the article “Mother Tongue”, the author Amy Tan emphasizes the concept that we
all speak different languages unintentionally, and she expresses a perspective on the English language in various
outlooks of English. Tan, starts off by defining
what a writer means to her, which is someone who is intrigued by and loves
language. English is quite a complex language, especially to foreigners, which
is the main idea of this writing. Tan mainly talking about her mother and her
spoken English, which would often be described as, “broken”,
“fractured”, or “limited”. All three of these terms used to
describe her mother’s language hint that there is room for improvement. Tan
would like to disagree with this statement, saying that she understands her
mother’s tongue well, as well as a majority of the people Tan has asked.
Learning a new, foreign language, is difficult for anyone, but the English
language is particularly harder because of all the grammar rules and
exceptions. Foreigners do not do so well on academic tests such as the SATs
because they simply cannot comprehend the analogies and fill-in-the-blanks as
well as native speakers do. An SAT vocabulary isn’t needed to be a successful
writer because you only need to write to your audience. In Amy Tan’s story,
“The Joy Luck Club”, she wrote the entire story in the various
different English’s she has been exposed to. As a result, her mother
compliments her on how easy it was to read. 


Tan describes how we speak
differently to family compared to how we speak to people out in public. More
importantly Tan describes that we have a completely different language that we
speak within our own families and a different language that we speak out
in public. Amy relates to the experiences of her mother here in America to
describe why she believes that we speak a different language to our families
compared to the language we speak in public. Amy also talks
about how by her helping her mother has giving her the ability to learn
and experience how language is used as a tool within the social and
cultural aspects of society. Amy’s rebellious nature has giving her the
strength to continue her pursuit as a writer and lover of language when she got
her English major.

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