mother toungue

Length: 5 Pages 1333 Words

Changing Languages In the essay Mother Tongue the author, Amy Tan discusses many issues including language and cultural barriers faced by her and her family when she was growing up. Tan also discusses stereotypes and lack of respect brought on by her ethnic background and the struggles brought about by being Asian in America. Amy discusses communication problems between her and her mother although they were very close. And the set backs faced because of these communication problems that her family had with the rest of society. Amy Tan realized how much surroundings including people can change the way you use and learn the English language for both the good and for the bad. Throughout her life Amy was able to absorb the different types of language that she heard around her to better her life and career. Amy Tan’s unique background, of growing up as an Asian in America, has made her writing more dynamic than all of the American authors, the way that Tan has learned to use the English language has given her writings a dimension that no other author could possibly have. Amy admits that although she is a writer she is not a scholar of the English language or literature. Her entire introduction of Mother tongue relates to En Continue...


These subconscious changes only make you a stronger more multidimensional user of the English language. "I spend a great deal of my time thinking about the power of language. She realized that it was a necessary thing because language is a strong thing that needs to change depending on society. Amy Tan's mother was also aware of the change in the way you speak. Even though it is incorrect English you can see that even a quote like "Not waste money like that is more sincere and comfortable language than the professional language she uses at speeches. She learned from every experience she ever had with the English language. The setbacks that Amy endured in the English language only made her a stronger writer of the English language. "I think my mothers English almost had an effect on limiting my possibilities in life as well. "It has become our language of intimacy, a different sort of English that relates to family talk, the language I grew up with. This is the way that Amy has grown up talking with her mother and this is the English that she has adapted to using with her mother. With her mother she would never use those words she uses simple broken English "Not waste money like that. Amy has learned to use this changing of language both in her writing and in her life. This was the reason that she was pushed towards math. She made her goal disproving critics and in the end she found a way to use her many different ways to speak the English language to her advantage.