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native language

The first language a person learns. It is usually the language he or she is most proficient in and uses with the greatest comfort, confidence, and precision.
Synonym: first language; mother tongue
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They took texts home to practice with their parents and were keen to teach their peers some words in their first language.
4% of those GCSE pupils have entered A-level Welsh first language and 80% of them are girls.
An official press release said that the government had received several representations from the linguistic minority community to make Urdu a first language.
Apart from a drop in unsatisfactory ranking, there has not been any significant improvement in students' attainment in Arabic as a first language since the first cycle of inspections in 2008.
The dialects can be quite different to SAE, and this is why students who speak Aboriginal English as a first language, who are not yet fluent in SAE, are 'EAL/D learners', just like creole and traditional language speaking students.
Many schools teach pupils whose first language is not English success-fully and will continue to make their own arrangements.
For admission and more information about Music is My First Language and its programs, go to www.
According to the report, Hebrew is the mother tongue for 79% of Israeli Jews ages 20 to 40, but it is the first language for only 21% of Israeli Jews ages 65 and over.
MORE than a million schoolchildren do not speak English as their first language, official figures show.
Afew words of first language communication can go a very long way with patients and here in the Welsh Ambulance Service we recognise the importance of good bilingual practice.
First language use in second and foreign language learning.
Intercultural language learning, choice of languages, role of first language in language learning.

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