According to this reading. Tan says, “I think my mother’s English almost had an effect on limiting my possibilities in life”. In this phrase she means that her mother’s language could have affected her life, but why or how? It was because how people reacted to it, the way society distinguish her mother tongue. As well, she illustrates some life examples on how her mother’s english language takes part in form her own personality. Especially on achievement tests, such as IQ tests, and the SAT. Also hearing her mother spoken ” limited english” at home conduct her to do bad on English courses at school too, rather than her science and math courses in where she got an excellent grade. Consequently taking her away of pursuing her objective in life.