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Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

  • Arabic
  • Advanced
  • 4
Details

This course is dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement and the life of George Floyd. The first three lessons for the course will prepare you to read an article published by the UN about George Floyd's brother appealing to the UN to investigate police brutality and Lessons 4 and 5 will prepare you to watch an Arabic news report that details both George Floyd's death, the person that he was, and the legacy he has left behind. The vocabulary for all of the lessons deals heavily with racism, discrimination, police brutality, and human rights. Some of the key vocabulary from the course includes: الفصل العنصري - apartheid; وحشية الشرطة - police brutality; حياة السود مهمة - Black Lives Matter; العنصرية المتفشية - rampant racism; شهود عيان - eyewitnesses

Israel – Iran Cyber Escalation

Israel – Iran Cyber Escalation

  • Arabic
  • Intermediate
  • 21
Details

In late May 2020, Iran and Israel went tit-for-tat in a cyberattack exchange that raised tensions throughout the region. The cyber escalation began when Iran allegedly launched a cyberattack on Israeli civlian water infrastructure in rural areas, which Israeli officials say caused little damage. Despite the low level of damage, Israel stated that the attack crossed a red line. In response, Israel then reportedly launched its own cyberattack on the Shaheed Rajai port in the city of Bandar Abbas in Iran, causing significant damage to the port's traffic automation software systems. For this course, you will prepare to read one Arabic news article (Lessons I - III) on the Iranian attack on Israeli water infrastructure as well as watch an Arabic news report (Lessons IV - V) covering the Israeli counter cyberattack on the Iranian port. Despite the course dealing with some technical issues, the lessons are at the intermediate level. The vocabulary for this lesson is a nice combination of cyber, security, infrastructure, and shipping terms. Some sample vocabulary from the course includes three different ways to say cyberattack - هجوم السايبر , هجوم سيبراني, هجوم إلكتروني. Other vocabulary includes: to target - استهدف ، يستهدف ; attributed to - المنسوبة إلى; foreign  hackers - قراصنة اجانب; rural areas - مناطق ريفية

Lebanon and Cannabis Farming

Lebanon and Cannabis Farming

  • Arabic
  • Intermediate
  • 31
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
  • 41
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
  • 56
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
  • 58
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

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