The Reflection Of Language In Mother Tongue By Amy Tan

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Without language the world would be a dull and morose place. Language allows us to expression ourselves. People create a reputation with the words they say, but reputations should not be solely based on which words someone uses, how they say them, or if those words are correct according to his high school English professor. Opinions should be based on passion in their voice. Language should be loved, and not ridiculed if a person sounds “funny.” Through “Mother Tongue,” Amy Tan appeals to people looking in a disdainful manner upon people with a “broken” language. She forms an extolling tone towards language to attempt to teach others to be more welcoming to different cultural barriers in our language.
The very first sentence of Amy Tan’s essay
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Many people, including Amy Tan, Looked down upon her mother because of her “broken” English. Amy started noticing it more and more as she grew up and learned to speak a professional English. Reflectively, Amy Tan ridicules society through her personal experiences and powerfully declares, “… the fact that people in department stores, at banks, and at restaurants did not take her seriously, did not give her good service, pretended not to understand her, or even acted as if they did not hear her,” (Tan para. 8). Her mother was ignored and looked down upon in regular public areas. People would pretend like they could not understand her because they thought her dialect was funny since it was not the typically English. Not only in a restaurants or banks, Tan’s mother was also treated with disdain at a hospital over a life threatening matter. In Tan’s family, her father and brother had previously died of brain tumors, and there was a brain tumor found in her mother’s brain. She had already had a CAT scan, and was following up with an appointment to see if the tumor was benign or not. The doctor claimed they had “lost” the CAT scan and she would have to have another taken. Tan’s mother begged the doctors to call her Amy, and when they finally did, they agreed to work their hardest to find the CAT scan and apologized for the suffering she has gone through, (13). …show more content…
She admits, “I was told by my former boss that writing was my worst skill and I should hone my talents toward account management,” (18). Because she is Asian American, her writing is not solely American, but her writing has something many others doesn’t, passion to write. Even though she may not speak English perfectly, she exemplifies her passion for writing through using person pronouns like “I” and anecdotes to relate her own life and points of views to her writing. Tan uses her opinion on standardized testing to prove that a test like that, with perfect English, cannot show passion. Many foreigners, specifically Asians, do extraordinarily better on math standardized tests than English ones (17). Asians tend to not do as well on English because they are native to the language. Tan successfully proves that even though her sentences may not have a top notch word choice, or a perfect sentence structure, she and her mother have passion to write and to share their ideas with the people they are with. She incorporates personal pronouns to improve her passion. At the end of her essay, she includes her epiphany of how she is inspired by her mother’s “broken” English and she wants, “to capture what language ability tests can never reveals: her intent, her passion, her imagery, the rhythms of her speech and the nature of her thoughts,” (20). Through saying “I

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