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.
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
The difference in language leads to miscommunication but the overlying consequence of it is lack of understanding and empathy for one another which leads to conflict. “Language takes on a metonymic relation to culture in Tan's portrayal of the gap between the mothers and daughters in The Joy Luck Club.” (Hamilton). The language barriers between the daughters and the mothers create the cultural barriers. Language barriers emphasize and directly influences cultural barriers. Cultural barriers prevent communication between people from all around the world, especially between the mothers and the daughters, and not necessarily figuratively.
The essay provides the platform for Tan to express her love for language. Additionally, she uses the essay as an indication of the fact that ‘broken English’ does not translate to lack of intelligence (Hall & Emblen, 1996). In the essay, Tan tends to focus on her mother because of the ability to learn through her experiences concerning the cruelty of people against individual they perceive to be less off in comparison to what they are within the society. In most cases, she believes that people aim at exploiting her mother based on her inability to speak clear English. The essay proves to be a narrative describing Tan’s life and experience with her
Although her mother speaks broken English, she can read and listen standard English without difficulty. For example, she reads Forbes report and listens to Wall Street Week. In her option, she thinks her mother’s English is perfectly clear and natural. It’s her mother tongue. Also, she thinks her mother’s language is vivid and full of observation, its helped shape the way she sees and makes sense of the world.
In explaining this article, in term of organization and the maintaining of the content, organization of this article is the most important characteristic of her essay which logically talks about three significant parts. In the first part, she talks about mother language, in the second part, she talks about her biography specifically learning English as second language and living with it for the rest of her life, and in the third part she talks about comfortably of a person in written and verbal expression of feeling an idea in a second language. Firstly, as all of us know the most worthy language in the world is mother language that we learn and communicate with each other in an easy way rather than other languages. Hryniewicz-Yarbrough (2016) in her article, explained the only easy language that we can learn without the
If metaphor becomes one of the everyday aspects of communication, language learners should be able to comprehend and to produce it. Danesi (1992) argues that one of the reasons of the learners’ failure in communicating like native speakers although they have studied English for years is their lack of metaphorical competence. Cameron and Low (1999) state that the teaching of metaphor is very important, and learners should have metaphoric competence to make them communicate like native speakers. In this case, it is necessary to know the learners’ present metaphoric competence in order to find out the best way to teach or encourage learners to use
Judy feels the people around her are hard to understand language. This add her ethasiasm to learn English Language more deeply. Although, judy was often beaten by his friend, he did not give up on learning English. It's normal for us to see when others are being beaten by others they will give up on their
Niella says he gets angry and frustrated, then isolates himself and gives up his intentions to get through the language barriers (14). Moreover, he also says, “In everyday conversation, it is also very annoying to pay so much attention to things that should be automatic and to give as much thought to almost every word I and the other person are using” (15). It seems that he’s annoyed to uncover unfamiliar things and gives up the language obstacles and challenges easily. This is an unacceptable idea not only for any persons who are still learning English as a second language but also for any cases. Certainly, in most of cases, if we are impatient, we won’t overcome any difficulties as well as we can’t be successful.
LITERATURE REVIEW Factors that causes lack of confidence in speaking English The English speaking performance of students are mainly affected by psychological factors whereby they have good level of grammar and vocabulary in English, however, they lack of confidence to speak. According to Elia & Irianti (2015), psychological factors are the mental factors that support or deter people for making ‘frame of mind’ to accomplish things. Lack of confidence is the feeling of uncertain of their self-worth and a sense of inferior to the others. This type of people tend to disengage themselves because they are sneaking suspicion of their own wisdom and talent. Lack of confidence implication begin from the shortcoming in various personality aspect (Elia