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First Language versus Second Language AcquisitionThere are differences between the acquisition of native language with children and second language with adults. As children learn their mother language, they make mistakes with language that adults do not make while learning a second language, and vice-versa. Also, the expected outcomes of language acquisition with adults and children are different. Linguists have tried to explain the reasons for the differences with a theory called the Fundamental Difference Hypothesis (FDH). This paper will briefly explore the differences in acquisition of native language (L1) and second language as an adult (L2), as well as discuss FDH which seeks to explain the reasons for the difference. There is still much mystery around how and why people acquire language as children. Children acquire their native language very quickly and with hardly any overt instruction from parents or teachers. In fact, almost all children have a basic command over the elements of their native language by the time they are in preschool, and the acquisition happens almost haphazardly (Galasso 2000). Also, L1 grammar errors are similar across the