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Alcohol helps you speak a foreign language

Want to impress with your fluent French? A glass or two of Chardonnay could definitely help.

A study from the University of Liverpool, King’s College and Maastricht University in the Netherlands last October found that moderate drinking noticeably improves pronunciation when speaking a second language.

Fifty native German speakers who had recently learnt Dutch were told to converse in their second language. One group was given a small amount of alcohol and the others a control substance. When assessed by native Dutch speakers, those who’d has a tipple were rated significantly better than the non-drinkers, specifically on pronunciation. The ideal amount to drink was just under a pint.

No one is entirely sure why this is the case. Jessica Werthmann, one of the researchers, said: “One possible mechanism could be the anxiety-reducing effect of alcohol. But more research is needed to test this”.

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