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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Each year a temporary structure is built to mark the day and around 400 people gather before midnight on the eve of 21 February to pay their respects to those who lost their lives and to promote the freedom to speak one's mother tongue, peace and cultural diversity."
"Each year a temporary structure is built to mark the day and around 400 people gather before midnight on the eve of February 21 to pay their respects to those who lost their lives and to promote the freedom to speak one's mother tongue, peace and for cultural diversity."
Inaugurating the session, MES Indian School Principal Hameeda Kadar underscored the importance of learning and acquiring proficiency in one's mother tongue as the present day demands language competency to express thoughts and ideas fluently.
Summary: Siliguri (West Bengal) [India], Apr 25 (ANI): In a bid to spread awareness regarding preserving one's mother tongue, 29-year-old Gandhar Kulkarni has embarked on a 20,000-kilometre journey on his bicycle.
In his address, Mr Sarwar said everyone felt at home while speaking one's mother tongue which was associated with one's identity and culture.
JAMSHORO -- Scholars at a seminar held at SU have called for greater space, honor and acceptance of all languages spoken across width and breadth of Pakistan in addition to love for one's mother tongue. Pakistan serves as a bouquet of beautiful languages, each serving as a radiant and fragrant flower forming wide variety of mother languages.
Why would the curriculum developers then think that this diversity does not include, Rendille, Kamba, Maasai or any other Kenyan language?HUMAN RIGHTLiberty in the use of one's mother tongue is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states that no one should be discriminated against on the basis of language.
If cognitive development takes place in one's mother tongue, depriving children of the opportunity to get mother tongue education implies inhibiting their cognitive development, which is a blatant violation of the linguistic rights of millions of children in several multilingual countries including Pakistan.
It is crucial here to make a distinction between teaching in one's mother tongue and learning one's mother tongue.
"It is not folklorism to defend one's mother tongue and the language of the nation.
"And with its emphasis on the learning of one's mother tongue, the story highlights the need to protect such schools."
First and foremost, we are Nigerians and some jokes are better or funnier said, especially the funniest part, in one's mother tongue. That does not mean we comedians can't say the joke in good English or pidgin for our audience to understand but when we have majority of the audience in front of you who understand you, it is not a sin neither is it unprofessional to use one's mother tongue to elicit laughter.
He explains that by "dead", one usually means the following things: "(1) Latin is no longer used as a means of communication (i.e., has become extinct); (2) Latin is no one's mother tongue; it must be learned in school; and/or (3) Latin is a language that has ceased to develop organically and has remained frozen in its classical form" (17-18).
CM in his International Mother Languages ??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.
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." In "The Pavilion Dream," the author wakes from a dream exclaiming to have forgotten his Khmer: