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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

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

Russians Around the World

Russians Around the World

  • Russian
  • Advanced
  • 19
Details

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russian emigre communities have popped up around the world with increasing frequency as many people have chosen to leave the country and seek opportunity elsewhere. Additionally, international travel becomes increasingly popular for Russian citizens, with preferred destinations in Turkey, Egypt, and Thailand, among other places, developing their industries around Russian-speaking tourists. This course takes a look at some of these "epicenters" of Russian tourism and immigration and the effects of this on local industry and culture. Sample vocabulary from this course includes: эпицентр - epicenter; бесшабашность  - recklessness; репатриант - repatriate; преграда  - barrier, obstacle; недовольство - discontent

Diseases and Outbreaks

Diseases and Outbreaks

  • Russian
  • Advanced
  • 15
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
  • 34
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
  • 14
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

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