5 Yiddish words I wish we had in English

Turns out ancestral Yiddish goes much deeper than "Seinfeld" jokes.
Nov 2, 2016

5 Tagalog words I wish we had in English

A language of resistance, diaspora and deep longing, Tagalog pinpoints the sentiments of this heavy-hearted activist.
Oct 19, 2016

5 Hindi words I wish we had in English

Have you ever wondered how "namaste" is really used in India?
Oct 12, 2016

5 Urdu words I wish we had in English

If your "Phuppo" (aunt on the father's side) looks at you with "mohabbat" (loving adoration) you might want to check if that look is sideways, according to Urdu and South Asian stereotypes.
Oct 5, 2016

5 Russian phrases I wish we had in English

"My, this is fine mushroom weather today!" and other Russian expressions, words and phrases.
Sep 28, 2016
Spanish Language (Photo from Flickr by Margaret Almon)

5 Spanish words I wish we had in English

Get a little teased if you mix Spanish and English into Spanglish, but expect eternal wrath if you bring vergüenza on your Mexican family!
Sep 21, 2016

5 Brazilian Portuguese phrases I wish we had in English

Brazilian Portuguese may just have its own vocabulary for describing Brazil's own unique political climate.
Aug 17, 2016

5 Taiwanese phrases I wish we had in English

Mandarin is more common in bigger cities like Taipei and places like department stores, but Taiwanese is the sound of the night markets and bustling streets.
Aug 3, 2016
Alia Marsha (third from right) and her family celebrating Eid al-Fitr in Indonesia in 2011. "Every year, the younger siblings of the family would make visits to the older ones. Since my father is the youngest of 8 siblings, we would go to so many houses which was a curse because traffic but a blessing because food!" (Courtesy photo)

5 Indonesian phrases I wish we had in English

How do say someone's so not funny, that they are worthy of charity laughter? No word for it in English, but Indonesian has an answer.
Jul 27, 2016

5 Farsi phrases I wish we had in English

Five Farsi phrases and words that make you wish English wasn’t so boring.
Jul 20, 2016

5 Somali words I wish we had in English

Out of touch with your cultural roots? Well there's a Somali term just for you that suggests booting you back to your homeland.
Jul 13, 2016

5 Amharic words I wish we had in English

Can't quite find the right word to express how you're feeling? Try these handy Amharic phrases that just don't have an equal in English.
Oct 6, 2015

5 Chinese phrases I wish we had in English

The English language should take a cue from these five Mandarin Chinese phrases.
Jun 17, 2015

5 Arabic words I wish we had in English

As a second-generation nuss-nuss (“half n’ half”) Arab American who is Lebanese and German,  it was only in my adult life that I took a keen interest in my grandparents’ language. I took a standard Arabic course in Seattle, then traveled to Lebanon to learn the spoken language, only to be evacuated in the summer […]
Apr 22, 2015