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
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.
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 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.
In today's digital world, cybersecurity and personal safety online are becoming more and more relevant to our lives with each passing today. The lessons in this course focus on strengthening your Russian vocabulary base to better converse on this important issue. In the meantime, you also might learn a thing or two about how to better protect yourself while online! The Russian vocabulary for this course includes a nice mix of technology and security-related terms as well as important social issue vocabulary like cyberbullying.
The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster of April 1986 is one of the greatest environmental catastrophes in human history. Over 30 years later, the very word "Chernobyl" evokes eerie feelings associated with radiation, nuclear war, and a bygone Soviet era. The lessons in this Russian course will take you on a wide-ranging exploration of the Chernobyl disaster and the subsequent fallout. Along with learning details about the event itself, you will also find out the extent to which the affected area has recovered in the ensuing decades. The lessons for this course will teach you the core vocabulary related to the nuclear disaster, which is a mix of health and science-related terms.