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Diseases and Outbreaks

Diseases and Outbreaks

  • Russian
  • Advanced
  • 5
Details

The recent outbreak of the coronavirus in China has the world has governments and public health officials on edge as increasingly drastic measures are being implemented to contain the illness. In this advanced Russian media course, we will prepare to read and watch Russian media reporting on some common viruses and ailments and the efforts being taken to curb the spread of those diseases. Get ready for lots of valuable vocabulary and information to improve both your Russian skills and your overall health! Some sample vocabulary from the course includes: заболевание - disease, illness; прививать, привить - to vaccinate; эпидемия  - epidemic; профилактика  - prevention; здравоохранение  - public health

Looking North: The Russian Arctic

Looking North: The Russian Arctic

  • Russian
  • Intermediate
  • 17
Details

Russia's Arctic region covers a wide expanse of land and water on the northern edge of our planet. As we will discover in this course, this unforgiving and largely uninhabited landscape holds a host of ancient hidden treasures and scientific conundrums, as well as being the epicenter of the planet's ongoing climate crisis. Through recent scientific advancements and archaeological discoveries, this previously impenetrable region is certainly having a moment. This course will teach you critical environment, wildlife, and climate change vocabulary in Russian as you prepare to read and watch the media items in the lessons. Examples of the vocabulary that you will learn in this course include: изменение климата - climate change; научная экспедиция - scientific expedition; белый медведь - polar bear; труп - corpse; земной шар - globe

All About the Romanovs

All About the Romanovs

  • Russian
  • Advanced
  • 8
Details

The Romanov family has etched its immortal place in history as one of the world's most fascinating royal dynasties. From its tumultuous claim of power in 1613 to its violent and abrupt demise in 1917, the family ruled over Russia and produced some of history's most remarkable personalities. This course takes a look at the family, its origins, and its legacy among Russias today. While the Romanovs have long been dead, it is clear that the family still holds an important and influential role in the shaping of modern Russian society. It is often said that by learning about the past, we are better able to understand the present. That certainly is the case with the Romanovs. Sample vocabulary that you will learn in this lesson includes: заговор - charm, spell; наследник - heir; потомок - descendant; княжна - princess; страстной - passionate

The Russian Military in 2019

The Russian Military in 2019

  • Russian
  • Intermediate
  • 16
Details

In 2019, the Russian military has sought to maintain its sphere of influence in regions where it already maintains a presence, such as Ukraine and Moldova, and also expand its footprint to new territories, as most recently indicated through its new partnership with Turkey in northern Syria. The military's influence on civilian life in Russia should not go unnoticed as well, as evidenced through the ever-expanding grandeur of Russia's military parades. In this course, we will take a look at the current state of the Russian military in an ever-changing, complex world and what this may mean for the world moving forward. The Russian vocabulary for this course is heavy on security and military terms, such as караул - guard duty, кровопролитие - bloodshed, and перемирие - ceasefire.

Ukraine in 2019: Navigating through the Fog of War and Corruption

Ukraine in 2019: Navigating through the Fog of War and Corruption

  • Russian
  • Advanced
  • 10
Details

Nearly six years after the launch of the Euromaidan movement that transformed Ukraine's political and security landscape, Ukraine still finds itself stuck in a sustained armed conflict with Russian-backed separatists, a political culture mired in corruption, and a struggle to stave off further Russian aggression while maintaining good relations with supporters in the West. In May 2019, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a former television personality, won Ukraine's presidential election in a landslide, taking on the responsibility of managing all of the many challenges his country faces.

Sports for Dummies

Sports for Dummies

  • Russian
  • Advanced
  • 6
Details

Sports vocabulary can be particularly challenging to learn in any foreign language. Each sport has its own unique words to signify positions, equipment, and rules which are rarely encountered in any other context. The goal of this course is to give you a solid foundation in sports vocabulary to help you out when you want to discuss a soccer match in Russian or better understand a Russian announcer during a broadcast of your favorite hockey team.

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