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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 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

Coronavirus in the Middle East

Coronavirus in the Middle East

  • Arabic
  • Sophisticated
  • 53
Details

Coronavirus has swept the globe and is rapidly developing into a major health crisis. The virus has spread in the Middle East as well, with Iran becoming an epicenter of coronavirus cases and a cause for concern for other countries in the region such as Lebanon due to the back and forth travel between the two countries. For this Sophisticated-level course, you will prepare to read and watch Arabic media reporting on coronavirus in the Middle East and how different countries in the region are confronting the crisis. While the vocabulary for the lesson is certainly very advanced and deals with some medical terminology, the goal of the course is not to get bogged down in medical vocabulary but to understand how the crisis is affecting the region. Some vocabulary that you will learn for this lesson includes: تفشي الفيروس - outbreak of the virus; تزداد مخاوف - fears are growing; هذا الوباء - this epidemic; حجر صحي - quarantine

The January 2020 Iran-US Escalation

The January 2020 Iran-US Escalation

  • Arabic
  • Intermediate
  • 56
Details

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

Winter in the Middle East

  • Arabic
  • Intermediate
  • 50
Details

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

The Settlements Issue

The Settlements Issue

  • Arabic
  • Advanced
  • 30
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

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