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All About the Romanovs

All About the Romanovs

  • Russian
  • Advanced
  • 1
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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

The Settlements Issue

The Settlements Issue

  • Arabic
  • Advanced
  • 5
Details

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

Israeli Rapper – Tuna

Israeli Rapper – Tuna

  • Hebrew
  • Advanced
  • 1
Details

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.

The Russian Military in 2019

The Russian Military in 2019

  • Russian
  • Intermediate
  • 10
Details

In 2019, the Russian military has sought to maintain its sphere of influence in regions where it already maintains a presence, such as Ukraine and Moldova, and also expand its footprint to new territories, as most recently indicated through its new partnership with Turkey in northern Syria. The military's influence on civilian life in Russia should not go unnoticed as well, as evidenced through the ever-expanding grandeur of Russia's military parades. In this course, we will take a look at the current state of the Russian military in an ever-changing, complex world and what this may mean for the world moving forward. The Russian vocabulary for this course is heavy on security and military terms, such as караул - guard duty, кровопролитие - bloodshed, and перемирие - ceasefire.

Lebanon Protests – United Against Corruption

Lebanon Protests – United Against Corruption

  • Arabic
  • Intermediate
  • 36
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In October 2019, popular protests erupted in Lebanon calling for the dismissal of the government and a complete remake of the Lebanese political scene. Most recently, the protests led to the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. The non-sectarian protests erupted in response to the government's inability to find solutions to an economic crisis that has gripped the country over the past year and widespread discontent over endemic corruption. This course will prepare you to read and watch Arabic media reporting on Lebanon's protests and their economic and social causes. This course will help you master Arabic vocabulary related to demonstrations, protest movements, economic injustice, corruption, and social issues, such as: مظاهرات تتواصل - demonstrations continue, الناشطين - the activists, بطالة متفاقمة - worsening unemployment

Syrians Treated in Israel

Syrians Treated in Israel

  • Hebrew
  • Intermediate
  • 5
Details

Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war, Syrians have been seeking medical and humanitarian assistance from a sworn enemy, Israel. In 2013, Syrians began heading towards the Israeli border in record numbers. Despite the concerns of Israel's government, both the military and hospitals in the north have treated casualties of all ages and in the process has built bridges between two worlds. For this course, you will prepare you to read and watch Israeli news articles, IDF press pieces, and news reports shedding light on Syrians who have sought treatment in Israel. The Hebrew vocabulary you will learn in the lessons is a combination of core medical, humanitarian, and military-related terms, such as: חצו את הגבול - crossed the border זכויות אדם - human rights זקוקים לעזרה - in need of help

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