Quick answer
"First language" is a noun which is often translated as "la primera lengua", and "second language" is a phrase which is often translated as "segunda lengua". Learn more about the difference between "first language" and "second language" below.
first language
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. la primera lengua
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
About 80% of children at the school do not speak English as their first language.Un 80% de niños en la escuela no hablan inglés como su primera lengua.
b. el primer idioma
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
David grew up speaking Spanish at home, so English isn't his first language.David se crió hablando español en casa, por lo cual el inglés no es su primer idioma.
c. la lengua materna
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Which is your first language? English or Spanish?¿Cuál es tu lengua materna? ¿El inglés o el español?
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second language
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. segunda lengua
Speaking a second language offers a great advantage in the world of business.Tener una segunda lengua es una enorme ventaja en el mundo de los negocios.
b. segundo idioma
English is my second language. Spanish is my native tongue.El inglés es mi segundo idioma. El español es mi lengua materna.
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