Mother Tongue by Amy Tan

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In "Mother Tongue," Amy Tan explains that she uses multiple "Englishes" in her daily life. What is your response to Amy Tan's point about the value of different languages?

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This question is asking you to make a very personal response or connection to the text, so your answer will be shaped by your own experiences and opinions. A number of answers are acceptable as long as they are rooted in an accurate understanding of Tan's message. One underlying message of Tan's essay has to do with the concept of "code-switching," the decision to use different dialects and forms of English when a person is in different settings. For instance, a teenager will speak differently to their friends than to a teacher. Someone might speak at home in a dialect that is specific to their culture or region and then "switch" to speaking standard American English at a job interview. Have you had either of those experiences? Do you speak the same way at home as you do at school? Do you speak the same way with your friends as with an older person or authority figure? Do you see the different types of language you speak (home language, dialect, slang, and so on) as part of your...

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