Have you noticed that sometimes it’s easier to speak the local language when you’re abroad on vacation after a few glasses of wine?
You are not crazy – according to a new study, you actually get better at other languages with a little alcohol in you.
You may have a hard time speaking a different language, the words don’t really flow, even if you can actually understand it. You get stuck and mix some English words here and there.
Better language skills
However, according to a study by researchers at several universities, language proficiency improves with a moderate amount of alcohol.
50 German youngsters who were studying Dutch were the subject of the research. 25 students drank 50-centiliter strong beer and the other 25 drank alcohol-free. After that, they recorded themselves while trying to speak Dutch to the best of their ability, and finally, Dutch natives would listen to their conversation skills and rate them.
Must drink your fill
The end result showed that those who had the strong beer had an easier time speaking Dutch than those who had been drinking alcohol-free.
“It is important to point out that the participants took a small dose of alcohol,” said Dr. Fritz Renner, who was in charge of the Maastricht University study, according to the Swedish news site Aftonbladet.
In other words, it’s not a good idea to drink a lot of beer and think that you will get better and better, but at least I don’t have to think about why my Spanish becomes smoother after a beer or two while in Spain.
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