Summary Of Mother Tongue By Amy Tan

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In her essay “Mother Tongue,” Amy Tan argues that her mother’s English played a huge part in shaping her as an individual. She believes that her mother’s language almost had an effect on “limiting her possibilities” especially when taking achievement tests, I.Q. tests, and the SAT. For her, English tests were always a “judgemental call, a matter of opinion and personal experience,” she comprehends the questions but still has a difficult time figuring out the right answer. Sentence completion and analogies are always tricky for her because her mom taught her that there were “few limitations” as to what the answers could be. Since Amy Tan was excellent in math and science, teachers often drive her away from writing, and hone her talents. Fortunately,

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