In thearticle “Mother Tongue”, The writer Amy tan lets us know that every human beingspeaks different languages unconsciously and people like us around them judgethem on what they do or how they speak, we are eventually putting them in categorizesby the way they speak, which is completely wrong.
The author is a writer who is”fascinated by language in her daily life” and uses language as a daily part ofher work as a writer. In the paragraphs 2 and 3 she tells the reader of theexperiences that made her realized the different types of “Englishes”she uses. For example, when she noticed one of her “Englishes” was when walkingwith her mother and husband, she replied saying “not to waste money that way”which for her is an language used only by her family. Her mother’s “broken”English lets the readers know how much she actually understands and how muchshe struggles to speak a different language, this reminds us that even thoughher mother’s English seem to be “broken” it does not reflect her intelligenceor the way she is. She emphasizes the fact that her mother recognizes that heropportunities and interactions with her in life are tightly limited by the wayshe speaks out to others. In a different experience, tan describes a personalexperience about a day, her mother went to the family doctor of hers to get theresults of a scan, the doctors ignored her, she was being ignored because oflanguage abilities her mother had.
That scenario represents how people behavewhen you do not know English. The writer says that people should be taking aperson seriously because of their language can have dangerous consequences. AmyTan comes to the conclusion that the language spoken, in immigrant families,plays a major role in shaping the language of a child. She realized that Asiansdo better in math rather than English, as they are not supported to speak Englishat their home. With Tan’s mother’s influence the writer decided to write herstories for people with “limited” English. Just likethe author, I have something in common as well, I also grew up in a newly immigrantfamily whose English might seem “limited” to others.
I sometimes too have to bethe spokesperson for my mom or my dad. The idea of people categorizing otherpeople by the way they speak I believe it is completely wrong. After reading”Mother Tongue” my belief of not judging someone by the way they speak has mademe feel much proud of what I think and what others can also think, it has alsoreminded me of all those high school times when my friends would say somethingbad about a person behind their back because they couldn’t express their ideasor feelings because their language skills was either broken or limited.