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!
See also: mother, tongue

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.
See also: mother, tongue
References in classic literature ?
I will address this person in his mother tongue: 'Here, cospetto!
All varieties of human speech are like his mother tongue to this rare man.
The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India, said since a household may consist of persons related by blood or of unrelated persons or a mix of both, it is absolutely necessary to ask every person about her or his mother tongue.
It has gotten to terrible that a child who speaks the English language fluently is considered intelligent, while the one who speaks his mother tongue fluently is considered 'local.'
Every physiologically and mentally normal person has learned the main structure and basic vocabulary of his mother tongue by the end of childhood.
It is a fact the National language is recognized throughout the world but we can't ignore the value of mother tongue as everyone is strong in his mother tongue and feels easy in its uttering.
Suppose a Kurdish boy learns his mother tongue from his surroundings and receives education in Kurdish at school.
It was not immediately clear whether Jha would take oath of office in Nepali or his mother tongue, Maithili.
In addition to appreciating the importance of language in the educational process, and as a means of preserving the people's culture, the government considers it to be in the interest of national unity that each child should be encouraged to learn one of the three major languages other than his mother tongue. In this connection, government considers the three major languages in Nigeria to be Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba (NPE, Policy document, paragraph 8 1991, p 9)
How can someone who cares so passionately about religion, literature and the state of the arts in Wales not understand another individual's affection for his mother tongue?
Research shows that a child is capable of learning not just his mother tongue, the medium of academic instruction, but also several other languages," language expert Abhinav Shukla told Gulf News.