Noam Tsuriely is a 28-year-old Jewish Israeli hip-hop artist from Jerusalem, whose debut album will drop later this summer.

This Israeli rapper brings people together through multilingual lyrics

Planet Hip Hop

Noam Tsuriely is a 28-year-old Jewish Israeli hip-hop artist from Jerusalem He says he likes to rap in both Hebrew and Arabic to get Israelis and Palestinians to learn both languages, so they can understand each other better. Tsuriely’s story is the latest in The World’s summer “Planet Hip Hop” series.

Dima Basha (right) watches dubbed cartoons with her daughter, Angelina, to help her learn formal Arabic.

How SpongeBob SquarePants is helping one Syrian woman preserve her culture for her daughter

A Syrian class in Istanbul. Many of the students hadn't attending school for years.

Syrian parents in Turkey worry their kids are losing their culture

Black and white photo of man at table, with books

How a Lebanese immigrant helped pave the way for the study of Islam and Muslim culture in the US

Hani Abo Awad teaches Arabic at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School of Greater Washington. He is an Arab-Israeli.

The teacher’s an Israeli Arab, the students are Jewish American and the subject is Arabic

An Egyptian women shops at a vegetable market in Cairo, Egypt

Learn Arabic in just 25 years


American travel and food writer Zora O’Neill studied Arabic for seven years when she was younger. In 2011, post-Arab Spring, she traveled the Arab world to learn how the language is spoken by people as different from one another as Moroccans and Emiratis. Her new book, “All Strangers are Kin,” is a travel memoir held together by her passion for the language.

Ghaith is a Syrian refugee living in Beirut. He can't work there but now he can earn a living as an online Arabic teacher.

This startup helps Syrian refugees earn a living. All they need is a laptop.


NaTakallam connects Syrian refugees with jobs, even in countries where they aren’t allowed to work.

Linguists Arik Sadan (in his Israeli Army days) and Sobhi Bahloul. Sadan is an authority on the Arabic language. Bahloul authored the Hebrew curriculum for Gaza's Palestinians.

A tale of two linguists and the conflict that separates them


Israeli linguist Arik Sadan is an authority on the Arabic language. Palestinian Sobhi Bahloul is Gaza’s best-known Hebrew teacher. They share a love for the other’s native tongue. But these two linguists have never met.

Rihab Massif teaches at a preschool in Austin, Texas. Her mother tongue is Arabic.

You may not know it — but if you speak Spanish, you speak some Arabic too


Joy Diaz speaks English and Spanish. When she met her daughter’s Arabic-speaking teacher, she realized how many Arabic words she also knows.

Translator extraordinaire Ayub Nuri on the right, along with reporter Aaron Schachter and their driver Abdulrazzaq Zanjeel at a street cafe in Baghdad in 2003.

Fixers are a foreign reporter’s best friend — and often their lifeline


Spoiler alert: A behind the scenes look at foreign correspondents that you may not want to know! A good interpreter, or “fixer,” can make the difference not only between a good story and a bad one, but between life and death.