Alcohol helps you speak foreign languages
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Those who are struggling speaking foreign languages rescue form jitter seek in alcoholic drinks that reduce shame and fear of mistakes when we talk to somebody in foreign language.
On the other hand, research has shown that alcohol reduces cognitive abilities, damages the motor skills and negatively affects memory and maintaining attention. After drinking more than we can cope with, we become too self-confident and this may be the answer to the question: why we speak better foreign language when we drink alcohol. It may be the alcohol speaking from us.
The answer to this question is given by British and Dutch scientists who conducted the experiment published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. It turns out that people after a small dose of alcohol speak a foreign language much better, even if they do not think so.
Two minutes of talk after one beer
In the same survey, 50 Germans were asked to talk to Dutch in their language for two minutes. Before that, half of them were served with water and the other half with alcohol. The amount of alcohol depended on the weight of the person, so for example, a person weighted about 70 kilos was given a half a liter of beer.
The conversations were filmed, and after that the Dutch rated people without knowing who drank alcohol and who did not. The participants of the survey also evaluated themselves how well they spoke foreign language.
Surprisingly, alcohol did not have an impact on how people rate themselves, but they were much better than those who drank water. Their pronunciation was "cleaner," and they talked much faster.
Commenting the results, the researchers said that more studies were needed to identify the exact effects alcohol has on speaking foreign languages.
“We need to be cautious about the implication of these results until we know more about what causes the observed results,” they wrote. “One possible mechanism could be anxiety-reducing effect of alcohol.”