the article “Mother Tongue”, the author Amy Tan emphasizes the concept that we
all speak different languages unintentionally, and she expresses a perspective on
the English language in various outlooks of English. Tan starts off by defining
what a writer means to her: someone who is intrigued by and loves language.
English is quite a complex language and especially to foreigners. Tan mainly talking
about her mother’s spoken English: “It has always bothered me that I can think
of no way to describe it other than “broken,” as if it were damaged and needed
to be fixed, as if it lacked a certain wholeness and soundness.” Yet Tan also
says that she understands her mother’s tongue well, being as her mother seems
to get the main point across. Learning a new language is difficult for anyone,
but the English language is a bit harder because of all the grammar rules and
exceptions. Foreigners don’t do so well on academic tests like the SATs because
they simply cannot comprehend the material as well as native speakers do.
Tan describes how we
speak differently to family compared to how we speak to people out in public.
More importantly, Tan describes that we have a completely different language
that we speak within our own families and a different language that we
speak out in public. She also speaks about how helping her mother has
given her the ability to learn and experience how language is used as
a tool within aspects of society. Has given her the strength to continue
her pursuit as awriter and lover of language, even when she did not believe she
could do it.