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Read the excerpt from "Mother Tongue." Lately, I’ve been giving more thought to the kind of English my mother speaks. Like others, I have described it to people as “broken” or “fractured” English. But I wince when I say that. It has always bothered me that I can think of no other way to describe it other than “broken,” as if it were damaged and needed to be fixed, as if it lacked a certain wholeness and soundness. How does Tan build a central idea of her story in the excerpt? Tan discusses her thoughts about language to build the idea that the English language does not have words to match some Chinese terms. Tan discusses her relationship with her mother to build the idea that mothers and daughters in all cultures often have misunderstandings. Tan discusses her mother’s use of English to build the idea that a form of language can be purposeful and meaningful even if it is nonstandard. Tan discusses the English language to build the idea that there is a lack of appropriate synonyms for the word “broken.”

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Chelsea Hayes on April 30, 2018

So build a central idea of his history in the extract as: So speaking of your mother, use of English to build the idea that a language can be useful and meaningful, even if it is not normalized. Amy Tan's essay "mother Tongue" is about the difficulties that child will face if you grow up in a family in which their parents speak limited English.' Amy's mother was one of those parents who was not able to speak fluent and correct English. It is through language that a person is judged by others. Amy was raised by his mother and due to this, his writing style was very much influenced by the language spoken in their home. His mother taught him that a person's perception of the world is influenced by the language spoken in the home.


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