Amy Tan's Broken English Has Become A Universal Language

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English has become a Universal language In “Mother Tongue”, Tan writes about the awareness and discrimination about her broken English compared to Standard English. In Tan's essay she quotes her mother’s speech to demonstrate her mother's “Broken English”. Amy tan said “You should know that my mother’s expressive command of English belies how much she actually understands”(467). In other words, her mother had better command in English, and this was not shown in her story. The use of anecdotes and pathos, in Amy Tan’s story, Mother Tongue Narrates the discrimination of the Chinese immigrants, this prejudice takes place in the northern part of America caused by the immigrants accent. Tan figures out one must remain true to oneself in order to break the cultural barriers.…show more content…
Anecdotes is a short and personal story used to tell a personal idea or serve as an example. The Chinese immigrants experience was not good, “ The fact that people independent doors and Avenue restaurant did not take it seriously did not give good service presented not to understand hair or even abide as they did not hear her”(Tan 364). This shows how hardship on Tan’s mother was executed, also Tan’s mother was treated differently because of her “broken” English. The purpose of this anecdote is to make and show how these childhood experiences affected header. Later realizing, “ she said she had spoken good English, her best English, no mistakes. she said the hospital did not apologize and they said they had lost the cat scan”. Her mother can flawlessly speak English, she still got treated wrongly and it shows that cultural barriers are still closed in North America. The function and the fact of this is that it tells a short story of how the person was when all this was happening. Overall it shows how we don’t the experience what Tan has gone through with discrimination in North

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