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
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
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
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
This month's Advanced Arabic Course is on the topic of Gaza. The course will prepare you to read and watch Arabic media focused on issues in Gaza that touch on a number of areas such as the Hamas tunnels, human rights activists' attempts to break the blockade, education in Gaza, Gaza's first triathlon, and cleaning up Gaza's harbor. The vocabulary for this course covers a wide variety of subjects, including security/military, the environment, sports, human rights, and education.
As our world and societies become more divided, reminding ourselves of the principle of coexistence is of utmost importance. Whether its the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, building understanding between the Islamic world and the West, or the internal divisions in the Middle East such as the Sunni-Shia split, recognizing and striving towards coexistence can help us shape the world to the place we want it to be. For this lesson, you will prepare to read and watch Arabic media on coexistence. The lessons for this course include taking a look at Haifa as a model for Israeli-Palestinian coexistence, the Sunni-Shia divide in Iraq, understanding the basic pillars of coexistence, an Israeli school building understanding between Israelis and Palestinians, and an annual conference on building cultural understanding between the Islamic world and the US. This course is packed with useful Arabic vocabulary on the topic of coexistence that also touches on human rights, Middle Eastern history, and education.