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1061 Famous Australians

Nick talks with Cheryl about some famous people in Australia and why they are popular.

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She's the first aboriginal Australian to win a gold medal.

An aboriginal is a person who has lived in an area longer than anyone other culture or race of people. Aboriginal people are also called natives.

  1. He collects aboriginal art.
  2. Sadly, aborigineesl often possess less power than people who came later.

years and years

she'd been doing it for for years and years.

Here the term years and years just means a long time. When someone does not know exactly how many years something happened, they just say years and years to refer to many years. Notice the following:

  1. He's been vacationing there for years and years.
  2. It has been years and years since I saw him.


Finally, she had that big break-through.

A break-through is a big achievement or big advance in one's career or life. People often have a break-through after struggling to achieve something for a long time. Notice the following:

  1. Micheal Jackson's big breath-through hit was Billy Jean.
  2. After years of failure the team finally broke through and won the championship.

lap of honor

She did a lap of honor for the aboriginal Australians.

A lap of honor is just a victory lap. After a runner or racer wins a race, they often run around the arena in a lap of honor so all the spectators can honor their victory.

  1. The sprinter ran a lap of honor while waving his national flag.
  2. She is shy, so she had to persuaded to do a lap of honor.

vocal range

She has a talented vocal range. Really high and really low.

A range of something measures it from a low area to a high area, so a vocal range would be the range one can can sing from high to low. Notice the following example:

  1. The lead singer had a wide vocal range.