Alcohol has its pros and cons. Some research has shown that drinking in moderation can be good for you, but the downsides are well reported. In fact, just being tipsy can negatively impact your children if you’re a parent.
However, a new study takes alcohol’s side, showing that a bit of dutch courage can be beneficial if you speak more than one language.
The research, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, investigated the idea is that alcohol improves our ability to speak in a foreign language.
￼Researchers tested how a low dose of alcohol could impact 50 German participants’ ability to speak in Dutch, which, as students at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, they had all recently learned to speak, read, and write in.
They were randomly assigned to either be given the equivalent of just under a pint’s worth of alcohol, or a placebo (no alcohol). They were then asked to speak Dutch. They were rated by two native Dutch speakers who did not know whether they had been given alcohol or not.
Those who had consumed alcohol were rated significantly higher by the native Dutch speakers, specifically on their pronunciation, compared to the other group. However, when asked to rate themselves, the German subjects didn’t rate themselves any better or worse based on the group they were in.
“Our study shows that acute alcohol consumption may have beneficial effects on the pronunciation of a foreign language in people who recently learned that language,” said Dr Inge Kersbergen, one of the authors of the study from the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Psychology, Health, and Society. “This provides some support for the lay belief (among bilingual speakers) that a low dose of alcohol can improve their ability to speak a second language.”
However, other researchers on the team, Fritz Renner and Jessica Werthmann, stressed that more research is needed, and that only a very low dose of alcohol was used in this study. After all, it is well known that higher amounts of alcohol impair cognitive and motor functions, such as the ability to remember, pay attention, and act appropriately.
“Higher levels of alcohol consumption might not have beneficial effects on the pronunciation of a foreign language,” Renner added. (Business Insider)
Popular female rapper, Eno Barony has disclosed why in her estimation she is still single even though she is ready for a serious relationship and searching for a man to date.
According to her, men are scared to approach her because they think she represents the persona in her raps. The ‘Fear no man’ crooner told Hitz Fm that, she is a ‘tomboy’ (a lady who behaves like a man) and it might also be part of the reasons men are scared to approach her.
“Some of them think the way I am, that’s how I am, maybe, I’ll beat them
Award winning musician, David Adedeji Adeleke , a.k.a Davido has hit 10 million followers on Instagram.
Instagram is a social networking application that enables users capture, share and edit photos, videos and messages with friends in a creative way.
The “FIA” crooner thus became the first Nigerian artist to achieve such feat.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the DMW boss took to his official Instagram account to celebrate this achievement and said that he would ”post every win for everyone to see.”
The 26-year-old artist had set such record of firsts previously.
He was the first Nigerian artist to reach 1 million, 2 million, 5 million and 9 million followers on Instagram.
His 2017 hit song, “Fall” became the first Nigerian music video to hit 100 million views on YouTube.
The Daps-directed video had made Nigerian YouTube history as the most-viewed Nigerian music in recent times.
Also, his song, “Wonder Woman” was listed as one of the hottest tracks from across the African continent by Apple Music.
Another Nigerian artist with a large fan base on social media is Wizkid, with 7.2 million followers.