Ngoc Ha Anh TranJanuary 30th, 2018EAP 2 WriteSummary about “Mother Tongue” by Amy TanIn the story entitled “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan, sheexplains about the knowledge and awareness on the social and culturaldifferences in “broken English” linked to standard English. As she loveswriting and she wants to share about how language can influence her life untilnow. Nevertheless, this story that she shared about tells the readers about howher background impacted her life, education and how she embraces it.
In thestory, she develops her desire to become a writer through spending time withher mother who spoke broken English. On the other hand, when she wascontributing a talk to the large group about her book “Joy Luck Club”, shediscovers herself that she delivered the message with complex English words.While her mother was there to listen to her about her book, but then she wasworried that her mother could not understand what she had spoken about. As sherealized that she was immovable between two worlds which she has to speak intwo dimensions between her mother’s world and her friends. Even though shetells the readers that a lot of her friends find it difficult to understand hermother speaking, but for herself, she did not find it hard to communicate andunderstand her mother because she used the language of her childhood that issimple English. “Mother tongue” is our first language, that is a verybeautiful present from your parent.
It is not the origin of your nationalitybut also the last land to nourish the culture. With the captivating andhumorous way of writing Amy Tan, a famous writer, has been written about herpersonal story about two different version English that she uses. She has givena very deep look into the difference in the same language- English and thestruggles that come along with it. Mother Tongue is an essay writing aboutlearning another language by the “mother tongue” way. Although we have ourfirst language, nonetheless having bilingual languages we have developing ourlanguage skills, gaining more knowledge and enlarge opportunity. English is a main language in the world, you can useEnglish to communicate with other people wherever they come from. According toAmy Tan: “Sociologists and linguists probably will tell you that a person’sdeveloping languages skills are more influenced by peers.
” (Tan, pg 365).Developing our language skill is one of the scales to judge a person in life.For instance, in my country- Viet Nam if you want to apply for a job, they willjudge you based on your education, experience, ability and English skills. Somejobs they require English in order to convenient in working.The more language you know, the more knowledge youget. Amy Tan has been using the complex sentence to speak with other people whenher mother there which was made her mother wasn’t heard before. (Tan, pg. 362).
While at home, she always uses “broken” and choppy English to communicate withher family, she never uses “a lengthy speech” to talk. As an internationalstudent, English is also my second languages so my language also very “broken”.I try my best to learn English to earn more knowledge in another subject atschool and communicate with other people.Learning other language is one of the ways to find theluck in your life. You may not know the lucky coming to you at any time andsometimes you even did not respect that. According to Amy Tan: “Fortunately, Ihappen to be rebellious in nature and enjoy the challenge of disprovingassumptions made about me. I became an English major my first year in college,after being enrolled as pre-med”.
By means that, I acknowledge everything thatshe can persuade in the future through her education and social life. As we cansee from the story she was very intelligent and smart to imposed the objectiveof her mind fullness knowledge.In conclusion, from the story of Amy Tan, we canconclude that she maintains and develops languages skills bravely in order tocomprehend the two world between her mother and her friend in her surroundings.
Other than that she was gaining so much knowledge about languages andexperience from her education. Mean a while she has a lot of opportunities tostart and enlarge her career as a writer. Based on her story we can learn fromher intelligent of getting to know more about other languages to keep ourglobal in the successful future world. SourceAmyTan, 50 essay, 2009