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Unformatted text preview: useful for taking tests, it is not good for speaking. Not only that, this learning system disrupts learning English in the USA. That is because mostly we do not use English, but analyze English. Second, speaking English as fluently as Americans do is impossible for people who are older than 20~25 years. That is because in our mind the first language is already instilled deeply. I am sure that the older a student is, the harder it is to learn English. Tan's essay Mother Tongue is mainly about the writer's own thoughts and judgment about how "broken English" compares to normal English. Moreover, through the experience she writes in the essay, she realizes that speaking a language is one of the keys to take part in a certain community....
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