‘Mother tongue’ is an interesting English expression. Like many languages, English has a number of gender-specific terms that don’t refer to gender-specific ideas and concepts. And this complicated relationship between language and gender is what Sam and Georgina are talking about in this programme.

This week’s question:
Which of these languages is the newest? Is it:

A: Esperanto
B: Afrikaans
C: Light Warlpiri

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Vocabulary:
primary caregiver
the person most responsible for looking after someone

point of origin
the place or time where something begins or comes from

metaphor
a way to describe something by saying that it is something else with similar qualities

perceive
to understand something to be true, to think of something in a particular way

prestigious
important, respected

a disparity
a difference, an inequality

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41 Comments

tribal wildLing

April 23, 2020

"Mother Tongue" is sexist :p

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Love English. Miss English

April 23, 2020

Are "the first language" and "Mother tongue" synonims?

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Denilson Rocha

April 23, 2020

Gratitude /

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Royce Nord

April 23, 2020

I'm in love with this channel.

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Akash K

April 23, 2020

Why we didn't call father tounge

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Antonio A.

April 23, 2020

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Misael Barbalho

April 23, 2020

Thats great video

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Misael Barbalho

April 23, 2020

Thanks for the wonderfull vídeo

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Misael Barbalho

April 23, 2020

It is good video

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Beanca Atticus

April 23, 2020

Thanks so much from Brazil.

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منيرة منيـرة

April 23, 2020

Thanks

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Thành Phạm

April 23, 2020

Thanks , i hope you will make more video, thanks you 😘💛💛😘💛😘

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Elchin B.

April 23, 2020

.".. from BBC learning english" oh that intro makes me happy😊

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Leon Grigo

April 23, 2020

Amana

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Army suga

April 23, 2020

This video is useful. Thank you so much

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Humaira Kakar

April 23, 2020

I'm thankful to you not only for your precious lessons also for telling the realities.

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shlpmusic

April 23, 2020

Why mother tongue, not mother language?

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mobin taheri

April 23, 2020

Thank you for updates

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li jiawei

April 23, 2020

I have found a good place to improve my poor English. Thanks for BBC learning English!

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Humaira Kakar

April 23, 2020

We should find a way to end discrimination. What will be the solution?

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The Guds Production

April 23, 2020

In Indonesia, people always perceive that working as civil servant in government sector is more prestigious than working as employee in a company.

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The Guds Production

April 23, 2020

In Indonesian, it's called "Bahasa Ibu".

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tgchan

April 23, 2020

Thank you, BBC. 💚

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Jimmy Ma

April 23, 2020

Interestingly in Chinese “mother tongue” is “母語” literally translates to “mother language “

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Suad Abdi

April 23, 2020

Thank you

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Long Thanh

April 23, 2020

i'm glad that all of BBC Learing English's videos are for free. thank youu so much

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Stefanie Chong

April 23, 2020

I love watching 6 minutes English with BBC. It's short and precise lesson but we'd gained a great deal of English in terms of vocabulary words, new phrases, pronunciation etc. I'm deeply appreciate it to all of you, to all of BBC crews. Keep it up your great work! 💪💖

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Muhamma Ishtiaq

April 23, 2020

Today video have not clear voice

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Lambertus Hurek

April 23, 2020

We have 718 mother tongue or local languages in indonesia. Every people speak in their own language before learn bahasa indonesia as a national language. So english is a 4th or even 7th language to study in classroom system for 6 to 10 years.
But i think 93% indonesian students can't speak english fluently like native english speakers.

if you a non native speaker you'll strugle to learn foreign language like english. even many indonesian in rural area can't speak our national language.

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Najat Arabia

April 23, 2020

Thank you

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April 23, 2020

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MUDASSIR Khan

April 23, 2020

can we say ,,mother language,, instead of mother tongue ?

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Carlos Arturo Guerrero Segura

April 23, 2020

I’m a little more able to understand English everyday and it’s because of you; so, god bless you bbc team, for producing this well performed videos.

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Pamel Chowdhury

April 23, 2020

Thanks

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Jose Maria

April 23, 2020

Esperanto

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Benjamin ESTRADA

April 23, 2020

THANKYOU GREETINGS from México

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احمد فارس

April 23, 2020

put a course to explain scene from movie

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Rose Rose

April 23, 2020

Thank you i understand it, but the accent of sam is very very difficult , i like Kathrin

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samsonjerome anthony

April 23, 2020

Not clear

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Lolo Lolo

April 23, 2020

Amazing as usual

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Sudher G

April 23, 2020

Good information

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