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Diseases and Outbreaks

Diseases and Outbreaks

  • Russian
  • Advanced
  • 5
Details

The recent outbreak of the coronavirus in China has the world has governments and public health officials on edge as increasingly drastic measures are being implemented to contain the illness. In this advanced Russian media course, we will prepare to read and watch Russian media reporting on some common viruses and ailments and the efforts being taken to curb the spread of those diseases. Get ready for lots of valuable vocabulary and information to improve both your Russian skills and your overall health! Some sample vocabulary from the course includes: заболевание - disease, illness; прививать, привить - to vaccinate; эпидемия  - epidemic; профилактика  - prevention; здравоохранение  - public health

Hebrew Conversation Practice

Hebrew Conversation Practice

  • Hebrew
  • Intermediate
  • 11
Details

This course is focused on improving your Hebrew speaking and listening skills when it comes to everyday conversations. The lessons for the course will prepare you to listen to a variety of Hebrew conversations that will introduce or reinforce core vocabulary needed for everyday life and some deeper conversations. The course also includes one lesson to prepare you to watch and listen to a duet in Hebrew by two Israeli musicians to mix things up a bit. Some sample vocabulary from the course includes: יכולה לעשות את האדם - can make a person; אל תנתקי - don't hang up; ?למה תמיד יש לך עניינים - why do you always have issues?; את נראית נפוחה - you look bloated; השיחות שיש רק לנו - the conversations that only we have

The January 2020 Iran-US Escalation

The January 2020 Iran-US Escalation

  • Arabic
  • Intermediate
  • 20
Details

At the end of December 2019 and the beginning of January 2020, the US and Iran came to the brink of war           (شفا الحرب). The escalation (التصعيد) followed a series of events in the region that began with the killing of an American contractor (متعاقد) in Iraq, culminated in the assassination (اغتيال) of Qasem Soleimani and ended tragically in the accidental shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger jet over Tehran. The lessons for this course will prepare you to read and watch Arabic media reporting on the event and is heavily focused on military, security, and foreign policy vocabulary. Samples of the vocabulary for this course include: حطامها - its debris; انفجارات عنيفة - violent explosions; اقتحام السفارة الأميركية - storming of the American embassy; الصلات الوثيقة - the close links; القوات عثرت على - the forces found

Looking North: The Russian Arctic

Looking North: The Russian Arctic

  • Russian
  • Intermediate
  • 17
Details

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

Winter in the Middle East

  • Arabic
  • Intermediate
  • 34
Details

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 – Snow, Floods, and the Homeless

Winter in Israel – Snow, Floods, and the Homeless

  • Hebrew
  • Intermediate
  • 6
Details

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

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