Definitions for first language
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word first language
mother tongue, maternal language, first language(noun)
one's native language; the language learned by children and passed from one generation to the next
the first language one is taught to speak; one's native language.
the language one feels most comfortable and capable with
Origin: See separate entries for first and language
A first language is the language a person has learned from birth or within the critical period, or that a person speaks the best and so is often the basis for sociolinguistic identity. In some countries, the terms native language or mother tongue refer to the language of one's ethnic group rather than one's first language. Sometimes, there can be more than one mother tongue,. Those children are usually called bilingual. By contrast, a second language is any language that one speaks other than one's first language.
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