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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." It has been above all the recreation of statesmen and great officials, a means of escape from the weariness of public life and the burden of ruling.
Earlier this year an Estyn report criticised Welsh exams, warning youngsters who should have been entered for the first language exams were being entered for those for learners in an attempt to inflate their grades.
Despite his assertion that a ``majority'' of parents are similarly anti-Welsh, the reality is that the majority of Welsh people, whatever their first language and ethnic background, are proud and supportive of the Welsh language and its unique culture.
A study compared graduation and licensure examination pass rates of Mexican American nursing students who spoke English as a second language and students who spoke English as a first language. Mexican American students were surveyed or interviewed concerning the effect on graduation and licensure examination pass rates of English as a second language, non-academic English proficiency, non-English speaking parents, and parental financial support.
The results compared the GCSE performance in French of pupils who also sat the Welsh first language examination with the national average in French.
Rhag chairman Heini Gruffudd said, ``Currently, at least a third of pupils who sit examinations in Welsh as their first language at 11 are sitting examinations for Welsh as a second language at 14 and 16.
It warns that standards of written Welsh and exam results for many pupils are simply not good enough, adding that a large proportion of pupils from Welsh-speaking areas of Wales are not taught Welsh as a first language.
This article reports on a psycholinguistic study of first language attrition in German first generation immigrants.
I would like to add to the benefit of learning in one's native or first language. Research suggests that educating young minds in their first language makes their learning a pleasant experience because they understand concepts well.
BORIS Johnson has been described as "out of touch" with Wales after saying there were too many places in the UK where English wasn't the first language.