In her essay Amy Tan is talking about the conflict in the various English languages. Amy is discussing her opinion on the different English languages she uses in her work, writing and life. In Amy’s opinion her written and sometimes spoken English did sound wrong. This is because there was a difference between her spoken English and that of her mother. In her opinion while her mother may have spoken in “broken” English to others it was not broken to her.

                To her, the English her mother spoke was correct as it was the “mother tongue” they used at home. “mother tongue” in this consent implies the English she was raised up with, taught and used to communicate with at home. It is the language that she was used to speak at home and in the long run ended up talking with her husband. The conflict is on how much her mother’s English is limited or broken. In her opinion it is people’s perception that is limited.

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