First Arab Woman in Space: BBC News Review 2022

June 12, 2023

The first Arab female astronaut, Rayyanah Barnawi, is part of a crew of space tourists who are visiting the International Space Station for eight days.

The story
The first Arab female astronaut, Rayyanah Barnawi, has blasted into space. She is part of a crew of space tourists who are visiting the International Space Station for eight days. As well as having a holiday, the tourists will conduct independent research, according to space company, Axiom.

Note: there’s a typo in the text on screen at 2.33 – ‘word’ should say ‘world’. We’re sorry for any confusion this may cause.

Key words and phrases

🔎 out of this world – incredible; very good
– I had some amazing cake yesterday – it was out of this world.
– I went to an incredible concert last weekend – the music was out of this world.

🔎 swoop – fly quickly and efficiently
– The eagle swooped down from the mountain and caught a mouse.
– The plane swooped onto the runway.

🔎 paves the way – makes something possible
– The successful scientific trial will pave the way for new medicines.
– A university degree often paves the way for a successful career.

(Images: Anadolu Agency and 3D sculptor via Getty)

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✔️ 0:00 – Introduction
✔️ 0:21 – Story
✔️ 1:06 – Headline 1: Out of this world welcome for landmark astronaut arrivals on International Space Station – 9 News Australia
✔️ 3:51 – Headline 3: Axiom’s Second Flight Paves the Way for a Commercial Space Station – The Japan Times
✔️ 4:55 – Language summary

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  1. 1. Einstein paved the way for the phenomenon of physics. His discovery was a world first. Without him, we will never realize what an apple that has fallen from the tree can have an impact on.

    2. I ran into my crush at the library yesterday. What an out-of-the-world.

    3. Dragon from the Game of Thrones is swooping towards us. RUNN! We are gonna get burnt to death.

  2. Use easy words

  3. ❤ Good morning everyone thank you BBC to inform and congratulations to woman arab

  4. The BBC news review series is paving my way to climb on my career. Learning new words and expressions on the context of day to day news is defenetelly out of this world.
    Additionally I have to say that the videos are made in a very professional manner. Big thanks 👍

  5. Reply
    Gulruxsora Sharipova June 12, 2023 at 5:07 am

    BBC program is so incredible
    It's making my speech out of this world 😊

    The airplane swooped
    I learned these thanks for BBC😊

  6. Reply
    Trí Tín Nguyễn June 12, 2023 at 5:07 am

    Spending more time to learn English with BBC paves the way for achieving a better future! Some News Reviews of BBC were out of this world!

  7. BBC Learning English always paves the way for a successful IELTS Examination

  8. Please, remember, dear people: the first woman in the spase was a russian woman VALENTINA TERESHKOVA !

  9. They are absolutely not space tourists.

  10. Ticked a box there then

  11. That's incredibly instructive video again, and you gave out of this world words that will be useful for us. Thanks this channel, acquiring English fast paves the way for people who are willing

  12. I like this video

  13. Thank you that it halp me a lot to improve my english

  14. Swoop you can say different word pounced

  15. I loved this video

  16. Feeling lost and searching for my purpose lately.

  17. thk yall so much! Neil looks like kevin de bruyne


  19. Your program is really useful and great

  20. Take notice of this book and you will find its knowledge out of this world.
    The pilot rapidly swooped aside in order to avoid the sudden attack from the enermy war plane.
    Vietnamese's non-confrontational manner is a crucial factor paving the way for the international integration.

  21. Reply
    Foodshow with yousaf June 12, 2023 at 5:07 am

    This program is superb and I enjoyed their cool way of teaching English

  22. First Arab and “Saudi” ♥️

  23. Lol i can't pronounce swoop😅😅😅 i prounounce like soup

  24. More and more enjoying BBC Learning English videos. You guys are amazing 🥰

  25. 📝📝📝

  26. There is a mistake in 2:35 in the video, it's "Out of this world" but it mistaken to "Out of this word", anyway an interesting video as usual, bravos Beth and Neil.

  27. Congratulations for all these very well done English lessons. I have watched them for several years. Journalists are friendly and fun. Philippe : Île de La Réunion

  28. Reply
    chaveiro lobato lobato June 12, 2023 at 5:07 am

    it's helping me a lot !cheers

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