Spicy Tongues: Mother Tongue by Amy Tan Essay

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“I am someone who has always loved language. I am fascinated by language in daily life.” Amy Tan, an Asian-American writer of the article Mother Tongue loves the different “Englishes” that can be spoken. In the article, she shares her personal feelings of when she was younger; her embarrassment of her mother’s English and even her own struggle with the language. Amy Tan effectively writes Mother Tongue through the use of diction to show the tone, portray amazing syntax, and express the vivid imagery.
Her use of personal diction expresses the tone uniquely through her opinions and feelings. Amy Tan shows that this article is personal to her due to the anecdotes throughout her paper. One story Tan shared was “when I was fifteen, she used
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Tan’s mom reads a lot of different material “all kinds of things I can’t begin to understand.” Her mother may not be able to speak English very well, but she does understand the language and reads it daily. The diction Amy Tan presented expresses her personal opinions, while her tales demonstrate that at one point she was perplexed with her mother’s English. At one point she was embarrassed of her mother’s English, but as she grew older it was not that big of a deal and learned from this by writing her novel, The Joy Luck Club. This essay is effective because it’s not hypothetical it’s real, they are her stories that happened when she was younger, she reflects on the past.
The syntax Tan uses has certain formatting patterns for important parts throughout the article giving a more overall effectiveness. One pattern is using short sentences for emphasis and then following with a longer sentence to explain the importance. The entire introduction is in this pattern and it keeps a tempo for the reader keeping them invested. An example of this is “It's my mother tongue. Her language, as I hear it, is vivid, direct, and full of observation and imagery.” She places the power and meaning on “It's my mother tongue” and she does this by making it short and to the point. The longer “Her language, as I hear it, is vivid, direct, full of observation and imagery” is the imagery piece and it gives flesh to the bones of the first

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