Can I call a person who speaks the same language as mine, a language mate? Considering that's our mother tongue and we're from different countries. For example, I'm Brazilian and the other person is Portuguese and we both speak Portuguese.

  • What do you mean by "can I"? Are you asking whether you would be understood? Whether that's a common collocation used by native speakers? – Tᴚoɯɐuo Dec 14 '18 at 15:20
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo Yes I wanted to know if this a common collocation, and if it's not, how can I create this sense of unity between me and the other person. You see I saw a post on Instagram in which those people who speak my language were celebrating a holiday. I kind of wanted to make this bond with them by saying something like, "Happy holidays to all my language mates!" Then i thought how I could say it in English. Is there a word for that in English? – Yuri Dec 14 '18 at 17:28
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    And I'm American and have lots of English friends: fellow English speakers. A language mate as opposed to what football mates? mates does not really work. – Lambie Dec 14 '18 at 19:21

There is not a common word for this in English. Your invented term of "language mates" will probably be understood, so feel free to use it.

You could also say something like:

Happy holidays to all my fellow speakers of Portuguese.

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