Amy tan reading response

Topics: English language, Second language, French language Pages: 2 (556 words) Published: September 25, 2013

Amy Tan writes, in this essay, about the language that she and her mother used in their family while Tan was growing up. She makes a great effort to explain that their language, English, was never "broken" or "simple" as most people would say about it. Although she could speak perfect English, her mother could not. But, she grew up with her mother's English way of speaking, and therefore learned to consider it as a natural language. She is trying to make a point here by saying that there is absolutely nothing wrong with speaking either "broken" or "simple" English, even though people would often treat her mother differently because of it.

At the beginning of the author’s story, she said, "I am someone who has always loved language. I am fascinated by language in daily life. I spend a great deal of my time thinking about the power of language - the way it can evoke an emotion, a visual image, a complex idea, or a simple truth." Reading these sentences make me understand the passion she has for the English language and what it can do. She also provides examples of her mother's 'broken English' as she calls it, "He come to my wedding. I didn't see, I heard it. I gone to boy's side, they have YMCA dinner. Chinese age I was nineteen." This confused me as I was reading because I did not understand the text. Then I realized that Amy Tan's "Mother Tongue" was not only about language, indeed it’s much more about the relationship of daughter and her mother. Also the changes that occurred in the perception and understanding of her mother that she had, show that she has matured in a way.

This piece of writing is very enjoyable because it’s “easy to read” as Amy Tan mother said. Also, even though I’m not Chinese, I’m not a native English speaker and I recognize myself in this essay in a way because, I often noticed that people won’t take you seriously if you don’t show them a mark of education as an invisible drawn line saying that; you should consider me...
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