How creative writers sprinkle foreign language into their narratives

03/25/2012 | Wall Street Journal, The

Novelist Anne Korkeakivi writes in this article that foreign words used in English prose can convey a certain mood, atmosphere and rhythm. For example, she writes, the restaurant chain Au Bon Pain's name would not have the same ring in its English form, "For Good Bread." Using foreign words is a delicate art -- the right amount can make the writing more interesting, but too many can leave the reader confused.

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