Mother Tongue Questions and Answers

Mother Tongue

Amy Tan's essay “Mother Tongue” can appeal to a broad audience, but it is also geared toward a particular subset of that audience. Broadly speaking, Tan writes her essay for anyone interested in...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2020, 7:57 pm (UTC)

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Amy Tan's essay "Mother Tongue" discusses the way that language changes, and the ways it stays the same, inside contexts of immigration and generational time. It explores these ideas through how...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2019, 2:08 pm (UTC)

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In her essay “Mother Tongue,” Amy Tan indeed argues that a speaker’s command of a language belies their knowledge, thoughts, and worth. She demonstrates this claim by illustrating that her mother’s...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2020, 11:01 pm (UTC)

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The principal method of organization Amy Tan uses in “Mother Tongue” is that of comparison and contrast. The essay contrasts two types of English, the formal variety “filled with carefully wrought...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2019, 4:23 am (UTC)

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Amy Tan, like many children of immigrants, has more than one identity, and these identities are primarily defined by language. Tan says that her identity as a writer was originally separate from...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2020, 2:47 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2018, 4:03 pm (UTC)

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The term “context” can apply to any elements that are relevant to a text that are not thoroughly developed within the text. Knowing the context often provides clues to interpretation of important...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2020, 3:49 am (UTC)

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The term "mother tongue" means "native language." Tan's title is a play on words which makes the point that her own mother tongue is not the same as that of her mother, a native speaker of Chinese....

Latest answer posted March 28, 2020, 6:52 pm (UTC)

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In "Mother Tongue" by Amy Tan, "different Englishes" are the various forms of English languages and the different circumstances in which the author utilizes them. Every form of English represents...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2019, 10:43 pm (UTC)

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The second paragraph of Amy Tan's "Mother Tongue" explicitly establishes her primary identity. She begins the second paragraph with the topic sentence "I am a writer." By that, she goes on to...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2020, 9:26 pm (UTC)

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At one point in "Mother Tongue," Amy Tan wonders why it is that there aren't more Asian Americans represented in American literature and why there aren't more Asian Americans enrolled in creative...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2020, 10:08 am (UTC)

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The title of Amy Tan's essay "Mother Tongue" is meant to have a few different meanings. One's mother tongue is the language that one grows up speaking; for Tan's mother, it was the Mandarin dialect...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2020, 7:56 pm (UTC)

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Amy Tan tells us that, despite her broken English, her mother understands a lot more than one would think. For instance, Mrs. Tan is able to read Forbes reports, converse with her stockbroker, and...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2020, 1:00 pm (UTC)

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In describing herself as “rebellious by nature,” Amy Tan also calls herself “fortunate.” She is talking about the lack of coherence between her scores in the language area of the SAT and similar...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2020, 4:24 am (UTC)

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In the early teen years, sons and daughters begin the inevitable process of detaching from their parents. From the parents's perspective, it can feel abrupt and wrenching. From the teens's...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2020, 7:05 pm (UTC)

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Tan's version of the American Dream is similar to that of Lennie and George in Of Mice and Men because she wants to express herself and live out dreams that speak specifically to her. When she...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2016, 10:28 pm (UTC)

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Since you did not say what claims your essay needs to make and support, I will assume that is up to you. An interesting approach to "Mother Tongue" by Amy Tan would be to compare it to essays from...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2016, 5:07 pm (UTC)

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The original question had to be edited. I would suggest that Amy Tan straddles the immigrant world as well as the native- born hyphenated American world in her discussion of language, writing, and...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2013, 12:14 pm (UTC)

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In her essay "Mother Tongue," Amy Tan reveals incidents in which her mother experienced disrespect because of the way she speaks English. Let's look at some of these and think about the assumptions...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2022, 4:14 pm (UTC)

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