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first language

noun [C] uk   us  
B2 the language that someone learns to speak first
Translations of “first language”
in Korean 모국어…
in Arabic اللُغة الأولى…
in Portuguese língua materna…
in Catalan llengua materna…
in Japanese 母語…
in Italian madrelingua…
in Chinese (Traditional) 母語, 第一語言…
in Russian родной язык…
in Turkish ana dil…
in Chinese (Simplified) 母语, 第一语言…
in Polish język ojczysty…
(Definition of first language from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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