spouse language learning

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An interesting question to ask, and one that has had some research done on it. Let’s face it if you are single you are out there and say ‘I’m single and ready to mingle!”. something’s got to be good about it.  But really this is only going to be good for you if you are determined to mingle in the English speaking crowd.

But what if you are married or in a long term relationship? Some people completely jump the gun and just marry an English speaker, that way they can get both, a great relationship and get really good at English too. But for many marrying outside of their culture is of no interest. So what are the chances of improving your English if your partner doesn’t speak it?

In fact the results are in:

Well, a course is a course whether it is English or Neuroscience, and when it comes to actually ‘learning the language’ here is some research found.

  • a married man learns English faster than a single man.  Interesting.  Why is that?
  • …and a married woman learns English at the same rate as if she were single. However tends to learn English in all disciplines faster than a married men. Interesting.

So what does this mean?

To me this means that marriage is actually really good for men, it obviously gives them focus rather than being out there all the time ‘chasing tail’ as they say.

Whereas women are just plain hardworking no matter what…..


Of course if you are both learning English that’s got to be a double win-win! Because you can practice the speaking as well as work on understanding the concepts together. But chances are that the man generally will make more of an effort at the speaking outside of the marriage as he is more likely to have the confidence to use it in a new situation, however when a woman uses it in a new situation, she is more likely to make less errors….

Something to think about.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think this is true?






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