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The Geopolitics of Crimea’s Water Deficit

The Geopolitics of Crimea’s Water Deficit

  • Russian
  • Sophisticated
  • 3
Details

Since annexing the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, Russia has faced a host of geopolitical issues in its efforts to take on stewardship over the region. The issue of Crimea's water supply has proven especially challenging for its new host government. Prior to 2014, the vast majority of Crimea's water came from the Dnipro River in Ukraine but access to that supply was cut off following Russia's takeover of the region. This course looks at some of the options the Kremlin is exploring to create a reliable source of potable water for Crimea as droughts and emptying reservoirs continue to threaten the region. The first three lessons of this course are taken from one article which looks at some of the options the Kremlin is exploring to create a reliable source of potable water for Crimea and the inherent challenges of those available options. The final two lessons are taken from a news video report which focuses on how the region's water shortage has affected Crimea's population and where the situation is the most dire. Some sample vocabulary from the course includes: водоснабжение  - water supply; бесперебойный  - uninterrupted; истощение  - depletion; рыбак - fisherman; повсеместный - widespread

Russian Aliyah and Life in Israel

Russian Aliyah and Life in Israel

  • Hebrew
  • Intermediate
  • 4
Details

This intermediate course will prepare you to read and watch Israeli media reporting on the Russian community in the country and the challenges they face, both from identity, assimilation, and discrimination standpoints. The waves of Russian Jewish immigration after the collapse of the Soviet Union brought Jews of Russian descent to Israel where they had to rebuild their lives and gain acceptance by the broader Israeli community. The lessons for this course will teach you a variety of vocabulary that captures these challenges, which include challenging dangerous stereotypes about Russians. Some vocabulary you will learn for this course includes: גזענות - racism; תחיו בעוני - you'll live in poverty; אני התגאיתי - I was proud; הסתה חמורה - severe incitement; התביישתי בזה - I was ashamed of it

The Race Against Time to Cure Coronavirus

The Race Against Time to Cure Coronavirus

  • Arabic
  • Advanced
  • 12
Details

As the world struggles to cope with Coronavirus, Germany seems to be one step ahead of the game in both containing the virus and finding a vaccine. For this course, you will prepare to read one Arabic article reporting on Germany's efforts to develop a vaccine as well as one Arabic news video on the same topic. The video for the course also includes brief interviews with Arab residents of Germany discussing the hardships they are experiencing and the lack of medical supplies available. The first three lessons for the course break down the article into three segments while the last two lessons focus on the first and second halves of the video. While most medical- and health-related courses on Foreigncy are very difficult, this course manages to be ranked as Advanced because the course is focused on one article and one video. Additionally, while the course does contain medical terminology, it is not nearly as technical as the March 2020 course on Coronavirus in the Middle East. Some vocabulary you will learn in this course includes: مصل - vaccine, serum; ابتكر ، يبتكر - to innovate, create; خلية ، خلايا - cell(s); معقّمات - disinfectants; يا ريت - I wish, if only

Russians Around the World

Russians Around the World

  • Russian
  • Advanced
  • 13
Details

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russian emigre communities have popped up around the world with increasing frequency as many people have chosen to leave the country and seek opportunity elsewhere. Additionally, international travel becomes increasingly popular for Russian citizens, with preferred destinations in Turkey, Egypt, and Thailand, among other places, developing their industries around Russian-speaking tourists. This course takes a look at some of these "epicenters" of Russian tourism and immigration and the effects of this on local industry and culture. Sample vocabulary from this course includes: эпицентр - epicenter; бесшабашность  - recklessness; репатриант - repatriate; преграда  - barrier, obstacle; недовольство - discontent

LGBTQ Rights in Israel

LGBTQ Rights in Israel

  • Hebrew
  • Advanced
  • 10
Details

Israel is home to a vibrant LGBTQ community and gay pride parades are held throughout the country every year; however, that is not to say that the LGBTQ members in Israel experience full and equal rights or that they do not have to contend with some serious social issues. In this course, you will prepare to read and watch Hebrew media focused on combating homophobia, understanding LGBT rights in Israel, and shedding light on other issues that gay couples deal with, such as dreaming of parenthood, social acceptance, and threats of violence. The Hebrew vocabulary for this course is primarily drawn from everyday Hebrew spoken by Israelis and conversations that individuals have in the lesson videos. Some sample vocabulary from the lessons include: סיכון לשברון לב - risk of heartbreak; הקהילה הגאה - the gay community; הנטייה המינית שלי - my sexual orientation; לצאת מהארון - to come out of the closet

Coronavirus in the Middle East

Coronavirus in the Middle East

  • Arabic
  • Sophisticated
  • 42
Details

Coronavirus has swept the globe and is rapidly developing into a major health crisis. The virus has spread in the Middle East as well, with Iran becoming an epicenter of coronavirus cases and a cause for concern for other countries in the region such as Lebanon due to the back and forth travel between the two countries. For this Sophisticated-level course, you will prepare to read and watch Arabic media reporting on coronavirus in the Middle East and how different countries in the region are confronting the crisis. While the vocabulary for the lesson is certainly very advanced and deals with some medical terminology, the goal of the course is not to get bogged down in medical vocabulary but to understand how the crisis is affecting the region. Some vocabulary that you will learn for this lesson includes: تفشي الفيروس - outbreak of the virus; تزداد مخاوف - fears are growing; هذا الوباء - this epidemic; حجر صحي - quarantine

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