Everyone gets a bit loose when they drink, sometimes a sip of alcohol can help “calm the nerves” as they say, or even give you a boost of confidence. Liquid courage, right? Well it turns out a bit of booze can help with more than just the bravery to ask out that cute barista, it can help you speak a different language better.
Now, I’m not saying if you down a pint you will magically be able to hold a conversation in Swahili. More like if you already know a little French you will be able to pronounce words better, but still…pretty cool. Researchers studied fifty native German speakers who had recently learned Dutch and randomly gave participants a small amount of alcohol, or nothing at all. The subjects then took part in a standardized discussion in Dutch.
“The discussion was audio-recorded and foreign language skills were subsequently rated by two native Dutch speakers who were blind to the experimental condition (observer-rating). Participants also rated their own individual Dutch language skills during the discussion (self-rating).”
Following the experiment, observers rated participants who consumed alcohol to be significantly better at the Dutch language than their sober counterparts.
Sooo if you want to speak a foreign language better, break out the booze and you should be just fine.