The Importance of Language - Using Amy Tan's Essay

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The importance of language

Amy Tan’s “Mother Tongue” (385-391) makes us aware of our use of language in daily life. In her essay Amy Tan describes how all of the English’s that she grew up with, normal English and "mother tongue" English, has molded her first view of life. I strongly agree and can definitely relate to Amy Tan’s “Mother Tongue” (385-391) inferences to language, as I also have smart parent’s who are immigrants and am their main source of communication with people who don’t take them seriously. I believe the main idea of tan’s “ Mother Tongue” is to stress that just because someone cannot speak the English language to a perfection does not in any way make them lesser in intelligence than someone who is born in this country who speaks and understands English fully.

The first reason I can relate to Amy Tan’s “Mother tongue” is I am also not a natural born citizen of the USA. I, too have parents who have their own way of speaking and understanding the English language. They are both bright and intelligent individuals , although out of my 6 siblings only I can understand and help them to the full extent. I have been my parent’s translator for as long as I can remember. Amy Tan states “like others, I have described it to people as “broken” or “fractured” English. (Tan, 387) Having to constantly be present for an appointment with my parents always made me wonder how other people viewed my parents, did they think them inferior or not educated? I have to admit always having to be there was annoying if not embarrassing, but I felt it was my duty to help them out. I would put myself in their shoes and imagined the situation reversed, they would with no doubt in my mind, help me the same way I assist them.

The second reason is just how similar her personal inferences remind me of my very own memories with my parents. For example I remember having to speak with a customer service representative for my parents. It was about overages of...
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