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Alcohol is Improving the Ability Skills to Improve Foreign Languages

Isn’t it amazing how despite not having studied German since you kid? Many months ago, when you have a few drinks and you bump into a few Germans on a night out, you are suddenly fluent in speaking the language?

Well according to a new study, this is not just all in your head- people who are speaking two languages fluently. They actually are better at speaking foreign languages after a drink or two.

Researchers from Netherlands:

Researchers from the University of Liverpool, Maastricht University, and King’s College London studied that 50 of the native German speakers were studying at the University in the Netherlands. They had recently learned to read, write and speak the local language, Dutch.

Participants were then given either an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink. And they are asked to have a conversation in Dutch for a few minutes. How much alcohol they were given is depended on the weight of the body. But it was equivalent to just under a pint of five percent beer, for a 70 kg male person.

Improved the skills:

Their conversations were recorded. The foreign language skills are rated by native Dutch speakers. Speakers didn’t know which participants had consumed the alcohol.

The researchers found that those who were slightly intoxicated had better pronunciation than their sober colleagues.

Better pronunciation:

The study tells that alcohol consumption may have benefited. It effects on the pronunciation of a foreign language in people who recently learned that language.

This study shows some support for the lay belief that a low dose of alcohol can improve their ability to speak a second language.


Also published on Medium.

Vaishali Agre