One consequence of the fallout of the Soviet Union was the emergence of several "frozen conflict" zones throughout the empire's former republics as large communities of various ethnic people groups found themselves now living in countries where they were a demographic minority. These situations have led to multiple armed conflicts in the region over the past 30 years with the most recent flareup occurring in Nagorno-Karabakh, a region within the borders of Azerbaijan populated by an overwhelming majority of ethnic Armenians. This course looks at the history of Nagorno-Karabakh and what has contributed to the escalated tensions which have brought Armenia and Azerbaijan to the brink of war in recent weeks. The first three lessons will prepare you to read a Russian language article while the last two will prepare you to watch a video. Some sample vocabulary from the course includes: бой - battle, conflict; напряженный - tense; спорная территория - disputed territory; вертолёт - helicopter; военное положение - martial law
This sophisticated-level course is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness Month and will prepare you to watch and read Arabic media reporting on breast cancer prevention and awareness. Lessons 1 - 2 are almost completely in the Levantine dialect. The lessons will prepare you to watch a woman in London speaking the Levantine dialect recap her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment as well as her advice to women in order to catch the disease early on. Lessons 3 - 5 will prepare you to read a brief CNN Arabic article on Breast Cancer Awareness Month and details three primary ways that women can detect and prevent the deadly disease. Some sample vocabulary from the lessons include: انا حسيت في ورم - I felt a lump; عيادات لندن - London clinics; سرطان الثدي - breast cancer; عرض ، أعراض - symptom(s); يتم تشخيص - are diagnosed.
This course takes a look at the Ethiopian-Israeli identity in Israel by examining the challenges facing the Ethiopian community as well as popping into an Ethiopian restaurant to take a close look at the rich cuisine that has come to serve as an ambassador of Ethiopian culture around the world. Lessons 1 - 3 will prepare you to watch a Hebrew news report in which the reporter interviews a group of Ethiopian-Israeli teens about their feelings following the shooting of Solomon Teka and the resulting demonstrations in 2019. The teens express a variety of emotions towards the discrimination and racism they have experienced as members of the Ethiopian community in Israel and their frustrations with the challenges that come with being an Israeli of Ethiopian descent. Lessons 4 - 5 will prepare you to read a Mako food article about a news team visiting the Ethiopian restaurant Addis Alem in Israel. The team learns the backstory to the founding of the restaurant and are exposed to a variety of rich Ethiopian dishes, both vegetarian, vegan, and meat. Some sample vocabulary from the lessons includes: הקורבן הבא - the next victim; לקחו לנו את הזכות - they took away our right; ממוצא אתיופי - of Ethiopian descent; בשלנית מחוננת - gifted cook; אל תוותרו - don't pass up
On August 20, 2020, leading Russian opposition politician and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny went into a coma after falling ill on a flight to Moscow. After receiving treatment in Germany following an emergency medical evacuation, German doctors confirmed that Navalny had been poisoned with a highly toxic nerve agent. While the Kremlin has involved any involvement, the incident follows an alarming pattern of the targeted poisonings of opposition figures, journalists, and Russian dissidents in the two decades since Vladimir Putin came to power. This course will prepare you to read and watch Russian media reporting on these events, taking a look at some of these poisonings, as well as the potential consequences for Russia in connection with the most recent attack. Lessons 1 - 3 will prepare you to read Russian language media articles while Lessons 4 and 5 focus on video news reports. Some sample vocabulary from the course includes: отравление - poisoning; шприц - syringe; внутренние органы - internal organs; якобы - allegedly; виновный - guilty party
This course takes an in-depth look at the Israel-UAE peace deal and how it's being received in the Middle East, specifically among the Palestinians who were by and large left out in the cold and were not part of the discussions. The course will prepare you to read and watch Arabic-language media reporting on the deal. Lessons 1 - 3 will prepare you to read an article published by Annahar about how the deal came about and what was going on behind the scenes. Lessons 4 - 5 will focus on a France 24 Arabic news report that largely focuses on the Palestinian people's reaction to the deal, both from the perspective of the Palestinian leadership and the Palestinian public. The vocabulary for the lesson is focused on diplomatic terms but also contains some great Fusha and MSA Arabic expressions. Some sample vocabulary from the lessons include: تطبيع - normalization; الضم - annexation; تحفّظات - reservations, doubts; محادثات مباشرة - direct talks; الإجماع العربي - the Arab consensus; اتفاق سِري - secret agreement
This course will take a close look at the lives of the deaf and blind in Israel and the challenges that these people face and overcome in their daily lives. The course will prepare you to read and watch five separate Hebrew articles and videos related to this topic. Lesson 1 introduces you to a deaf Israeli lawyer who overcame all the odds as well as a youth center for the deaf and hearing-impaired in Israel that faced serious economic difficulties and was on the brink of closing. The article for the lesson focuses on the lawyer while the video interviews children at the center who discuss the role the center has played in their lives and why it is vital. Lesson 2 will introduce you to a man who became blind and deaf as an infant as the result of a bad vaccination but who has turned his enhanced senses of smell and taste into a profession as a wine taster in Israel. Lesson 3 will prepare you to read and watch Hebrew media reporting on a blind man and his service dog who were denied service at a restaurant in Israel, primarily because the restaurant did not allow dogs in the restaurant, effectively denying the man to enter the restaurant with "his eyes". Lesson 4 will prepare you to watch a brief video of an Israeli sign language translator/interpreter who covers the main reasons why you should learn sign language and she also teaches some high-level signs. Lastly, Lesson 5 will prepare you to read and watch Hebrew media reporting on an Israeli running group that was established for the blind and visually-impaired to offer them an equal opportunity to participate in sports and fulfill their dreams. Some sample vocabulary from the lessons include: מוגבלות מסוימת - a certain, specific disability; כלב נחייה חביב - lovable guide-dog; החירש עיוור - the deaf-blind (man); אנשים כבדי שמיעה - hearing-impaired people; לקויי ראיה - visually-impaired people