It's ancient Egypt week here at TiB because, well, I said so. The ancient Egyptians had an evolved written language that was lost for years until we found the Rosetta stone and did a lot of clever deciphering. We may have never deciphered it at all if the Egyptian culture hadn't lasted long enough to coexist with other, more modern cultures. FOCUS: What languages do you speak? How well? When have your language skills come in handy?