The study found that low doses of alcohol may help with foreign language pronunciation as discovered by testing on participants. It’s important to bear in mind that only low doses of alcohol were used…getting absolutely smashed will probably not help you in your journey to understand other languages!
The study looked at 50 native German speakers who were studying at the University of Maastricht and recently picked up the local language. (The university is situated in The Netherlands.)
The test participants were given either an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage and asked to hold a conversation in their non-native language. Researchers found that those who were slightly intoxicated due to the alcohol did in fact have better skills at pronunciation than their sober colleagues!
While alcohol traditionally impairs a person’s ability to speak coherently and pay attention (especially at higher volumes) , it also increases a person’s self-confidence and as such could be expected to improve language pronunciation when a conversation is being held between a group of people.
Dr Jessica Werthmann who was one of the researchers who conducted the study at the University said,
“We need to be cautious about the implications of these results until we know more about what causes the observed results.
One possible mechanism could be the anxiety-reducing effect of the alcohol.
But more research is needed to test this.”
So! There you have it, what do you think? Although the research is in its early stages, maybe in a few years having a drink or two will be the verified way to help you learn and pronounce new languages!
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