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
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Day message has said that acquisition of education in one's mother tongue is the basic right of the person, the charter of the United Nations and the Constitution of Pakistan both guarantee this.
Adesanya equally stressed that the mother tongue plays a very important role in stimulating the mental development of children because thinking is easier in one's mother tongue than in any foreign language.
The dictionary will enable the learning of English with the help of one's mother tongue.
For example, first generation Khmers (such as his parents' generation) in this country stress that to lose one's mother tongue is to lose one's "Khmerness.
During her speech at the ceremony, KyE-anak had said education in one's mother tongue is a fundamental right.
This clearly means that the promotion of one's mother tongue is not only necessary for one's identity but for the Preservation of the Intangible Cultural Heritage as well.
One's mother tongue is the best medium for creative thinking and expression.
Chapter Three draws on Ranciere's ideas regarding children with specific focus on learning one's mother tongue.
The declaration rightly emphasizes the role of children and hence of elementary school instruction in the preservation of one's mother tongue.
As Lee wrote in his book, ''for political and economic reasons, English had to be our working language,'' while knowing one's mother tongue ''gives one the sense of belonging to a culture, and increases self confidence and self respect.
And nowhere did I suggest the English hate the Welsh, merely that some of their media allow commentators to use hateful disparagement against us that would have been edited out had they been made against any other group - and if he doesn't think that referring one's mother tongue as a "moribund monkey language" (Lewis) which should be abolished (Clarkson), is hate speech, then he has different standards to those pertaining in the modern world.
However, it's more important to learn and comprehend one's mother tongue before learning another language because it includes one's heritage, legacy, honor, pride and identity.
As if hearing me, in her story she says: "Being a writer in the country where one cannot hear one's mother tongue is like being on an oxygen apparatus whose tube is cut off.
One's Mother Tongue - according to Jean Piaget (1896-1980) the great Swiss psychologist - is one's chief talent, which Mrs Habbershaw seems to have neglected.
claiming one's mother tongue identity through the ancestral language or switching over to the dominant language in the region).