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Moscow Under Lockdown

Moscow Under Lockdown

  • Russian
  • Advanced
  • 16
Details

Moscow, a city of more than 12 million, has been hit particularly hard in recent weeks by the coronavirus, bringing life in the massive metropolis to a standstill. The latest numbers indicate that nearly 2% of the city's population has been infected with those numbers expected to continue rising. This course will prepare you to read a Russian language news article as well as watch a Russian language news report that examines the effects of the virus on the city and what measures are being taken to curb its spread. Sample vocabulary from the course include: искоренять, искоренить - to eradicate; затухать, затухнуть - to fade out; сдерживание  - containment; лёгкие - lungs; самоизоляция - self isolation

Coronavirus in Israel

Coronavirus in Israel

  • Hebrew
  • Advanced
  • 10
Details

Despite taking a very proactive and stringent approach to Coronavirus, Israel has also suffered from the global pandemic that has reshaped our lives. For this course, you will prepare to read a Hebrew article reporting on the nurses on the frontlines of Coronavirus in Israel and also prepare to watch a Hebrew news report that takes you inside an Israeli hospital treating Coronavirus patients. Both items focus on the medical professionals who are putting their lives at risk every day in order to treat Coronavirus patients. Lessons 1 - 3 will prepare you to read the article while Lessons 4 - 5 focus on the video. The Hebrew vocabulary for the course is focused on medical / hospital and social distancing vocabulary, equipping you with the proper tools to discuss Coronavirus in Hebrew or consume Hebrew media items reporting on the pandemic. Sample vocabulary from the course includes: אח , אחות - nurse; הידבקות - infection; בידוד - isolation; חולים מאושפזים - hospitalized patients; תרופה ניסיונית - experimental drug.

Lebanon and Cannabis Farming

Lebanon and Cannabis Farming

  • Arabic
  • Intermediate
  • 26
Details

In the face of a mounting economic crisis, Lebanon became the first Arab country to legalize Cannabis cultivation for medicinal and certain industrial use. Despite the fact that Cannabis was previously illegally in Lebanon, the country still ranked as one of the largest global producers of the plant. The decision to legalize Cannabis drew both support and opposition within the country, with some expressing hope that it will aid the country's ailing economy and others fearing that it could lead to increased drug consumption. For this course, you will prepare to read an Arabic article reporting on the legalization of Cannabis in Lebanon as well as watch an Arabic news report that covers the development and also reviews Arabic tweets in favor of or opposed to the legislation. The vocabulary for this course includes terms related to farming, the economy, and production. Additionally, Parts IV and V which prepare you to watch the video also include Lebanese dialect vocabulary which are primarily pulled from tweets. Lessons 1 - 3 will prepare you to read the article. Examples of the vocabulary for this course include: تدويخ - getting high; القنب الهندي - cannabis; للاستخدام الطبي - for medical use; شرّع . يشرّع - to legalize; تا ياخد حقوا (dialect) - in order to fulfill his right; راح يتوجّهون (dialect) - they'll approach

The Geopolitics of Crimea’s Water Deficit

The Geopolitics of Crimea’s Water Deficit

  • Russian
  • Sophisticated
  • 16
Details

Since annexing the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, Russia has faced a host of geopolitical issues in its efforts to take on stewardship over the region. The issue of Crimea's water supply has proven especially challenging for its new host government. Prior to 2014, the vast majority of Crimea's water came from the Dnipro River in Ukraine but access to that supply was cut off following Russia's takeover of the region. This course looks at some of the options the Kremlin is exploring to create a reliable source of potable water for Crimea as droughts and emptying reservoirs continue to threaten the region. The first three lessons of this course are taken from one article which looks at some of the options the Kremlin is exploring to create a reliable source of potable water for Crimea and the inherent challenges of those available options. The final two lessons are taken from a news video report which focuses on how the region's water shortage has affected Crimea's population and where the situation is the most dire. Some sample vocabulary from the course includes: водоснабжение  - water supply; бесперебойный  - uninterrupted; истощение  - depletion; рыбак - fisherman; повсеместный - widespread

Russian Aliyah and Life in Israel

Russian Aliyah and Life in Israel

  • Hebrew
  • Intermediate
  • 12
Details

This intermediate course will prepare you to read and watch Israeli media reporting on the Russian community in the country and the challenges they face, both from identity, assimilation, and discrimination standpoints. The waves of Russian Jewish immigration after the collapse of the Soviet Union brought Jews of Russian descent to Israel where they had to rebuild their lives and gain acceptance by the broader Israeli community. The lessons for this course will teach you a variety of vocabulary that captures these challenges, which include challenging dangerous stereotypes about Russians. Some vocabulary you will learn for this course includes: גזענות - racism; תחיו בעוני - you'll live in poverty; אני התגאיתי - I was proud; הסתה חמורה - severe incitement; התביישתי בזה - I was ashamed of it

The Race Against Time to Cure Coronavirus

The Race Against Time to Cure Coronavirus

  • Arabic
  • Advanced
  • 34
Details

As the world struggles to cope with Coronavirus, Germany seems to be one step ahead of the game in both containing the virus and finding a vaccine. For this course, you will prepare to read one Arabic article reporting on Germany's efforts to develop a vaccine as well as one Arabic news video on the same topic. The video for the course also includes brief interviews with Arab residents of Germany discussing the hardships they are experiencing and the lack of medical supplies available. The first three lessons for the course break down the article into three segments while the last two lessons focus on the first and second halves of the video. While most medical- and health-related courses on Foreigncy are very difficult, this course manages to be ranked as Advanced because the course is focused on one article and one video. Additionally, while the course does contain medical terminology, it is not nearly as technical as the March 2020 course on Coronavirus in the Middle East. Some vocabulary you will learn in this course includes: مصل - vaccine, serum; ابتكر ، يبتكر - to innovate, create; خلية ، خلايا - cell(s); معقّمات - disinfectants; يا ريت - I wish, if only

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