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Tori Taylor
English 1301.
Feb 11,2013
Second Language Speaking Affects Peoples Lives
Learning to speak a different language is hard. If you are a second language speaker different emotions go through one’s mind. Some families only speak one language in the household; therefore the kids grow up speaking just that language as well. Second language speakers go through and feel different emotions on a day to day basis. A feeling of being misunderstood, alienated, limited from doing certain things, even experiencing anxiety when going out in public. Kids going to school that do not speak English possibly have a harder time comprehending the material. But also, being an immigrant, English is the second language and affects people’s lives whether the person is on the speaking or receiving end of the information that is being given.

Some people misunderstand second language speakers, for example immigrants. In “Mother Tongue,” Amy Tan says, “When I was fifteen, she would to have me call people on the phone pretending I was she” (259). Rodriguez explains in “Private Language, Public Language” that “He learned his first words of English overhearing his parents talking to strangers, I knew just enough English to run errands to the store one block away, no more (226). In “Mother Tongue,” Tan believes that growing up with an immigrant family and the way that they speak plays a big part in the way that the child is brought up as well. In “Mother Tongue” Tan says, “My mother’s English had an effect on limiting my possibilities in life” (260). Walking into different stores was hard for Rodriguez’s parents because not only could they not speak English clearly, but it was hard for the attendants to comprehend what they were trying to say. Rodriguez explains “at one point his words slid together to form one word sounds as confused as the threads of blue and green oil in the puddle next to my shoes” (227). Tan explains “My mother’s expressive command of English belies how...
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