Some of my goals were to learn English, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to communicate and succeed as an immigrant. The decision to come to USA was my parents decision , at first it was hard because I didn’t like the idea, but later on I realize that I didn’t have other option so I decided to start learning . “In America everybody can be successful and if we try hard everybody can make their dreams come true” my teacher used to always tell me that and I could never forget it even when she forgets to told me that it wouldn’t be easy. At first I felt that I could never learn, because when I was listening it sounds like people said 1000 words without pause. Well that’s because I don’t know how to speak it an I try to listen what people said, but it always got me confused Last name 2 because when I read, it was so different from what I heard.
Rodriguez felt safe in his Spanish speaking home because it was familiar to him. English seemed odd and difficult for Richard until a few of Richard’s teachers visited his house. They asked Richard’s parents to encourage the use of English, by using it more themselves. As Richard began to hear English more and more, "the high, troubling sounds of los gringos" became unnoticeable to him. Learning English helped Richard to achieve many things.
Although English is not my second language, I feel that “proper” English is. From Amy Tan’s essay and my own life experience, I believe that too many people in America are treated unfairly because they do not speak “proper” English. I remember growing up with my aunt and having trouble with my English because the school system was so poor. I had to be taken out of my normal classes in third grade and put in a class for kids who had trouble with their English. On career day my teacher asked me what I wanted to be, and I told her I wanted to be a lawyer.
However, the international students also face a lot of challenges in their lives, such as language barriers, financial problems, and the social networks. Language issues are the earliest and the most important problems for the international students. According to Maureen Snow Andrade, “Adjustment challenges are primarily attributable to English language proficiency and culture. Achievement is affected by English proficiency, academic skills and educational background.” Before we came to the U.S, most international students must take the IELTS or TOEFL to test their English level to attend the new school. However, the international students use English only for passing the test; they would not use English in their countries.
When she communicates with people, they cannot fully understand what she says. Tan talks a lot about her mother and uses different “Englishes” to communicate and solve problems. She also finds balance about how to use Language. She begins to use many “Englishes” to complete her story, instead of using the original flowery language in writing. Eventually she succeeds in creating her career.
My English is so poor; I want to improve my English. First time, I avoided classes that involved a lot of writing, as I was still intimidated by past failures. But when poor writing began to affect my grades in other courses, I decided to take a composition class. Now, I use my On Course textbook in my English class, this journal will help me about self-awareness. I began to see how negative scripts could cause problems.
My dad spends most of his time at work, so whenever we see him there is almost happiness that we see him, because we do not know him or sees him as much as we see our mum, whereas with my mum there is a much tenser atmosphere, because she is far stricter than my dad. Nearly everyone in our family can speak Standard English with the exception of my mum who speaks English with a slight accent, she can speak English if she wants to but she would use a lot of fillers and false starts Recently my younger teenage sister was having a conversation with my mum. She was basically asking for money so that she could go out with her friends. The conversation took place while my mum was watching T.V, It was clear that my sister had been planning to ask her and I think she chose that
Tan’s audience was experts on language was the audience of English speakers. Because children like her had to handle certain daily situations. Two points of Amy tan, first she wants to make people aware of what emigrants have to face. Due to their lack of expressive command of English they are not taken seriously, people pretend not to understand them or simply ignore them. Second is that it is ok to speak different Englishes with different people.
A lot of parents do a lot for their children with regards to speaking. Parents talk for their children at times and some do this more than others. This can affect their levels of communication as they may not have developed the skills they need to ask questions or answer them. It’s not always English as a second language which is a barrier. It can be that their opportunity to speak and communicate hasn't been the same as other children.
Language is a key in relationship. We all use English language in different ways depending how we grow up with it. While, on the other hand, in the article, “Mother Tongue” Amy Tan describes how English affected her and lead her to become a great writer “When I was growing up, my mother’s ‘limited’ English limited my perception of her. I was ashamed of her English.” Her mother’s limited English actually helped her a lot, and I strongly believe that her mother’s limited English lead her to become a great writer. By that meaning, when Amy Tan was a kid, she saw how her mother had difficulties in the society because the lack of communication.