witness to all nations; And then the end will come. Matthew 24: 12-14

    22 And if those days were not shortened, no one would be saved; but because of the elect, those days will be shortened. Matthew 24:22 JESUS

    8 But God shows his love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ JESUS ​​died for us.
    9 For much more, being justified by his blood, by him we will be saved from wrath.
    10 For if, being enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we will be saved by his life. Romans 5: 8-10

    16 “Because God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son (JESUS), so that everyone who believes in him may not perish, but may have eternal life. John 3:16

    18 Come quickly, says the Lord, and let us be aware: if your sins are like scarlet, they will be white like snow; if they are red like crimson, they will become like white wool. Isaiah 1:18

    9 that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
    10 For with the heart it is believed for righteousness, but with the mouth it is confessed for salvation.
    Romans 10: 9-10
    –23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

    12 And in no other is there salvation; for there is no other name under heaven, given to men, by which we can be saved. Acts 4: 11-12

    10 so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth;
    11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2: 10-11

    12 But to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God; John 1:12

    6 Jesus said to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me. John 14: 6

    23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth; because the Father also seeks such worshipers to be adored.
    24 God is Spirit; and those who adore him, in spirit and in truth it is necessary that they adore.
    John 4: 23-24
    27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you; I don't give it to you like the world gives it. Not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27
    There is power in THE NAME OF JESUS.

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  44. Happy New Year to all BBC Staff 😍😍

  45. Reply
    Himara MOHAMAD LOPEZ May 18, 2022 at 11:37 am

    I would like that everybody speak ENGLISH like You. Thanks.

  46. Reply
    Link to a failures a weaknesses & an unsuccessful May 18, 2022 at 11:37 am

    Roy I wish I could meet you some one day

  47. Reply
    Олег Назаренко May 18, 2022 at 11:37 am

    Gays I am very happy you come back 😊😊😊

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