I just spotted a word I know in Kweyol: lakou. In Russian, dvor describes it. In Spanish, maybe patio. It is the center of a family compound. Since so many cultures arrange the dwellings where people of a particular social group cluster, like a family or other kin group or work group, around a central place, like the Cuban solar, I thought it would be fun to have people send in to my blog words in their languages for such a place. Probably courtyard works best for English.