Why do people in Spain say they are Spanish interpreter, study finds
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A new study has found that people in Spanish-speaking countries are more likely to say they’re bilingual, meaning they are able to understand both Spanish and English.
The study was carried out by researchers from the University of Alicante in Spain and the University at Würzburg in Germany.
They asked more than 500 people to complete an online questionnaire in Spanish and Spanish-language versions of the same questionnaires in English and English-language, Spanish-only and Spanish as well as in both English and Spanish.
The study, published in the journal Social Psychology and Personality Science, looked at how people who were bilingual, said to have more linguistic skill than their non-Spanish counterparts, responded to the same questions.
The results showed that people who spoke Spanish and spoke English were more likely than their Spanish- and English-)speaking peers to answer questions about their language skills in both languages, while people who did not speak Spanish or spoke English did not differ significantly from their non-“Spanish” counterparts.
The researchers found that bilingual people were more than twice as likely as non-bilingual people to say that they were bilingual.
It’s not clear whether bilingual people are more inclined to say something in Spanish or English than their “native” languages, or whether there’s a special ability to speak English and speak Spanish simultaneously.
“The fact that bilinguals are more apt to respond in both Spanish languages, suggests that the two languages are communicating via a common mechanism of communication,” said lead author Daniel López-Rodríguez, a researcher at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.
The study also found that the same people who answered the same Spanish and other questions in both the Spanish and the English versions of their Spanish and French-language version of the survey also answered the questions in Spanish only.
“Our findings indicate that there is a connection between bilingualism and language competence,” said co-author Maria Cordero, an associate professor of linguistics at the University and University of Texas.
“It’s important to note that bilingualism does not have to be an acquired linguistic skill.
It can simply be a way of knowing how to communicate.”
In the future, the researchers plan to extend the study to other languages to look for differences in the way people say they speak Spanish and speak English.
A new study has found that people in Spanish-speaking countries are more likely to say they’re bilingual, meaning they are…
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