Language shifts In the personal narrative essay "Mother Tongue" by Amy Tan she talks about how there is a variation of the English language all over the world. Tan explains about how her English is different from her mothers. Her mother’s English is described as "broken" or "fractured"(651). It was described as this because she does not understand all of the words and sometimes she misses words. Her mother has had to learn English as a second language; it was not her first language.
In Inside Out and Back Again, Ha faces bullies that make fun of her because of her looks. Ha states, “By the end of school he yells an answer: She should be a pancake. She has a pancake face.” This quote shows that Ha gets bullied in school because of her looks. She has found a safe home where she can live happily, but gets bullied by the school kids. Ha also has to learn a new language because she had to move to a new home in a new country with a new language.
The realistic fiction short story “Charles”, written by Shirley Jackson, is from the perspective of a mother of a kindergartener. Her son, Laurie, has come home every day talking about a boy in his class named Charles. According to Laurie, Charles causes trouble everyday and is often punished. When Laurie is not talking about Charles, he is causing trouble. His parents think this misbehavior is because of Charles’s influence.
In the short story “ in-glish” by Christina Tang-Bernas. It’s where the main character was young enough to learn english and to get rid of all the lingering Chinese accent. Also wondering if there was any Chinese still with her as she listens to herself speak. As she was on the playground she would try and say things to the other kids and it wouldn’t turn out how she wanted it to be. She wanted to take placement exams for math, and english, but the front desk person only asked about the english exam.
He might say I matter, but when he goes on a scavenger hunt for a book, I realize I don’t matter” (Lopez paragraph 26). This shows that the daughter feels that her father does not care as much about her. She feels unloved and alone because her own father just blatantly left the table trying to find a book and did not stir up a conversation with her daughter. Finally, at the end of the passage, when the father greets the daughter with the book in her room, as soon as he left, she expressed, “I put the book on the nightstand and use it as a coaster. The condensation from my soda leaves a big, wet circle on the cover” (Lopez paragraph 34).
On my first day of kindergarten my mom took me to school. She walked me to class and stayed with me for a few minutes then she had to leave to go to work. I was okay for a little while then I started crying. I did not have my mom around and I did not have my grandmother around. My teacher let me call my mom and my mom told me “I was a big boy, I have to go to school and that everything would be ok, stop crying and that she loved me”.
“Charles” a story by Shirley Jackson, highlights the the narrator's son Laurie and his “classmate” Charles. Due to a serious case of parental myopia in the narrator and her husband, they fail to see that Charles is merely a clever device used by Laurie to fool his parents. Laurie uses this to his advantage and describes his own doings using the character Charles. His parents do not realise this until the very end of this story when the teacher explains that there is no such boy called Charles in her class. I believe that Jackson is trying to say that identity is not only your name and who you are, but it is also what you do and some fail to see things the way they are and not the way they think it is.
Nowadays, it is important to speak more than one language to be educated, to have friends and to get a good job. For example, before I came to the U.S. I only can speak Arabic which restricted me to communicate with people who can speak Arabic, but after I learned the English language I can communicate with most the people around the world also communicate with knowledge because the new language that I have learned changed the way that I was thinking. English language made me read more and more to be refined. As much as you read you become knowledgeable.
“We were talking about the price of new and used furniture and I heard myself saying this: “Not waste money that way” (Tan 58). Tan along with her mother completely understood what one was saying to the other but if someone else was there with them they might not have understood. The same goes when a family is talking to one another, it can become some sort of secret language that only they will understand. “But I do think that the language spoken in the family, especially in immigrant families which are more insular, plays a large role in shaping the language of the child” (Tan 60). While the language that the child is being taught at home may not seem to be efficient when used with other people, that child is able to understand what their family is
When reading a piece of literature, readers commonly wonder what the motivation behind the character’s actions were. In “Charles,” by Shirley Jackson, a kindergarten boy by the name of Laurie, meets a boy by the name of Charles at school. Laurie arrives home from school, and everyday has new tales for his parents of Charles’ mischief. “...Charles bounced a seesaw on to the head of a little girl and made her bleed...kept pounding his feet on the floor...deprived of blackboard privileges because he threw chalk.” After hearing of Charles’ stunts, Laurie’s mother addresses the teacher. The story ends when the
When Rodriguez was young, he would speak in English in school or in stores near his house, and when Rodriguez would get home from school he would speak Spanish (72). Rodriguez’s English was not the best, and because of that he would either be silent or quietly mumble when asked to participate by one of the nuns (73). Since his lack of participation was noticeable and showed little progress, some of his teachers visited Rodriguez’s home to ask his parents to “encourage your children to practice their English when they are home?” (73). Rodriguez one day walks in on his parents speaking Spanish, but when they see him they switch to English, which offends and over the days that follows angers him enough to decide to seriously learn English. Rodriguez even willingly decides to participate in class (74).