native speaker


: a person who learned to speak the language of the place where he or she was born as a child rather than learning it as a foreign language
a native speaker of Swahili
That kind of mistake is rarely made by native speakers.

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Recent Examples on the Web The messages, viewed by The New York Times, were all written in Russian, apparently by a native speaker well versed in vulgar slang. Jenny Gross, New York Times, 22 Dec. 2023 For anyone, native speaker or not, this book offers a pleasurable and humorous voyage of discovery. Peter Trudgill, Foreign Affairs, 19 Oct. 2021 Sound more like a native speaker and be confident when interacting with others. Stack Commerce, Popular Science, 11 May 2023

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