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first language

n
(Linguistics) a person's native language
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Noun1.first language - one's native languagefirst language - one's native language; the language learned by children and passed from one generation to the next
natural language, tongue - a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language
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first language

nprima lingua
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It was poetry that inculcated laws and maxims; it was by the harmony of its lines that traditions were handed down at a time when memory had to supply the place of writing; and it was the first language of wisdom and of inspiration.
At the start of the project, although I had been given a list of the students' first languages from our EAL/D teacher, I was unaware if the students could speak, read or write these languages fluently, or if they used their first language outside of school.
YOUR education correspondent Gareth Evans points out (Wales records its worst A-level results at the top grades for 14 years, August 18) that entries for Modern foreign languages at A-level continue to fall and that there was a "huge fall in Welsh first language entries".
A QUARTER of Kirklees schoolchildren do not speak English as their first language.
It is very wrong for a student to fail the first language which they speak at home and this is just an indication that there is a problem with the education system," said Haingura.
NEARLY one in three primary school children in the West Midlands don't speak English as their first language.
Snow (2006-2013) stated "People first language was created by individuals who said, 'We are not our disabilities; we are people first.
Warren Kingston It's his first language his Twitter is his Twitter for him, not his fans, if he wants to speak his first language he can
Fulfilling a long pending demand, the Telangana government has accorded Urdu the status of First Language, making it at par with Telugu.
The progress that Emirati and Arab students are making in learning Arabic as a first language in Dubai's private schools remains alarmingly low owing to poor quality of teaching, assessment, and curriculum design and modification, according to the KHDA.
Ysgol Eirias has changed the way it teaches Welsh to both pupils that come to the school as Welsh-first language speakers as well as the majority whose first language is English.
For example, they may feel that they will be judged negatively by the school if SAE is not their first language.

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