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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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Across the whole of England, 693,815 primary school pupils do not have English as their first language.
At the other end of the spectrum, Solihull is the least likely place in the area for you to find a pupil who does not speak English as their first language.
To insure inclusion, freedom, and respect for all, it's time to embrace people first language.
However now it will be possible for the students to opt for Urdu as first language, both in schools and higher education.
All Dubai private schools with Emirati and Arab students now offer Arabic as a first language to their students.
First language is the language or languages acquired during infancy from the child's close environment.
There are now 1,109,610 pupils at state primaries and secondaries who have a first language other than English - a rise of 252,940 since 2009, official figures have revealed.
Music is My First Language was founded in early 2013 in direct response to ongoing cuts in arts education funding, and lack of access for children who cannot otherwise afford private lessons.
You and others may not understand why it is given the status that it is, but for those who do please have the courtesy to allow them to use their first language as you use yours
The figures show that 1,007,090 pupils in England's state primary, secondary and special schools, as well as pupil referral units, have a first language that is known, or believed to be other than English.
Patients appreciate the effort to communicate with them in their first language and we are working hard to make this happen as part of our five-year plan, Working Together for Success, to support staff with the right skills to deliver a high quality service.

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