Russia's Arctic region covers a wide expanse of land and water on the northern edge of our planet. As we will discover in this course, this unforgiving and largely uninhabited landscape holds a host of ancient hidden treasures and scientific conundrums, as well as being the epicenter of the planet's ongoing climate crisis. Through recent scientific advancements and archaeological discoveries, this previously impenetrable region is certainly having a moment. This course will teach you critical environment, wildlife, and climate change vocabulary in Russian as you prepare to read and watch the media items in the lessons. Examples of the vocabulary that you will learn in this course include: изменение климата - climate change; научная экспедиция - scientific expedition; белый медведь - polar bear; труп - corpse; земной шар - globe
Winter in the Middle East presents unique challenges and opportunities for a region not traditionally associated with snow, skiing, or dangerous weather conditions. For this course, you will prepare to read and watch Arabic media reporting on a number of items linked to winter in the Middle East, and in the process learn critical winter- and weather-related vocabulary that can be applied to everyday life as well as learn skiing and winter sports vocabulary. You'll also prepare to read and watch Arabic media reporting on Winter Storm Norma in Lebanon, which hit last year and had a tremendous impact on Syrian refugees living in displaced persons camp in Lebanon. This will help you apply the winter vocabulary you've learned into another real-world context, bringing home how these weather conditions impact people's lives. Examples of key vocabulary you will learn include: تلوح في الأفق - looming on the horizon; ذات الدفع الرباعي - four-wheel drive; منتجع تزلّج داخلي - indoor ski-resort; الأرصاد الجوية - weather forecasts; عاصفة ثلجية - snowstorm
Winter in Israel can bring with it stunning panoramas of Jerusalem and excited residents into the streets for the rare opportunity to build snowmen, but it also brings with it extreme weather conditions that can paralyze the country and have a devasting effect on the less-fortunate. For this course, you will prepare to read and watch Hebrew media covering a range of topics linked to winter in Israel. These lessons will teach you critical winter- and weather-related vocabulary to practically apply to your Hebrew study as well as contextual vocabulary linked to the weather's impact on people's lives that will help cement the vocabulary. Examples of vocabulary you will learn in this course include: בובת שלג - snowman; סופת שלג - snowstorm; דרי הרחוב - homeless people; לשרוד את הקור - to survive the cold; שבוע חורפי - a wintry week
The Romanov family has etched its immortal place in history as one of the world's most fascinating royal dynasties. From its tumultuous claim of power in 1613 to its violent and abrupt demise in 1917, the family ruled over Russia and produced some of history's most remarkable personalities. This course takes a look at the family, its origins, and its legacy among Russias today. While the Romanovs have long been dead, it is clear that the family still holds an important and influential role in the shaping of modern Russian society. It is often said that by learning about the past, we are better able to understand the present. That certainly is the case with the Romanovs. Sample vocabulary that you will learn in this lesson includes: заговор - charm, spell; наследник - heir; потомок - descendant; княжна - princess; страстной - passionate
This advanced-level Arabic course will prepare you to read and watch Arabic media reporting on the sensitive issue of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The lessons in the course will cover a spectrum of related topics linked to the settlements issue, including an overview of their size and impact on a future peace agreement, recent controversy over people AirBnBing on settlements, Israel's evacuation of the Amona outpost / settlement, and the controversy over Israel selling products produced on settlements. Samples of the Arabic vocabulary you will learn include: منتجات المستوطنات - settlement products; الإخلاء السلمي - the peaceful evacuation; السياحة بالمستوطنات - settlement tourism; أرض متنازع عليها - disputed land; النمو السكاني - population growth
This advanced-level course will prepare you to listen to five songs by the Israeli rapper Tuna. While many Israeli songs are easy to understand and use fairly easy vocabulary, Israeli rap is characterized by its use of slang and other phrases that you may not encounter outside of speaking with Israelis in everyday life. There may be no better way to study Israeli slang than listening to Israeli rap. Tuna uses a number of phrases that cannot be translated literally but instead require the insertion or modification of common sense additions, similar to many English expressions. For each song, you'll be able to read the lyrics by clicking Read the Article and scrolling to the bottom of the page. Examples of the types of vocabulary you'll learn in this course include: משאירים ממך אבק - turn you into dust; הספינה שלי שטה - my ship has sailed; לשפוך את הלב - to pour your heart out; עשיתם שרירים - you acted tough; דקרו מאחור - they backstabbed.