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“English Not a Native Tongue”

English as a second language is an issue now days. Many people that don’t speak or write English, life tends to be a bit harsh on them. I personally have experience how difficult it is when one is not born in a family where English is not the native language. I came across two great essays, written by Amy Tan and Richard Rodriguez. These two great authors wrote about the challenges they faced while growing up in families that English was not their native tongue. Tan from an Asian family, and Rodriguez of a Mexican family. While reading these two essays I notice that they are related to each other in similar ways, although they have different outcomes. In both essays school plays a huge role, for their success of Tan and Rodriguez life. Both authors write about their family relationship, each of them express their feeling towards them. Also the parents have to do, a lot with the success of their education and in their lives.

Both essays school has a really interesting part in each author lives. For example Rodriguez essays talks about being shy, not wanting to raise his hand to answer questions been asked. He thought that the classmates would laugh at him, therefore he didn’t participate. When the nuns picked on him to read, he would mumble, he looked down at the floor, even thought the nuns told him to speak up and put his head up. After the day, 3 nuns went to Rodriguez house to speak with the parents, and to find a solution to Rodriguez behavior in class. As a non-English speaker I know how hard it is for one to speak out loud, its nerve wrecking because you don’t know if the people around are going laugh or what? With Tan situation it’s a similar path with Rodriguez. But the differences were that the school steered her to science and math subjects. She stuck to the English subject because; she saw that there was no right or wrong answer, unlike math or science. Tan school was not really involved with her parents, when it...
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