But even more important than being better able to navigate a foreign country, science has found that learning a foreign language has many other benefits, including making you smarter, building multitasking and decision-making skills, warding off Alzheimer’s, improving memory, and more.
So, what’s the best way to learn a new language?
According to a recent report in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, researchers gathered 50 native German speakers who had recently learned to speak Dutch, and the test subjects were split into two groups. One of the groups was given a low dose of alcohol (equivalent to a bit under a pint of 5 percent beer for a 154-pound male) and the other group received a beverage with no alcohol. Participants then engaged in a standardized discussion in Dutch with an experimenter, with the discussion recorded and then rated for language skills by two native Dutch speakers.