The Importance of My Language...Amy Tan's Mother Tongue

Topics: Family, Affect, Jeannette Walls Pages: 3 (898 words) Published: February 7, 2011
Based on Amy Tan’s “Mother Tongue” it is evident that language has an affect on our lives. Language defines the type of person I am generally and it has had an affect on my choices as well as my lifestyle. Depending on my friends, family, and others I talk to my choice on language tends to vary. My decisions in life, sometimes, are influenced by the language I use and my surroundings. Language has become my way of seeing life in a different perspective.

In Amy Tan’s “Mother Tongue” she discusses the way the language that she was taught affected her life in so many ways. I can agree and relate to Tan’s article since I as well came from a bilingual home. I respected my parents so I always honored the language they spoke, most of the time I believe I spoke their language out of habit, it was our language as a family. In Tan’s article she quotes “So easy to read” (Tan 391) when she spoke about her mother’s verdict on her book. I had a similar story occur in my family since my mother had a tough time reading and understand english while I was growing up. I honored the way she defended herself even with her “broken” english and taught me that language is just a way of seeing the world depending on your language you can determine the way you want to go.

I grew up in a bilingual family in which my mother spoke only spanish and my father spoke both english and spanish. At home I used to only talk spanish to make my mother feel comfortable in our conversations. Many of my decisions growing up were influenced by my spanish backgrounds to some its just a language but when you speak a different language you see the world differently. Amy Tan states “It has become our language of intimacy” (Tan 385), in which I can relate to. Speaking spanish at home became our language, the language we could all connect to and understand each other, it was our language. My mother specifically taught me to be intrepid in my choice of language.

Since spanish was my language at home that...
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