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 ?
Hebrew was like their mother tongue. They had grown gray in study; their eyes were bleared with poring over print and manuscript by the light of the midnight lamp.
Even in higher education, teachers often resort to lecturing in their mother tongue if not proficient enough in English.
Not always people speak their mother tongue at home.
'Because students are unable to master a language that is not their mother tongue, this will weaken students' academic performance in mathematics and science, and seriously affect the quality of the nation's education,' the group asserted in a statement yesterday that was written in Mandarin.
Hailing from Maharashtra, Kulkarni aims to enlighten the younger generation and help them reconnect with their mother tongue.
In response to a question by the MP and Foreign Policy Committee Chair Djma Grozdanova about the actions taken by the MFA to protect the right of ethnic Bulgarians in Ukraine to study their mother tongue, Minister Zaharieva noted that the changes in the Ukrainian legislation allow for the extension of the study of Bulgarian language in the country.
Mother Tongue invites competitors who do not speak English as a first language to write a poem, rap or song in their mother tongue and share their inspiration.
Zia Shahid said Punjabi should be declared as a compulsory subject at the primary level to ensure that future generations were well versed in their mother tongue which had literature spanning thousands of years.
Researchers recommend launching a separate education system at least at primary level for the indigenous people in their mother tongue to save their languages.
Last week, renowned author Ngugi wa Thiong'o criticised teachers for punishing students who speak their mother tongue in school.
In one of the studies on the language and education policy (LEP) of Bangladesh, for instance, Bhuiyan and Khan (2009) present not only the historical review of the language policy of the country but also analyze the indigenous language speakers' views regarding the treatment of their mother tongue in the LEP of Bangladesh.
"Once the students complete their lessons in the curriculum language, students are given the opportunity to attend the lessons in their mother tongue," Joanne Wells, SVS principal, told Khaleej Times on the sidelines of the inaugural ceremony.
However, 96.71 per cent of the population in the country have one of the 22 scheduled languages as their mother tongue.
To understand the participants' linguistic background, we asked them to tell us what their mother tongue is (by writing it in the provided space on the questionnaire).
Those who treat their mother tongue with abject worthlessness actually put themselves and their culture in self-abasing humiliation,' Sheikh Rashid said in his address.