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Running head: MOTHER TONGUE 1 Mother Tongue Darlene Porter ENG 121 English Composition Professor Sharon Linne January 12, 2018 Internal
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MOTHER TONGUE 2 Mother Tongue Amy Tan’s, Mother Tongue, explains the challenges being raised by parents whose English accent was not entirely clear and how this environment affected her outlook on herself and how society categorize them. Mrs. Tan, a Chinese novelist, gave the description of growing up with different languages and how it groomed her to be who she was today. The language spoken in their home compared to everyone that grew up speaking the English language was considered “broken.” Tan noticed that the language barrier created embarrassment and judgmental opinions by other individuals. Reading through this essay, Ms. Tan gave examples of her being the translator for her mother in several situations because her English was not entirely understandable. In Mother Tongue, Amy Tan argues that the language barriers amongst people has its many setbacks; however, knowing how to overcome the differences in the language she grew up with compared to the language accepted in today’s society has helped her grow as a person. The art of language is a way that many cultures use to express themselves as a group of people. Unfortunately, due to the standards many have placed in society, there are many people out there that are judged based on their ascent of the American English language. For many of us that are from foreign places or right from the backwoods of any country town right here in the U.S.; we are judged based on how we speak the American language. When Amy was giving her
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