Mother Tongue By Amy Tan Essay example

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In the story “Mother Tongue”, Amy Tan tries to distinguish the difference between two different cultures as a child. She is raised by her mother who speaks “broken” English, and the outside world where perfect English is spoken. Amy had a hard time as a child because of the different Englishes that were spoken. Tan as an adult continues to find the difference between the languages that are spoken, even though she knows that the one spoken by her mother will never improve. Tan’s attitude towards mother tongue starts as being embarrassed and ashamed, because Mother Tongue was the only type of English that her mother could speak. As the essay progresses, Tan learns to accept her mother’s broken english and uses it as inspiration for her writings.
In the beginning, Tan is telling us that she is not much of a English person. She says this because she feels that she cannot give us the right answer, but she can give a personal opinion on the English language. She has learned different types of Englishes throughout her life and that helps her as a writer. She says “I am a writer. And by that definition, I am someone who has always loved language”(Tan 506). Tan says this because she has a love for language. She is not a scholar, she is a writer that loves to write using the languages that she learned when she was young and the languages that she learns as an adult. She loves language so much, that she spend lots of her time thinking of languages power. Amy thinks about how language…

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