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moth·er tongue

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mother tongue, maternal language, first languagenoun

    one's native language; the language learned by children and passed from one generation to the next


  1. mother tonguenoun

    The language one first learned; the language one grew up with; one's native language.

  2. mother tonguenoun

    The language spoken by one's ancestors.


  1. Mother Tongue

    Mother Tongue was an annual academic journal published by the Association for the Study of Language in Prehistory that was published from 1995 to 2005. Its goal was to encourage international and interdisciplinary information sharing, discussion, and debate among geneticists, paleoanthropologists, archaeologists, and historical linguists on questions relating to the origin of language and ancestral human spoken languages. This included, but was not limited to, discussion of linguistic macrofamily hypotheses.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mother tongue in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mother tongue in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of mother tongue in a Sentence

  1. David Liu:

    I speak Mandarin and Cantonese. They can use their mother tongue and talk to me. I will try to explain to them about the law and about the safety of firearms.

  2. Welat Aydin:

    We did not receive education in our mother tongue. Education is of poor quality anyway. When there is no chemistry teacher, the literature teacher takes chemistry classes. That is why I did not apply for university entrance exams. I didn't believe I would stand a chance.

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