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Mother Tongue by Amy Tan
Transcript of Mother Tongue by Amy Tan
TO HELP US UNDERSTAND that we must be proud of our mother tongue because it is what shapes the person that we are.
TO EDUCATE us that one's ideas are not less important or incorrect simply because of the way one expresses themselves.
SHE POSES the question 'what is true English?'
Significance of the Title - Mother Tongue
'Mother Tongue' is your native language. It is the first language you heard or spoke when you were a child.
Tan's mother tongue is her mother's language (a mix of Chinese and English), and she is PROUD of it!
Tan believes that everyone's mother tongue is important and essential in life because it makes each individual special and unique.
"That was the language that helped shape the way I saw things, expressed things, made sense of the world." (405 Tan)
Tan explains the difference in the English she learned at school and the English she learned at home.
Tan elaborates that your speech changes with the people you interact with. She admits that she uses different forms of English to create a different level of intimacy with people she associates with.
Tan points out that her mom is a very educated woman, however, strangers pretend to not understand her or just simply ignore her. Tan's mother never receives the same respect that Amy does.
As a child, Tan had a limited perception of her mother.
Tan believes that her mother's English had a HUGE role in her education.
Tan firmly believes that the reason many Asian-American students are directed more towards science and math is because of the "broken" and "limited" English spoken at home
Lastly, Tan is proud of her mother's way of expression in English and wants to write books that are easy to understand, allowing people like her mom to feel more included and connected with the English language.
By Amy Tan
Presented by Sharon Charles & Elizabeth Martin del Campo
Why did she write this essay?
Easy read and relatable
Simple and short sentences
Lists examples in 3 clauses
Style of Writing
Repetition for emphasis
Use of anecdotes