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Mother Tongue (MT) Influence

MT Influence or Mother Tongue Influence is when the grammar‏‎ or vocabulary‏‎ of a student’s Mother Tongue‏‎ influence the way in which they use their Target Language‏‎ or TL.

For example, in Greek‏‎ (and a number of other languages) people say open or close a light instead of turn on and turn off. Thus a Greek learner may well say:
* I closed the light and went to sleep.
*…

Your Mother Tongue (MT)

Your Mother Tongue (or MT) is the language you learn and speak as a child.

It is sometimes known as First Language (FL), Native Language (NL) or Arterial Language. Note that it is NOT always the language spoken by your mother!

It is usually the language learned in the home thus a bilingual‏‎ child may well have two MTs.

A student’s MT is of interest to…