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  • Understanding Syria – A Listening Exercise

    The recent attacks in Paris, France have brought even more of a spotlight on Syria. The country had of course been in the news already, due to the fighting there, and the refugee crisis it has caused.

    The fight in Syria has gotten so complicated, with so many countries involved, that it can be difficult to understand exactly what is happening there.

    Here is a video that attempts to make it more understandable. I’ve noticed in the comments on YouTube and Facebook that quite a few people disagree with the video. If you disagree, feel free to let us know what is inaccurate about it in comments. LOI does not necessarily agree with how the Syrian conflict is described in this video, but we think it makes for a good current events listening exercise.

    Watch the video below, then see if you can answer the questions about it.


    Answer the questions in comments, and we’ll respond.

    1. What does “criss crossing” mean?
    2. How did the Syrian conflict begin?
    3. What does the word “tinge” mean in this context (hear it at 1:00).
    4. When did the U.S. get involved?
    5. How was ISIS formed?
    6. Why are the Kurds confused about the U.S.?
    7. How did Russia get involved?
    8. What do you think is happening in Syria? How do you think it will be resolved?