Does alcohol make you a better language learner?
Over 40 years ago, a study in language learning was conducted, that concluded that consuming a mild to moderate amount of alcohol results in better oral production of a foreign language. Although most language schools don’t put this principle into practice in the classroom, people haven’t stopped talking about it since. So, what’s going on here?
Shouldn’t consuming alcohol reduce your ability to perform mental tasks? Won’t it make your language slurred or unintelligible?
The key here is the phrase “mild to moderate.” If you consume enough alcohol to become blackout drunk, chances are you won’t be able to have an in-depth conversation with a language partner. Aside from other health benefits noted from consuming moderate amounts of alcohol, the reduced inhibition should allow you to communicate more clearly.
So will I be able to speak Spanish fluently after a few margaritas at my favorite Knoxville Mexican restaurant?
Consuming alcohol won’t give you any special powers, and you won’t magically be able to communicate in a language you haven’t studied. (Consume enough, and you may believe that you are able to, though). It will simple help you relax enough to use the words and grammar that you recall, without your nervousness or doubts about your own language ability getting in the way.
So what’s the recommended amount?
According to research, 1.5 ounces/44 mL of 45% alcoholic liquor was the optimum amount, consumed on a mostly empty stomach. We’ll let you contemplate exactly what that translates to in your own life, but suffice it to say, a relatively mild-to-moderate amount is best. Overdo it, and your speech skills may deteriorate in any language.
But I don’t drink alcohol because of my religious beliefs or medical conditions.
Whether you are from Knoxville, Dubai or New Delhi, you may find yourself unable to consume alcohol for whatever reason. While that does exclude you from experiencing the benefits of this study, it does not mean you can’t be a successful language learner. The key benefit here results from relaxation and lowered inhibition. Trying other methods of relaxation, like meditation, yoga, or massage may also help to lower your inhibitions as well.
Here at Confidence Learning Services, our courses don’t typically involve a round of beer. But we do focus on giving you the skills and support you need to make you Confident, reduce your inhibitions, and communicate clearly. Are you ready to get started? Contact us today for more information or to start your first course. 1-865-226-9477.