Language And Communication In Ms. Tan's 'Mother Tongue'

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Language and communication are affected by gender and language style. Currently, we live in a world filled with a diverse group of individuals. Therefore, men and women differ in ideas on how to communicate effectively. Consequently, this causes a barrier in relationships between the opposite sexes. Language, on the other hand, determines the level of intelligence a person has and what region of the world they live in. The more proper someone sounds, the more society will take him or her earnestly. The public views persons with limited English skills as a group that is not fitting for the professional world. In conclusion, the ways we communicate and speak are powerful tools we can use to shape us into who we are or strive to be in the future. …show more content…

Tan’s article “Mother Tongue” gives us a personal insight into how strongly language can affect the way society recognizes us as individuals. When Ms. Tan was growing up, her own mother’s broken English influenced her. Her mother had trouble getting others to understand what she wanted or needed at times. This caused many to view her mother as unintelligent since she did not speak proper English. In her academics, she noticed her English test scores were never as high as other subjects. Math and science were where Tan made A’s, but she had lower scores in English. Ms. Tan speculates that other Asian American students experience the same issues in regards to having trouble excelling with …show more content…

I thought at the time that it would be an exciting language to learn. The teacher had a very heavy accent even though she spoke English quite well. It was difficult to comprehend what she was saying at times. I remember my classmates would always ask her to repeat herself, since they did not understand her either. From this experience, it made me think she was unqualified to be a teacher. Just as Ms. Tan’s article “Mother Tongue” reveals “And I had plenty of empirical evidence to support me: the fact that people in department stores, at banks, and at restaurants did not take her seriously, did not give her good service, pretended not to understand her, or even acted as if they did not hear her.” (87). In today’s society, it is crucial that we all communicate clearly since we are expected to know the proper language to use in an academic

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