native language


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Noun1.native language - the language that a person has spoken from earliest childhood
language, linguistic communication - a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols; "he taught foreign languages"; "the language introduced is standard throughout the text"; "the speed with which a program can be executed depends on the language in which it is written"
Translations
mateřský jazyk
modersmål
MutterspracheErstsprache
äidinkieli
materinski jezik
母国語
모국어
rodná reč
modersmål
ภาษาแม่
tiếng mẹ đẻ

native language

لُغَةُ الْأُمِّ mateřský jazyk modersmål Muttersprache μητρική γλώσσα lengua materna äidinkieli langue maternelle materinski jezik madrelingua 母国語 모국어 moedertaal morsmål język ojczysty língua materna родной язык modersmål ภาษาแม่ anadil tiếng mẹ đẻ 母语
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They spoke in the native language, of which I had learnt but half a dozen words, and it sounded as though the world would shortly come to an end; but presently peace was restored and Tiare gave the cook a cigarette.
Among our still more modern and dashing young gentlemen -- who are extremely averse to superfluous effort and supremely indifferent to the purity of their native language -- the formula is still further curtailed by the use of "to feel" in a technical sense, meaning, "to recommend-for-the-purposes-of-feeling-and-being-felt"; and at this moment the "slang" of polite or fast society in the upper classes sanctions such a barbarism as "Mr.
All that they lacked was, the gift that descended upon the chosen disciples at Pentecost, in tongues of flame; symbolising, it would seem, not the power of speech in foreign and unknown languages, but that of addressing the whole human brotherhood in the heart's native language.
Speak in your native language," he said to the sufferer; "I understand it, and it will fatigue you less.
It doesn't sound at all like the native language," said the girl, "but there is something familiar about it.
Thus, at eighteen, we find him, an English lordling, who could speak no English, and yet who could read and write his native language.
Or, if I would delight my private hours With music or with poem, where so soon As in our native language can I find That solace?
An American sailor, who was cast away on the shore of Africa, where he was kept in slavery for three years, was, at the expiration of that period, found to be imbruted and stultified--he had lost all reasoning power; and having forgotten his native language, could only ut- ter some savage gibberish between Arabic and Eng- lish, which nobody could understand, and which even he himself found difficulty in pronouncing.
Occasionally, merely for the pleasure of being cruel, we put unoffending Frenchmen on the rack with questions framed in the incomprehensible jargon of their native language, and while they writhed we impaled them, we peppered them, we scarified them, with their own vile verbs and participles.
Having learnt to read and understand his native language (though not to speak it), in the earlier days of our intimate companionship, I now suggested to him that he should express himself in Italian, while I used English in putting any questions which might be necessary to my enlightenment.
Still, with an unshaken confidence that the English tongue was somehow the mother tongue of the whole world, only the people were too stupid to know it, Mr Meagles harangued innkeepers in the most voluble manner, entered into loud explanations of the most complicated sort, and utterly renounced replies in the native language of the respondents, on the ground that they were 'all bosh.
And, whatever people may say," continued Caderousse, in his native language, which was not altogether devoid of rude poetry, "I cannot help being more frightened at the idea of the malediction of the dead than the hatred of the living.