Analysis Of Mother Tongue

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Being a person who grew up around Spanish speaking relatives and friends, I’ve grown to accept that everyone is different. Some were born in the U.S. while others came here from another country. Those who came from another country aren’t going to know the same language as us, and if they do, it will be “broken” English. I was able to relate myself to Amy Tan’s essay titled “Mother Tongue.” Amy Tan’s mother grew up knowing Chinese, but living in the United States, she had to learn English. Her English was difficult to understand because she was missing words when she’d speak. Her daughter, Amy, classified her English as being “broken” because it wasn’t completely like others. To Amy her mother tongue seemed perfectly fine because that is the …show more content…
She speaks in this manner to communicate with her audience in a way that we could understand and relate to her writing. Tan’s intention is to stress that just because someone can 't speak the English language perfect, it doesn’t make them less intelligent than someone who grew up speaking English fluently. This is the struggle immigrants face because of society. Society tends to mock, embarrass, or criticize how they speak because it isn’t something they’re used to. I’ve met many people from different parts of the world throughout my life, and each one of them has had a strong accent. I have even had professors with strong accents, but that doesn’t mean they are not smart. In fact, they are smarter than someone who has lived in the U.S. their entire life. The downfall of today’s society is, by not being able to speak fluent English, finding a job can become very difficult. Even if you are born in the U.S, many households only speak their native tongue, so a person can grow up learning a different language and have broken English when they …show more content…
Many people who come from wealthy families are living life to the fullest, and celebrities do the same, but it does not mean that a person who is living paycheck to paycheck has to spend everything they have on the latest trends. However, because society has a tendency to get into the minds of people admiring them, they are the reason so many children are obsessed with the latest shoes, cell phones, tablets, just everything overall. They tend to use the children to get what they want and that’s to bring business their way. This trend has an old title, “Keeping up with the Joneses.” I never knew what that meant until now. When searching for a real meaning behind the term, “keeping up with the Joneses,” I found an article titled “A Praying Woman.” I really enjoyed how Brunson was able to compare this term to the bible. She compared how Cain became jealous when he saw the Lord showed favor in Abel’s offerings to the Lord. “Cain began to compare his offering with his brother’s and wondered why he did not receive favor from the Lord. He grew angry and resulted in killing his brother in the field” (Genesis 4). This shows that the judgment from society is not something that just arose on its own. It began long before any of us were born. In her article she clearly states, “We live in a society that tells us that we are not good enough. We

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