Renata Flores, an indigenous Peruvian, is also an Internet sensation. That happened after a video of her singing a Michael Jackson hit went viral. Flores wasn't singing the song in English or Spanish. Instead, she sang it in her native tongue, Quechua.
If you've ever struggled through Marcel Proust's seven-volume epic, "Remembrance of Things Past," you have C.K. Scott Moncrieff to thank. Moncrieff introduced the French novelist to the world with his translation, while also living lives as a poet, soldier and spy in his own right.
When the Nazis wiped out Jewish life and culture during World War II, it was hard to imagine it would ever come back in Poland. But it is starting to return. Though it's not Jewish people who are leading the way.
A bunch of places in Ukraine and Crimea end in "-opol", from the ancient Greek word for city: polis. That's no accident. Russia chose those names after conquering the Black Sea region from the Turks. But why?
Remember the last time you saw a foreign language film? You sat down in the dark, popcorn in hand, and for the next two hours you read all those subtitles. But even if you've seen a lot of subtitled movies, you've probably never thought of who wrote those fleeting words on the screen?
These days, the word "thug" is bound up in questions of racial discrimination in the United States. So it may be surprising that it's actually an Indian word that referred to a notorious group of 14th-century robbers and killers.
Alan Eyre is a familiar name to many Iranians. He's the US State Department's Persian-speaking spokesman. Fluent in Persian, Eyre can dole out centuries-old poems and proverbs that leave Persian speakers bewildered.
There's been a lot of noise around the way young women talk — or the way men and older women think they talk. While the current controversy is an American one, the perception of difference between men and women on speech is international.