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Lengua or idioma

I've not been using DL as much, trying to learn a lot on my own so I don't know whether this is covered in the course but I thought the phrase

Spanish is not my first language would translate to: Espanol no es mi primera idioma or idioma primera (still can't get the hang of positions)

When I did a translation is came up as Espanol no es mi lengua materna

What is the difference?

3 years ago

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Elagui
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http://www.spanishdict.com/answers/233180/language-in-spanish-
Depends on what you want to say and how - Make sure to use idioma or lengua for when you’re learning a language, lenguaje for when you make a reference to a specific kind of language (i.e. bad language, plain language, etc.), and habla for when you refer to speaking a language (i.e. English-speaking: de habla inglesa).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Seanchai35

lengua materna = mother tongue. I'm not a native Spanish speaker, so I'll let someone who is comment on which sounds more natural or is used more commonly in their experience, but I've heard both used more or less interchangeably when referring to one's first language.

(Edited to clarify that I meant specifically when referring to one's L1 - idioma and lengua are not interchangeable on their own, as others have said.)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/F572D297

Some stuff you need to know: languages are capitalized in English always, but in Spanish only when they start the sentence. The genders: "idioma" and "lenguaje" are both masculine, but "lengua" is femenine. When you say "the first masculine something" sometimes you can drop the last "o", and the word would be "primer" instead of "primero", like in what you want to know "(el) español no es mi primer idioma" And the difference? There's no difference here, both meaning the same. But in the whole, with the others sentences of what you want to translate, maybe it will be better to say "mother tongue".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/didro144
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both are fine, although "lengua" can be a part of the mouth, Lengua=Tongue

For example: i have a piercing in the tongue

and idioma if speak specifically of the language.

greetings from Colombia :D

3 years ago

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Idioma no es lo mismo que Idiom, lengua podría ser mejor dicho como lenguaje (Languaje=Idioma/Lenguage) Native Speaker (Hablante nativo) Native/Mother tongue (Lengua madre/nativa)

3 years ago