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A person's native language.
- ‘Children with special needs or who do not speak English as their first language were seen to have made good progress.’
- ‘She doesn't speak English as a first language so the conversation was a little difficult.’
- ‘Please accept my apology for any grammatical errors in advance since English is not my first language.’
- ‘‘We are an inclusive school,’ she says, adding that 19 first languages are spoken among the pupils.’
- ‘He was diagnosed as profoundly deaf as a toddler after an accident, and British Sign Language is his first language.’
- ‘Managing workers who don't speak English as their first language is tricky.’
- ‘Many speak excellent English, but some will speak French as a first language.’
- ‘It is clear to anyone that French is not my first language.’
- ‘Announcers still have to come up with something to say, and they often don't speak English as a first language.’
- ‘That sentence wasn't written by anyone who speaks English as a first language.’
- ‘We have quite a few Australian citizens who also don't speak English as their first language.’
- ‘Spanish is the first language, but English is widely spoken in the tourist trade.’
- ‘It seems to hover between teaching it as a second language and as a first language, without being successful at either.’
- ‘The most immediate obstacle lies in equipping people with limited literacy levels and a variety of first languages to understand how the machines function and how to access the network.’
- ‘As of the late 1990s, there are only a small number of people who speak Breton as their first language.’
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