Amy Tan 's Mother Tongue Essay

841 Words Aug 20th, 2015 4 Pages
Being a person who grew up around Spanish speaking relatives and friends, I’ve grown to accept that everyone is different. Some were born in the U.S. while others came here from another country. Those who came from another country aren’t going to know the same language as us, and if they do, it will be “broken” English. I was able to relate myself to Amy Tan’s essay titled “Mother Tongue.” Amy Tan’s mother grew up knowing Chinese, but living in the United States, she had to learn English. Her English was difficult to understand because she was missing words when she’d speak. Her daughter, Amy, classified her English as being “broken” because it wasn’t completely like others. To Amy her mother tongue seemed perfectly fine because that is the English she grew up hearing her mother speak. Tan states, “I spend a great deal of my time thinking about the power of language- the way it can evoke an emotion, a visual image, a complex idea, or a simple truth” (262). She speaks in this manner to communicate with her audience in a way that we could understand and relate to her writing. Tan’s intention is to stress that just because someone can 't speak the English language perfect, it doesn’t make them less intelligent than someone who grew up speaking English fluently. This is the struggle immigrants face because of society. Society tends to mock, embarrass, or criticize how they speak because it isn’t something they’re used to. I’ve met many people from different parts of the world…

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