Mother Tongue By Amy Tan Summary

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Mother Tongue by Amy Tan America is much diversified; it is filled with people with different backgrounds. Many people settled here in America as an immigrant to have more opportunities to start a better life. Many people came here with nothing but their cultures, knowledge, beliefs and behaviors which they shared amongst others in society. In society, starting with the earlier generation there was shared culture of classes, although everyone portrays immigrants as the lowest class. They are always disliked particularly for coming here as an immigrant, even though most people have very similar backgrounds, whether they want to admit it or not. It is how one holds themselves in society. People are divided into different social classes and are…show more content…
While talking amongst intellectuals and in professional settings like her speech seminar, she spoke in Standard English using what she learned and adapted from what was taught in school. She realized there was a slight difference in the way she communicated with people she is close to. There was a pattern in the way she speaks around them. For example her mother and her husband can’t tell the difference whether she is speaking “broken, fractured or limited” English. Even though her mom can’t speak “perfect” Standard English, don’t misjudge because she can actually understand a lot. She reads and comprehends a lot from reading the Forbes report, listening to Wall Street Week, talking with her stockbroker to reading books. Some of her friends tell her that they can understand 50 percent of what her mother is saying. Some only understand 80 to 90 percent. Some say they understand none of what she is saying, as if she were speaking pure Chinese. But to Amy, her mother 's English is perfectly clear, perfectly natural. People all around judged her as an outcast because it wasn’t perfect English as people expected. Amy witnessed firsthand examples of how her mom was being mistreated repeatedly. The fact that people did not take her seriously, they did not give her good service, they pretended not to understand her, or even acted as if they did not hear her in many places was a clear sign she was being taken advantage of. That resorted her mother to realize her simple English wasn’t essential to converse with others with the help of her daughter. She needed her daughter to impersonate her over the phone just to get her point across. Amy now notices most immigrants and families usually influence one another by the way they speak. That plays as a big role in shaping the language of

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