Tan further proves that her mother’s English is “imperfect” by citing several circumstances experienced by her mother (78). She also points out that her mother has noticed her own limitations as she was asked to pretend to be Mrs. Tan on a phone call one time, and talked to doctors when her mother needed to get more information about findings (78).
This article shows the power of language, English specifically, in society. Similar to what is shown, people who are relatively “good” in English tend to ignore those comparatively “poor” in communicating their ideas. In communities today individuals likely equate the inability of “perfect” verbalization to lack of comprehension, which is unlikely in most cases. The complexity of language contributes to how one may find it difficult to speak flawlessly, but does not necessarily imply one’s being “limited.” This essay, showing the author’s vivid understanding of her mother’s imperfect English as a daughter rather than a writer, gives readers an eye-opener of how they should pattern their language depending on who they are talking to, without