the/(one's) mother tongue

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the/(one's) mother tongue

The native language of one's home country. I love coming to the area where all the expats live. Even though I am fluent in Japanese and love speaking it, it's nice to hear the mother tongue now and again. It's shameful how you have turned your back on your culture and heritage—your children don't even know their mother tongue!
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your ˌmother ˈtongue

the language you first learned to speak as a child; your native language: She was born in Singapore, but her mother tongue is French.
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References in classic literature ?
These gentlemen spoke the mother tongue of the Mummy with inimitable fluency and grace; but I could not help observing that (owing, no doubt, to the introduction of images entirely modern, and, of course, entirely novel to the stranger) the two travellers were reduced, occasionally, to the employment of sensible forms for the purpose of conveying a particular meaning.
These root words were so similar to those in use among the great anthropoids as to suggest that the language of the Manus was the mother tongue.
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.
Kamlani was of the view that the mother tongue bridged home with school lives and enabled a child to grasp ideas more effectively.
The effect of this neglect of the mother tongue cannot be over-emphasised, as these are the same generation that will pass on the culture, of which the language is an important part, to the next generation.
February 21 celebrating International Mother Language Day reminds us of the importance of respecting and nurturing the mother tongue.
He said that academic institutions should work together to promote the importance of linguistic and cultural diversity and of education in the mother tongue, added.
Meanwhile, more than 100 children from Freedom Primary School, 135/9-L and 119/9-L demanded education in the mother tongue.
QUETTA -- Balochistan Governor Mohammad Khan Achakzai has said that the mother tongue of any nation is its first identity and nations become weaker when their languages weaken.
The great Language Movement, a significant event in the nation's history, was aimed at establishing the right of the mother tongue as well as protecting self-entity, and culture and heritage.
He believes the limited amount of time children study a foreign language would "never exert a negative impact on the development of the mother tongue.
Kalan underlines the importance of creating mother tongue-based multilingual schools in Iran by adding the voices of established international scholars and academics to the mother tongue debate within Iran.
Authors and organizations are invited to submit at least 25 percent of their manuscripts or research work for books on the mother tongue, senior high school and intellectual property rights (IPR).
Murali Manohar Joshi of BJP was the HRD minister he had proposed to make the mother tongue the medium of instruction in the primary education.
i6 (45%) errors were caused due to interference from the mother tongue.