The article 'Mother Tongue ' by author Amy Tan is about the variations in the English language the author uses in her life. She describes her English when giving a speech to a other people, English she uses when speaking to her mother, and English she uses in her writing. She tells of difficulties faced by both her mother and herself from these many differences. Amy 's goal in this article is to show that a person does not have to speak proper English to be seen as smart or intelligent. Amy explains the many variations of English that she had been exposed to and still uses.
“Not waste money that way” (Tan 68). Can you understand what is the message of the sentence would like to spread? I am sure that your answer is certain. However, the problem is that this sentence contains grammatical errors. In Mother Tongue, Amy Tan shows the discrimination towards her mother’s “broken English” and the impact of the language brought to her.
By using easily understood English and short sentences, Tan is humbling herself before her audience and makes the text immediately intimate. It is a text that her mother could comprehend and read with ease. To allow the readers to connect to her story even further, Tan quotes her mother in her broken English. This shows the reader how difficult it can be to understand Tan's mother's English and how different it is from the English Tan has learned through formal
After reading Mother Tongue by Amy Tan, my perspective changed about the struggles for people who are not as good at English. All throughout this article Tan uses personal experience from her mom to show the readers the struggle while also using primary sources to back up her claim. All the evidence backs up her initial claim and as the reader your perspective changes after reading about how she personally was effected. The author 's main claim of Mother Tongue is to persuade people so respect people who struggle with English because she has serval personal connections, she has fact based proof, and she is an experienced writer on this topic and in general. All throughout the reading she uses many personal stories and personal experiences on how difficult it was for her mother to go through her everyday life.
What she previously thought was “bad” English is merely a language variation, each variation with its own history and culture. Lanehart now believes these variations need to be celebrated and that they don't always need to be corrected. The more Lanehart learned, the more she believed that English can vary as long as we can all understand each other. Lanehart decides she doesn’t want to correct people anymore. However, she noticed people kept asking her for help.
Argument Paragraph #1 for “First Amendment Junky” Some things are just better left unsaid, because the wrong words in the right hands will be unassailably distressing. So why even take the risk on not condoning censorship when we’ve all met that 1 person with loose lips that has said something deviously spiteful. To clarify, devious means showing a skillful use of underhanded tactics to achieve goals and spite means a desire to hurt, annoy or offend someone. The fact that these words, even exists makes me question those who question censorship. My sister told me a story last week on how her daughter’s school indulged in an activity to where the 5th graders made a mural on out of school current events and how it relates to their lives,
Her advice is intended to help her daughter, but also to scold her at the same time. This mother is strong believer in domestic knowledge and believes that through this wisdom her daughter will be spared from a life of promiscuity or being, in her words, a "slut". Most importantly, it allows readers to see the detrimental measures of gender roles that are brought upon young girls just coming into womanhood. It is through the understood setting, constructive
In the novel The Awakening Edna faces many internal conflicts. These include her role as not only just a women during the this era, but as, more specifically, a wife and mother. She learns more about herself throughout the novel and is empowered by what she feels she could be. Although she is tied down by society’s expectations of her, Edna finds her true self and is inspired to pursue a life outside of what is expected. The Awakening is an example of a novel with a character that plays an important role because of her alienation due to her gender, class, race, and religion, and revelation about society’s assumptions and moral values.
In the short story, Tan talks her story of the English she speaks, and how much people her around can change the way you converse. For example, at home, she speaks to her mother in a “broken” English so her mother can understand the conversation. When she is talking to people she works with, she uses
It also has an impact on the way people generally act or the behavior that they display in certain situations. One reason why this happens is that, when it comes to our emotions and the way we express them, there are distinctions between our mother tongue and the other languages. Hence, these are linked with different cultural models and emotional scripts. The experience of the author is edifying regarding this matter – she cannot find suitable words in English to describe her baby granddaughter simply because she feels that this register does not adjust to the emotional world to which the baby belongs to her. Therefore, there are also ways of behaving that bilingual people do not embrace when they find themselves in a context which is not tied to their native cultural