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meaning of language

What is the value of language to you? Everyone has their own view on what is the value of language. As for me it is something that you come to learn and benefited from in the near future. In two essays, one by Amy Tan, “The Language of Discretion,” and the other by Barbara Mellix, “From Outside, In.” These two authors come to benefit from the use of language as presented them from the views of others and culture. Each with different interpretations and experience with language. Amy Tan comes to benefit from language due to her heritage. To her language is what the world depends on and in order for “one [to] [function] in it [they] depend a great deal on the language used.” In Tan’s essay you receive a quick tour of her Chinese heritage. Discussing how Chinese people are looked at differently because of their language. The Chinese language in which is different from the American is not “more direct” as English. It is considered to be a “more strategic in manner.” It is because of that people have this narrow point of view on the Chinese. Amy Tan who shows you that she has benefited from the Chinese language yet, cracks jokes on the language. She states that in the Chinese language there is no one way to say just a “yes” or even just a “no.” It is that, that their known to be a “mild-mannered lot.” She continues on to say that as her vocabulary increases she is much better off functioning in a non-Chinese society. When both of her parents spoke in either Chinese or English to her, she only responsed in English, sounds like me. The differences of both languages has made her curious of what behaviours was shaped by which language. It is difficult since she feels that people see the English language as belligerent, self-confident, and “direct.” Then the Chinese language is a language of “passive tentative” and indirect. However, as she was raised and taught she did not come to se...

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