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Summary for Amy Tans Mother Tongue The essay is chiefly about the writers own rumination and judgment about how broken English compared to Standard English Moreover it came to her sense that language not only authorizes individuals to participate as members of a designated community it is also a essential key in enabling individuals to establish and define the dimensions of their identity Though a lover of language and an erudite lover of language she is she has never recognized this concept until she realized that she has never appeared eloquent and rhetoric in front of her mother She once again consciously aware of the type of language she used on daily and intimacy basis when she noted that her husband did not have a slightest reaction when she uttered a grammatically wrong phrase Thinking about it she knew it was because for over twenty years living together that wrong kind of English has been used frequently in their conjugal life And it came to her sense the presence of a different sort of language the language of intimacy the familial English To demonstrate this kind of family talk Mrs Tan quoted a story that her mother had told her It was a very trivial story but the thing that worth looking at was her mothers grammar The quoted parts were filled with grammatical mistakes and the text was quite confusing Yet her mother had better command in English than all that was ostensibly showed in her story She could read very sophisticated and high level documents without much difficulty However some of Tans friends confessed that her mother language was not very comprehensive because most of them could only get 50 or less what Tans mother was trying to say But to the writers her mother tongues was
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