It is a known fact that our mother tongue has an important role to play in our lives and this is something you should make sure to mention in your Mother Tongue essay. According to the author, Amy Tan, the language a person speaks defines the person they are and the choices they make. In her work Amy Tan writes about how her mother language has affected her life over the years. This is an especially important topic especially in the case of people with bilingual backgrounds. According to the author, if a person isn’t a native English speaker or doesn’t speak the language perfectly it doesn’t mean that they are any less intelligent than the people who do. Language has a very important role to play in a family, being one of the family values. Tan also suggests that it is difficult to live with parents who only speak limited English.