A Bit of Vocabulary on Language Itself

When learning a new language, you quickly come to realize that the field is so much more broad than you probably thought. This is because, at least in the West, we learn language almost intuitively and are not necessarily taught the nuances of its mechanics; at least, not until the later years of our education.

And even then, you sometimes have to choose to take those classes if you do want to learn the specifics.  With that in mind, here are some basic terms regarding Robotel language that you probably did not know are important to learn about.

NATIVE LANGUAGE

Your “native language” is the language that you were first acquainted; the language that you grew up speaking.  Sometimes it is also known as the “mother tongue.”  Generally speaking, your “native language” is probably the national language of the country where you were born.  If you were born in Spain, there’s a good chance that your native language is Spanish. If you were born in Canada, though, your native language could be English or French (or both).

DOMESTIC LANGUAGE

Sometimes you might hear the term “domestic language,” which is often used interchangeably with native language.  However, it can also be used as a different term, typically to describe the native language of a specific region. Thus it can be used to help distinguish between local languages and foreign languages.

FIRST LANGUAGE

This is the language that you learn to speak first, as the name implies. Of course, generally this would likely be your country’s native language.  In the United States, obviously, your “first language” would probably be English; though some immigrant families might raise their children to learn the native tongue of their emigrated country as well as English.

SECOND LANGUAGE

Obviously, then, “second language” refers to a learned language which is not the native language.  This particularly refers to when you move to a region and learn that local language (more so than, for example, simply studying another language in school).

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

When you attempt to learn a language that is different from your own, this is known as studying a “foreign language.”  If you start to use that “foreign language” in your daily life, as a resident of a city where this language is native, then it can become your “second language.”

WORLD LANGUAGE
The term “world language” refers to a language that is commonly spoken throughout the world, particularly learned as a second language.  Spanish, for example, is considered a “world language” because it is the official language of at least a dozen countries.  In fact

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