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Old 26 October 2017, 02:30 AM
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Default Alcohol Can Help You Speak A Foreign Language More Fluently

A small study published last week in the Journal of Psychopharmacology shows that a small amount of alcohol can help people speak a foreign language better. Researchers found that imbibing helped people speak a non-native language more fluently, even when they didn’t think they were doing that well.

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Old 26 October 2017, 02:40 AM
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A related study showed that imbibing a large amount of alcohol helps people speak a non-native language more incoherently.
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Old 26 October 2017, 02:51 AM
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It might be worth noting that the language in question was Dutch
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Old 26 October 2017, 04:08 AM
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I wouldn't be all that surprised if the study's correct.

Many years ago I took a French test in a state of exhaustion. I didn't think that my mind was working well at all. I expected a terrible score, but I was too tired to worry much about it.

I got the best score I'd ever gotten in that class on that test.

I concluded that (to put it in I'm sure neurologically entirely incorrect terms) the back of my head knew (and probably still knows) more French than the front of my head. Thinking consciously about translating between languages was getting in my way. Exhaustion took that portion of my mind out of gear and let whatever part had actually learned some French get the job done without interference. The right amount of alcohol would probably do something similar.
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Old 26 October 2017, 04:22 AM
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I have experienced this. I took Spanish all through middle and high school, but that didn't really enable me to carry on a conversation. Working in a restaurant with native speaker co-workers helped with fluency, as did a two- week immersive program in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The latter was when I discovered that the struggles of my afternoon conversation class melted away after a cerveza or two. I always figured it was a matter of getting out of my head and getting out of my own way so I wouldn't care so much if my grammar wasn't cien porciento correcto porque a nadie le importa, con tal de que puedo comunicar que me gustarria una cerveza mas.
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Old 26 October 2017, 05:35 AM
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Most people are shy about speaking another language, especially if they are worried they might look dumb due to grammar errors.

A beer or two helps the words flow.

Most language teachers tell their students they need to just speak and not be so hung up on making mistakes. Most listeners are not that concerned with the grammar, they just want to understand the message.

Exceptions are the ones giving the language tests.
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Old 26 October 2017, 06:29 AM
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Is this really new? Studying "Business and Legal English" at the University of Edinburgh in the 90's, I remember being told that "according to a study" you speak a foreign language most fluent after two shot of vodka. One shot isn't enough to free your unconsious knowledge and to help you associate freely, and three shots are to much. According too what I've been told, they choose shots of vodka to make the results reproduceable more easily than with beer or wine.

This is all anecdotal, of course, since I never actually read the study.


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Old 26 October 2017, 08:44 AM
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A related study showed that imbibing a large amount of alcohol helps people speak a non-native language more incoherently.
Yet another article in the same Journal of Psychopharmacology found that certain substances allow language to speak you more fluently.
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. Most listeners are not that concerned with the grammar, they just want to understand the message. .
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allow language to speak you more fluently.
Two messages there, ganz?
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Two messages there, ganz?
I was expecting a "In Soviet Russia..." before that comment.
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In my experience, nobody can speak Russian unless they've had some alcohol.

Note, however that while yes, drinking does improve your language use, a hangover definitely does not.
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Well I imagine it will improve your ability to speak in other tongues..
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It also improves your ability to make late-night calls to your ex, begging him/her to take you back, while at the same time, berating him/her for dumping you in the first place.
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I was expecting a "In Soviet Russia..." before that comment.
Yes. I knew I couldn't write the joke but I didn't want to go full Yakov. That would have made it worse. ("In Soviet Russia, joke makes you.")
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