California Wildfires – News Review reviews

September 3, 2022



Wildfires are spreading across the US West Coast. They have left 33 confirmed dead and dozens of people missing in the states of California, Washington and Oregon. Georgina and Catherine look at the vocabulary in the news around this story.

Related materials:

State verbs and action verbs: https://bbc.in/3kkHQ9W
Australia fires: Farmers face losses: https://bit.ly/3mkUPdj

Video chapters
0:00 – Introduction
0:38 – The story
1:32- Headline 1: After 27 deaths in last week, West Cost firefighters brace again for tough conditions
4:06 – Headline 2: How climate change is fueling record-breaking California wildfires, heat and smog
6:16 – Headline 3: ‘It Is Apocalyptic’: Fear and Destruction Grip the West Coast
8:54 – Language summary

The Story

More people have died and thousands of others have had to abandon their homes as wildfires keep spreading across the West Coast of America.

There are 33 confirmed deaths and dozens of people are missing in the states of California, Washington and Oregon.

Vocabulary
brace
get ready physically or mentally for something bad

* I braced myself for lots of job rejections but got offered the first one.
* The weather was freezing so we braced ourselves before we opened the door.

smog
type of air pollution often found in cities that makes it difficult to breathe

* The smog is always worse in the summer.
* We were really lucky when we visited as the smog wasn’t bad.

grip
hold tightly

* The election gripped the nation.
* The film was gripping and I didn’t look away once.

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27 Comments
  1. Reply
    BBC Learning English September 3, 2022 at 7:47 am

    We hope you found that interesting! To learn more about 'state verbs and action verbs', visit our website: https://bbc.in/3kkHQ9W

  2. 🍕 She braced herself to hear bad news about her father.
    🍕 I am allergic to the smog of cigarettes. it will kill me.
    🍕 Take care! When you drive, the smog is always worse in the morning.
    🍕 Grib your language, don't talk with me in this way another time!

  3. it’s really a help full video. thank u

  4. Reply
    Marie Elaine Hinayon September 3, 2022 at 7:47 am

    It’s another fire season. It’s getting drier all the time and we’ve already had a bunch of fires this summer. Let’s share information and watch out for our community. I found a great resource to help all of us. Firemaps gives you a free home assessment that assigns you a risk score. Then you can use this to figure out the steps you can take to reduce your risk from wildfires by up to 90%. I figure we would all like to protect ourselves before even larger fires happen! Check it out and let me know what you think! It takes one minute to sign up.

    https://www.firemaps.co

  5. We want to see Georgina more please, she looks so talented

  6. Catherine looks like a Spanish fairy Ilove how she expresses herself and the joy she emanates

  7. Thank you ❤️❤️

  8. very Useful

  9. Really You have been abig help thanks its not enouph for you

  10. Catherine, you a so cool!!

  11. The videos like this one are really funny and helpful i appreciate your efforts and keep in the same path good luck

  12. Catherine is so cool!! 🙂 Love her ! Greetings!

  13. You Both are prettiest women i have ever seen
    Well done 👍

  14. Wonderful✨😍✨😍✨😍✨😍✨😍✨😍✨😍✨😍✨😍✨😍✨😍✨😍✨😍✨😍✨😍✨😍✨😍✨😍✨😍✨😍✨😍✨😍

  15. I miss Dan‘s voice!!

  16. Reply
    Berenice Pérez De Jesús September 3, 2022 at 7:47 am

    I am very grad with all work that you have posted in YouTube because is incredibly useful. I really love to Pronuntiation section is being posted by Catherine in Facebook, everyday I can catch new words or interesting ideas.

  17. No God but Allah, Mohammed and Jesus are His messengers!

  18. Brace- get ready physically or mentally for bad

  19. This programme is very helpful for improving english and curent affairs as well pls reply me

  20. Thank you beautiful ladies.

  21. In case of a crash in civil aviation they usually ask passengers to 'brace for the impact' it means that you've got to take a special position in the seat when you lean towards your kneels something like that….

  22. Reply
    ただすけ#001TADASUKE September 3, 2022 at 7:47 am

    It is said some type of smog had often, or always, occurred in the industrial area of my region, such situation already ended when I was child though. Watching any world news program, scenes in which it is difficult to look far are sometimes seen. I think the nearby industrial area had the same scene as them decades ago.

  23. My favourite program! Useful vocabulary,good explanations!Thank you very much indeed!I really hope one day I could teach English like you do,in such an amazing way.

  24. Reply
    CRISTINA MORALES CASTRO September 3, 2022 at 7:47 am

    In some fights, in case of accident, the cabin crew will say to the passengers "brace, brace".

  25. Love ♥️♥️♥️….from india

  26. I liked the vocabulary today. The word 'grip' is particularly uneasy to use for me. It is everywhere and most of the time I can't catch the meaning from the context. And interesting to know that smog comes from a combination of fog and smoke… good data!.

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