a language that a person acquires fully through extensive exposure in childhood: Many Diné children learn Navajo as a native language.
- Often first lan·guage [furst-lang-gwij] /ˈfɜrst ˈlæŋ gwɪdʒ/ .
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How to use native language in a sentence
She said someone had already given her the literature in her native language, but Morrison was confident.
How does literature in your native language differ from English?
“I cannot write my native language and have no native home any more,” Kerouac wrote in 1950.You Don’t Know Jack: Kerouac Biographer Joyce Johnson and ‘The Voice Is All’ | Lauren Du Graf | September 16, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Chilean-born man also alleges that he was not allowed to describe the incident in Spanish, his native language.8 Juiciest Bits From Latest Lawsuit Against John Travolta | Maria Elena Fernandez | June 27, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The clues are in English—Brad and Ken's native language; not Watson's.Behind the Scenes With the Team That Built Jeopardy's Watson | The Daily Beast | February 23, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
He wrote verses with elegance in French, Spanish and Italian, and was a polisher of his native language in a barbarous age.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Sin Sin Wa's expression underwent a subtle change at the sound of his native language.Dope | Sax Rohmer
They then both knelt down in the field, while he lifted up his voice, in his native language, in thanks.The Indian in his Wigwam | Henry R. Schoolcraft
Then she turned to Miela and poured out a torrent of her native language.The Fire People | Ray Cummings
Inspector Manvers was colonial born and could speak the native language fluently.A Frontier Mystery | Bertram Mitford