Mother Tongue by Amy Tan Essay

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    In Amy Tan’s essay, Mother Tongue, Tan discusses her struggles growing up as an Asian-American born to Chinese immigrants. She examines certain aspects of the language she speaks and writes, against the language her mother speaks and writes. Amy has a keen grip on “proper” English, most likely due to her being raised in America. Alternatively, Tan’s mother speaks in fragments of English due to her being an immigrant who fled China’s Cultural Revolution (Amy, 1990). Tan realises her different “Englishes” when she was giving a public lecture about her book, The Joy Luck Club, she states how she had given this talk to “half a dozen other groups” (Amy, 1990) and that she suddenly realised one major difference in this group, a difference which put…

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    The story of the, "Mother Tongue" by Amy Tan, expresses a unique perspective on the English language in various people's perspectives of English. As a daughter of a Chinese immigrant, Tan writes about situations where she saw limitations imposed upon her mother because of her language skills. She also discusses the perceptions and judgments that people make when spoken to with imperfect English. Tan stresses in her essay the huge effect that her mother’s language had on her identity as a person…

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    Amy Tan is a bestselling author born in 1952. She has written several novels focused on mother-daughter relationships. In Mother Tongue, Tan analyzes the different “Englishes” she uses in everyday life and why some are considered better than others. Tan’s mother, a Chinese immigrant, speaks in what some call a “broken” form of English (543). She claims her mother is treated unfairly because of her fractured language. Because Tan grew up speaking the English of her mother, she could understand…

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    At a young age, children are exposed to different environments which can ultimately affect their character. Where and who they live with might determine how one grows up. For example, Amy Tan was embarrassed of the lack of English her mother knew because of how people treated her. She faced discrimination since everyone taught she should’ve majored in Math and not in English or creative writing. Ben Carson encountered racism and self-doubt. When he was young he felt stupid compared to other…

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    Response to Amy Tan’s “Mother Tongue” Amy Tan, a famous Chinese-American novelist, in her essay "Mother Tongue", tells us she live with a “broken English” mother and it had a negative impact on her English performance. Nevertheless, she never gave up and chose English as her major. Fortunately, her books are recognized by the world and she became a best-selling author. Finally, she using her own special English in her writing career and reveal her mother’s thoughts. Why her mother did not speak…

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    We Can All Relate Somehow As Amy Tan shows embarrassment over her mother’s English, my parents didn’t know any English. They could understand more of it over the years but they couldn’t get themselves to speak it. I have always felt limited by my English skills, especially in school. In the reading by Amy Tan, “Mother Tongue” I relate to the whole essay. Has I was reading along in my head I was remembering all my own experiences as she mentioned in “Mother Tongue.” With my limited English I had…

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    thought how about much work it takes to overcome obstacles throughout your life? In "Mother Tongue" Amy Tan knew how hard her mother tried to defend herself from other people, but in instances people said they did not understand what Amy's mother was saying. "And I had plenty of empirical evidence to support me: 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…

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    The essay “Mother Tongue” written by Amy Tan tells readers that she had two different types of languages that she speaks. One is used for the public and the second used at home with her mother. During a large conference she was telling about a book she had written and was using Standard English. Suddenly she remembers that her mother was there and never heard Ms. Tan speak this way. When Ms. Tan was at home with her mother they spoke in the same way and fashion. Many times, in the writer’s…

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    it is typical of Americans to marginalize those who have not yet assimilated to American ways and customs. In the case of Amy Tan, her mother was affected by her inability to speak English as coherently as others. Her “broken English,” as Tan calls it, caused her to be treated unfairly in society. In “Mother Tongue,” Amy Tan discusses this phenomenon in American culture, and uses stories from her own life to develop a unique stance on the issue. Through the lens of personal anecdotes and other…

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    In the essay “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan, it shows how Chinese-Americans are affected with the proper english language than Americans. In this essay, Chinese-Americans are represented as human beings who do not have those same high abilities educationally as Americans do. Chinese-Americans have the chance of not being understood, which is a thing that can affect them in life. To show how Chinese-Americans do not have the same high abilities as Americans, educationally, Amy provides an example of…

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