Could the way you look and behave have an effect on the way your skills in a second language are perceived?
My friend Diane of the blog Oui in France, commented on this very concept in her most recent post “What We Can Learn From Bradley Cooper Speaking French”:
“We’re perceived more positively (and better at our foreign language) by others when our non-verbal communication is friendly. Along with that, Bradley stays relaxed as he’s speaking and seems comfortable. It’s as if the eye contact/smiles erase the mistakes and put everyone at ease.”
I’ve linked her post to the graphic below so definitely head over there and give the entire thing a read.
I think Bradley Cooper is an ideal example of what I’m trying to illustrate here- he is neither bilingual or conventionally fluent in French as his second language, BUT much of the public with little knowledge of French might not realize that based on the numerous factors that Diane mentions such as how he presents himself, his facial and body language, how he approaches mistakes, and his self-confidence. Undeniably so, we might also be more lenient with our opinion based on his looks (not too shabby in the least). Using Cooper as Exhibit A, I think I would be apt to say that attractiveness, along with all these other behaviour factors, ABSOLUTELY have a positive effect on how language skills are perceived and I think the most important of all these are two-fold: the first is to not take yourself too seriously and the second is to exhibit confidence. You can watch Cooper in action here:
What do you guys think? Does The Bradley Cooper Effect exist? Have you experienced it first-hand?
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