In Beirut, most people don't just speak one language but three: English, French & Arabic. It's what many in Beirut call Lebanon's mother tongue — and speakers will often drift from one language to the next, mid-sentence.
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?
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.