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Sunday 24 June 2018

Alcohol can help you speak foreign languages

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Alexander Britton

A swift drink may help improve your foreign language skills, research suggests.

The study looked at whether Dutch courage would boost people's ability to speak a second language - or if it would turn their words into double Dutch.

It looked at 50 native German speakers who were studying at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands and had recently picked up the local language.

The group was given either an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink and then held a conversation in their non-native language.

Researchers found those who were slightly intoxicated had better pronunciation than their sober colleagues.

However, Dr Fritz Renner, one of the researchers who conducted the study, noted: "Higher levels of alcohol consumption might not have beneficial effects on the pronunciation."

Irish Independent

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