Individuals who speak the English language speak it in different ways depending on where they are from or how they grew up hearing it. A language can be manipulated into any number of ways which each vary in some way from the parent English language. “Mother Tongue,” is an essay based on the power of language; without boundaries on the English language, a person who doesn’t understand a language well is considered to be uneducated, in my opinion, this is being discriminatory towards individuals such Amy Tan’s Mother.
Amy Tan gives an example where she had to use a different version of English while on the phone with her mother’s stockbroker, “Why he don’t send me check, already two weeks late. So mad he lie to me, losing me money.” And then I said in perfect English, “Yes, I’m getting rather concerned. You had agreed to send the check two weeks ago, but it hasn’t arrived.” (P.10-11) Later in her story, Tan depicts the shame she felt observing the negative reaction her mother received from others, While they were at department stores, banks, and restaurant the employees did not take her seriously, they did not give her good service, also they would act if they didn’t hear what she said. Amy Tan states that “like others, I have described it to people as ‘broken’ or ‘fractured’ English” (p.8) She explained to us that for her mother to understand what others are speaking, she has to translates it in a way that her mother will comprehend.
In my opinion, I think that people who don’t know that they will have interactions with people who speak in non-native English and treat them disrespectfully are ignorant. No matter what individuals say Tan believes that her mother’s “English” is interesting regardless, of it being entangle with the passion and directness that characterized her mother’s character. Amy explains that her mother’s English is perfectly clear, Tan views the “English” that’s distinguished as broken and inferior as exceptional, familiar and the expression of how her mother view the world even though at times she feels embarrassed by the way her mother speaks English.
“Mother Tongue,” is an essay based on the power of language; without boundaries on the English language, a person who doesn’t understand a language well is considered to be uneducated, in my opinion, this is being discriminatory towards individuals such Amy Tan’s Mother. She doesn’t have a problem with how her mother’s speak but she does have an issue of that fact that she is treated wrong. Despite this, Amy thinks that her mother English doesn’t define the type of person she is.