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Fighting for Equality: The View from Russia

Fighting for Equality: The View from Russia

  • Russian
  • Sophisticated
  • 0
Details

The eyes of the world have been on the United States in recent weeks as hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets to call for major reforms to the country's policing practices, an end to systemic racism, and increased awareness of the challenges facing people of color living in the country. Not all foreign media outlets, however, are looking at the events with a sympathetic eye, choosing to brush over the reasons for the movement itself, and instead devoting an overwhelming amount of coverage to the spouts of violence, unrest, and looting which have accompanied the protest demonstrations in many American cities. In this course, we will take a look at an article and TV news report from Russia that both provide a glimpse into how the Russian mediasphere has choosing to portray the latest events gripping the United States. Some sample vocabulary from the course includes: гнев - outrage, anger; угнетение  - oppression; социальная справедливость - social justice; жестокость полиции - police brutality; разжигать ненависть - to incite hatred

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

  • Hebrew
  • Advanced
  • 0
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This course is dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement and the life of George Floyd. The lessons for this course will prepare you to read and watch Israeli media reporting on the Black Lives Matter movement and George Floyd's death, which sparked nationwide protests calling for change. Lessons 1 - 3 will prepare you to read a Walla article reporting on the ongoing BLM protests and also covers the transition from the initial outburst of rage to peaceful protests. Lessons 4 and 5 will prepare you to watch an Israeli news analyst from כאן חדשות analyze the protests' significance and also how George Floyd's death was the spark that ignited a call for change. The video highlights the factors contributing to the protests, such as social inequalities and police brutality. The vocabulary for this course is focused on human rights, discrimination, and protest/demonstration terms. Some sample vocabulary from the course includes: הפגנות שלוות - peaceful demonstrations; לנתב את הזעם - to channel the anger; תנועת זכויות האזרח - civil rights movement; להביע סולידריות - to express solidarity; אני לא יכול לנשום  - I cannot breathe

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

  • Arabic
  • Advanced
  • 4
Details

This course is dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement and the life of George Floyd. The first three lessons for the course will prepare you to read an article published by the UN about George Floyd's brother appealing to the UN to investigate police brutality and Lessons 4 and 5 will prepare you to watch an Arabic news report that details both George Floyd's death, the person that he was, and the legacy he has left behind. The vocabulary for all of the lessons deals heavily with racism, discrimination, police brutality, and human rights. Some of the key vocabulary from the course includes: الفصل العنصري - apartheid; وحشية الشرطة - police brutality; حياة السود مهمة - Black Lives Matter; العنصرية المتفشية - rampant racism; شهود عيان - eyewitnesses

The Return of Stalin: Personality Cults in Modern Russia

The Return of Stalin: Personality Cults in Modern Russia

  • Russian
  • Intermediate
  • 12
Details

Despite having been dead for nearly 70 years, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin still remains a polarizing figure in Russian history. While many understand the extent of the damage this tyrannical leader inflicted upon his own people, a small but growing personality cult has been built up around Stalin, with many pointing to his leadership during World War 2 as a reason why he should be celebrated. This course looks at the modern-day debate surrounding Joseph Stalin and how it acts as a reflection on modern Russian society. Some of the key vocabulary from this course includes - репрессированный   - repressed person; тиран  - tyrant; Сталинизм - Stalinism; искажение  - distortion

Israel – Iran Cyber Escalation

Israel – Iran Cyber Escalation

  • Arabic
  • Intermediate
  • 21
Details

In late May 2020, Iran and Israel went tit-for-tat in a cyberattack exchange that raised tensions throughout the region. The cyber escalation began when Iran allegedly launched a cyberattack on Israeli civlian water infrastructure in rural areas, which Israeli officials say caused little damage. Despite the low level of damage, Israel stated that the attack crossed a red line. In response, Israel then reportedly launched its own cyberattack on the Shaheed Rajai port in the city of Bandar Abbas in Iran, causing significant damage to the port's traffic automation software systems. For this course, you will prepare to read one Arabic news article (Lessons I - III) on the Iranian attack on Israeli water infrastructure as well as watch an Arabic news report (Lessons IV - V) covering the Israeli counter cyberattack on the Iranian port. Despite the course dealing with some technical issues, the lessons are at the intermediate level. The vocabulary for this lesson is a nice combination of cyber, security, infrastructure, and shipping terms. Some sample vocabulary from the course includes three different ways to say cyberattack - هجوم السايبر , هجوم سيبراني, هجوم إلكتروني. Other vocabulary includes: to target - استهدف ، يستهدف ; attributed to - المنسوبة إلى; foreign  hackers - قراصنة اجانب; rural areas - مناطق ريفية

Israeli Stand-Up Comedy

Israeli Stand-Up Comedy

  • Hebrew
  • Intermediate
  • 4
Details

For this course, you will prepare to watch a brief stand-up comedy routine by Israeli comedian Assaf Itzhaki. Each lesson in the course will cover roughly a minute or more of his routine. As a general warning, some of the vocabulary in this course is crude as Itzhaki jokes about sex and relationships. One of the main benefits of this lesson is the Hebrew slang that is covered in the video as well as the everyday vocabulary that Itzhaki uses while joking about various situations. Some of the key vocabulary from the course includes: נחשפתי לזוגיות - I was exposed to dating; להשפריץ , משפריץ - to splash, spray; להוריד תחתונים  - to take off your underwear; זה גובל בטמטום  - it borders on stupidity; זאת חתיכת טובה - this is a hell of a favor

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