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Teaching - Social Issues

Mother Tongue

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

Throughout Amy ***** essay, ***** compares the Engl*****h she ***** everyday, to the English she uses with family ***** close friends. She uses the English she has learned as a *****ol to express ***** stilted English th*****t ********** up her cultural memories and the words of her mother. She writes, "But ***** me, my *****'s ***** is perfectly clear, ***** natural. It's my mother tongue. Her language, as I hear it, is vivid, direct, full of 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 memories include memories ***** her mother's stilted Engl*****h, which is both comforting and cultural to her. She knows ***** ***** education and ideas are not stilted, but also recognizes that her limited ***** of speaking might make her appear "limited" or less than perfect to other l*****teners. She notes, "I've heard other terms used, 'limited English,' for example. But they seem just as bad, as if everything is limited, including people's perceptions of the limited English speaker" (Tan). ***** recognizes the way people speak may categorize them for listeners, ***** yet that categorization could often not be further from the truth. How a person *****s is as much a part of ***** cultural upbringing as it ***** about *****malized and written language, as Tan's experience clearly indicates. Her culture is interwoven with her language, ***** so, she has many d*****ferent options open to her to communicate, and ***** style depends ***** as much on her audience ***** her educati***** and understanding of ***** *****. In fact, Tan notes, "Sociolog*****ts and linguists probably will tell you that a per*****n's developing language skills are more influenced ***** peers. But I do think that the ***** spoken in ***** *****, especi*****y in immigrant families which are more insular, plays a large role in shaping the language of the child" (Tan). Families play an import*****t ***** in the development ***** *****ir *****ren, ***** language is an import*****t part of that development. ***** embarrassment about ***** m*****'s ***** is just one ***** of the culture that ********** her as she grew up. To combat her embarrassment, she ***** English as a tool to cre*****te an as*****nishing career for herself. Thus, Tan used the language ***** her youth to form her future.


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