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What’s the difference between a native and fluent Hebrew speaker?

We often get asked what makes someone a Hebrew speaker. Let’s dive into understanding how it’s different.

Working our way to Hebrew fluency at UAB

Let’s start with the dictionary definition - what is a native language, or mother tongue? A native language or first language, is a language that a person has acquired naturally as a child, usually from their parents or primary caregivers.

Yet it doesn’t stop there - there is one main condition for a language to be considered a mother language - that the language is acquired at an early age, typically from birth to age five. This means it’s the first language that a child learns to speak and understand.