The conclusion came after the language skills of 50 native German speakers who had recently started learning Dutch were put to the booze test in a recent study by three European universities.
Each participant was given a drink – some alcoholic and others booze-free – and asked to hold a conversation with a stranger in Dutch.
The amount of alcohol was adjusted according to weight, with a 150-pound man getting just under a pint of beer.
Two native Dutch speakers then rated the speaking skills of all of the participants while unaware which participants had drunk alcohol and which hadn't.
And when the results were in, the Dutch speakers judged that those drinking alcohol had scored “significantly better” compared to those on non-alcoholic drinks.
But while many might have already suspected this to be true, researchers aren't exactly sure why this is the case.
“Given that executive functions are important when speaking a second (non-native) language, one might expect that alcohol would impair the ability to speak a second language,” said the researchers. “On the other hand, alcohol increases self-confidence and reduces social anxiety, both of which might be expected to improve language ability when interacting with another person.”
But given that not every language learner drinks alcohol nor perhaps can they afford to open a bottle of wine every time they want to speak French, are there any other “cheats” to becoming fluent?
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