I am writing an essay and I need another way of saying "mother tongue" to avoid repetitions. can you help me?

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    What have you found already, and why do these options not meet your needs? – Davo Jun 9 '17 at 15:59
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    Native language, first language, primary language. – Joe Jun 9 '17 at 15:59
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    Why do you want to avoid repetition? In contemporary English prose, arbitrarily using different words for the same entity is generally held to confuse readers and is generally regarded as a literary vice. – StoneyB on hiatus Jun 9 '17 at 16:46
  • Can you tell us what synonyms you have found in the course of your own research? – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica Jun 9 '17 at 20:33
  • is it correct to say " own language" ? – Lidiana Alonso Jun 13 '17 at 14:34


  • native tongue
  • native language
  • first language
  • natal tongue
  • native speech
  • parent language
  • vernacular


Also, you could consider:

  • indigenous language/speech/tongue
  • birth language/speech/tongue
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