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Teaching - Social Issues

Mother Tongue

The purpose of this paper is to introduce, d*****cuss, and analyze the essay "Mother *****," by Amy Tan. Specifically, it will analyze how the author uses rhetorical strategies to make her argument, while cr*****iquing cultural st*****ards. Amy Tan writes of the different forms of English she uses in her life, while illustrating the myriad ways that people express themselves depending on their audience and their needs. Everyone uses ***** phrases ***** expressions ***** on their surroundings and their goals. Tan's essay applies to all of us, and beca*****e of this, it is easier to read and easier to apply to everyday and classroom situations.

Throughout Amy Tan's essay, she compares the English she uses everyday, ***** the ***** she ***** with family and close friends. She uses the English she has learned as a tool to express the stilted English ***** *****s up her cultural memories and the words of her mo*****r. She writes, "But to me, my mother's ***** is perfectly clear, ***** natural. It's my mother *****ngue. Her language, as I hear it, is vivid, direct, full ***** observation and imagery. That w***** the language that helped shape ***** way I saw things, expressed things, made sense of the world" (Tan). Therefore, some of Tan's earliest ***** include me*****ies ***** her *****'s stilted English, which is both comforting ***** cultural to her. She knows her mother's education and ideas are not stilted, but also recognizes ***** her limited way of speaking might make her appear "*****" or less than perfect to other listeners. She notes, "I've *****d ***** terms used, 'limited *****,***** for example. But they seem just as bad, as if everything is limited, including people's perceptions ***** the limited English speaker" (Tan). Tan recognizes the way people speak may categorize them for listeners, and yet that categorization could often not be further from the truth. How a person *****s is as much a part of their cultural upbringing as it ***** about formalized and wr*****ten language, as Tan's experience clearly indicates. Her culture is interwoven with her *****, ***** so, she has many different options open to her to communicate, and ***** style depends ***** as much on her audience ***** her educati***** and understanding of the language. In fact, Tan **********, "Sociolog*****ts and linguists probably will tell you that a per*****n's developing ***** skills are more influenced ***** peers. But I do think that the language spoken in the family, especially in immigrant families which ***** more insular, plays a large role in shaping the language ***** ***** child" (Tan). Families play an important ***** in the development of their children, and language is an import*****t part ***** that development. ***** embarrassment ***** her mother's ***** is just one part of the culture ***** shaped her as she grew up. To combat her embarr*****sment, she ***** English as a tool to cre*****te an as*****nishing career for **********. Thus, Tan used the ***** ***** her youth to form her future.

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