Kamala Harris: First female US vice-president – News Review reviews

September 10, 2022



Kamala Harris has made history by being elected as the first female vice-president in the history of the US. This follows Joe Biden’s projected victory in the US presidential election.

Georgina and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story.

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Video chapters:
0:00 – Introduction
0:48 – Story
1:40 – Headline 1: Kamala Harris makes history as first ‘Madam Vice President’
3:39 – Headline 2: Kamala Harris cements place in history as first female Vice President
5:50 – Headline 3: The meaning of Kamala Harris: the woman who will break new ground as vice-president
7:57 – Language summary

The story
Mr Biden was introduced onto the stage by his running mate Kamala Harris, who’ll become the first female vice president. She said she wouldn’t be the last woman to hold that office because every little girl watching her would see that the US was a country of possibilities.

She told the crowd that voters had ushered in a new day for America.

Key words and phrases
makes history
is or does something so important that it will be recorded publicly and remembered

Marie Curie made history as the first woman to win a Nobel Prize.
The Olympic athlete made history breaking three world records in one day.
cements
makes a situation, an agreement or relationship stronger

The president’s visit cemented the relationship between the countries.
The crisis talks will help to cement the peace agreement.
break new ground
do something completely different that has not been done before

Her appointment as the first female CEO breaks new ground for the company.
‘Greener’ car designs will break new ground in future manufacturing.

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28 Comments
  1. We hope you enjoyed that episode of News Review. To watch the episode of 6 Minute Grammar all about the present tenses, follow this link: https://youtu.be/X6LuWwb9whM

  2. 🚖Nightingale made history. The Nightingale School of Nursing in London is the first school of this kind.
    🚖 After born her new baby, she cemented her relationship with her husband.
    🚖 Dr Magdy Yacoub broke new ground, after he got the sobering 'sir' from Queen Elizabeth ll.

  3. I really enjoy learning new words from BBC. Thanks a million !

  4. This is very important and helpful for me and for all those people who want to improve their learning English

  5. This woman on the screen, she's not black, and does not look particularly Asian, a Greek woman, rather 🙂 Kamala Harris doesn't look black either. Looks more like a Hindu woman, and Hindus are Arians, whatever her self-identification is or could be.

  6. This isn't even a history lesson! They aren't even reviewing Kamala Harris??? They just keep reading titles and giving buzz words. Don't take the click bait folks

  7. Makes history as a lair and a ruthless aggressor. Let's do better, let's get a female president with a sound heart AND mind.

  8. Catherin's language is so pretty

  9. Thank you, BBC>

  10. BBC Learning English staffs….you make learning English language easy !! Its now about 3 years since I have started to follow your program..I have got alot. Thank you all.

  11. Useful information for us

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  14. You are helping alot those who are learning English. This is the best way to learn like a natives. Thank u mam 🙂

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    Kênh của cô Diễm September 10, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    I listen to BBC learning English every day. I have learned alot from your channel. Thank you so much!

  16. She isn't yet . .. baby

  17. Saint Michael the Archangel defend us in battle be able to fence against the wickedness and snares of the devil may God rebuke him we humbly pray and do thou oh Prince of the heavenly host by the power of God thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls amen.

  18. She's not the 1st, nor is she black she's not black and no she's not 1st Indian either how dam sad lol good lord learn ur history she is the 1st madam meaning whore in vp if she wins 😆

  19. You can not decide who will be president in The USA.

  20. I can not trust BBC as they do not provide us with true news.

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    Juan Antonio Lozano Lopez September 10, 2022 at 9:18 pm

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  22. I'm really very impressed watching your tutorial. Thank you very much 💖 love you all.

  23. It may be false, it may be true But nothing has been proved but lol

  24. Why gender & race are, in this 21st century, more important than their past deeds, good and bad?

  25. 1.make history ; 2 cement 3 break new ground

  26. Good job… Greetings from Еgypt

  27. I like your lessons, it is helpful with new words and current events, I knew the news from these lessons. thanks💖

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