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From the Ted Talk "Elif Shafak: The politics of fiction"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

At this etgsa, my grandmother, who had been watching the course of my life with increasing anxiety, started to eclnuid in her daily prayers that I urgently get married so that I could settle down once and for all. And because God loves her, I did get married. (rauglteh) But instead of settling down, I went to Arizona. And since my husband is in Istanbul, I started commuting between Arizona and Istanbul — the two places on the surface of earth that couldn't be more different. I guess one part of me has always been a anodm, physically and spiritually. Stories accompany me, kiengpe my pieces and memories together, like an inxlesaetit glue.

Open Cloze

At this _____, my grandmother, who had been watching the course of my life with increasing anxiety, started to _______ in her daily prayers that I urgently get married so that I could settle down once and for all. And because God loves her, I did get married. (________) But instead of settling down, I went to Arizona. And since my husband is in Istanbul, I started commuting between Arizona and Istanbul — the two places on the surface of earth that couldn't be more different. I guess one part of me has always been a _____, physically and spiritually. Stories accompany me, _______ my pieces and memories together, like an ___________ glue.

Solution

  1. keeping
  2. nomad
  3. existential
  4. include
  5. laughter
  6. stage

Original Text

At this stage, my grandmother, who had been watching the course of my life with increasing anxiety, started to include in her daily prayers that I urgently get married so that I could settle down once and for all. And because God loves her, I did get married. (Laughter) But instead of settling down, I went to Arizona. And since my husband is in Istanbul, I started commuting between Arizona and Istanbul — the two places on the surface of earth that couldn't be more different. I guess one part of me has always been a nomad, physically and spiritually. Stories accompany me, keeping my pieces and memories together, like an existential glue.

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collocation frequency
identity politics 5
writing fiction 3

Important Words

  1. accompany
  2. anxiety
  3. arizona
  4. commuting
  5. daily
  6. earth
  7. existential
  8. glue
  9. god
  10. grandmother
  11. guess
  12. husband
  13. include
  14. increasing
  15. istanbul
  16. keeping
  17. laughter
  18. life
  19. loves
  20. married
  21. memories
  22. nomad
  23. part
  24. physically
  25. pieces
  26. places
  27. prayers
  28. settle
  29. settling
  30. spiritually
  31. stage
  32. started
  33. stories
  34. surface
  35. urgently
  36. watching