Mother Tongue

781 Words Feb 18th, 2015 4 Pages
Mother Tongue, by Amy Tan
Comprehension
1. What Tan is classifying in this essay is the different kinds of English she uses. 2. Tan identify the different categories she discusses in “Mother Tongue” almost in the last paragraph, where she named all the kind of English she uses. 3. Tan does illustrate each category she identifies 4. Some specific situations where Tan says her mother’s “limited English” was a handicap is when her mother could not be able to talk directly with people, or would not be taken serious by the people she talked to. 5. One of the effects that her mother’s limited English has had on Tan’s life is the fact that, that was the language that helped shape the way she saw things, expressed things, and
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Style and Structure 1. This essay’s style is relatively informal. I do not think a more formal style would strengthen her credibility, at least not necessarily, because more than anything, she narrates a personal experience. 2. In paragraph 6, Tan quotes a passage of her mother’s speech. With this quotation, the purpose that she wants to serve is show how her mother uses the English language to express herself. 3. In paragraphs 10 through 13, Tan juxtaposes her mother’s English with her own. The point these quoted passages make is to show how different was her mother’s English from her English. 4. Considerer the expression Mother Tongue in Tan’s title. This expression usually refers to the first language learned at home in childhood. In this case, I think it has a literally meaning, it refers to her mother tongue in specific. 5. In paragraph 20, Tan quotes a “terrible line” from an early draft of part of her novel The Joy Luck Club. I suppose she quote this line to give an example of she used to write. This line is different from the writing style she uses in “Mother Tongue” in the complexity; “Mother Tongue” is easier to read.
Vocabulary Projects
Nominalized: To convert (another part of speech) into a noun, as in changing the adjective lowly into the lowly or the verb legalize into legalization. // to convert (an underlying clause) into a noun phrase, as in changing he drinks to his drinking…