非漂 [Fēi Piāo] Quote of the Week: Travels of a Linguistic Nomad

My attachment to my mother tongue is emotional; my attachment to English is cerebral. I feel like I need both to balance myself. Over time, I have also realized that if there is melancholy, longing, sadness in my writing, I find it easier to express these in Turkish.

But when it comes to irony, satire, sarkiness, I find it easier in English.  The word “irony” does not even exist in Turkish.

(Elif Şafak in Travels of a Linguistic Nomad)

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