Let’s be a little sexist.  Who talks more men or women?

About a year ago, Louann Brizendine, founder and director of the University of California,  San Francisco’s Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic, published The Female Brain. One of the most cited gems within its pages was a claim that women are chatterboxes, speaking an average of 20,000 words per day, nearly three times the mere 7,000 spoken by men

A bestselling book claims that women say an average of 20,000 words a day and men only 7,000. Can it be true? We ( The Guardian UK) wired up two writers to find out

The results

Hannah said 12,329* words
Tim said 11,279 words
*Hannah accidentally turned off her recorder for two hours, however, so her real total could be 14,000.


  • At an early age, girls tend to have one or two girlfriends with whom they play regularly. They are more likely to discuss feelings and the impact of events upon themselves.
  • Women use language to create and maintain social cohesiveness and their activities are generally co-operative and non-competitive.
  • In all female groups women often discuss one topic for more than a half-hour.

Is this is why there are so many women in language classes in San Miguel or is it simply that there are so many women?

Have you noticed the gringo women  (it’s always women) who want everyone to know they can speak Spanish?

They are always making themselves the center of attention, engaging any hapless Mexican within range in endless conversation, speaking louder than any true-blue Mexicana, gesturing wildly, emoting beyond reasonable measure, with occasional furtive glances to the left and right to make sure somebody (anybody) is watching…and suitably impressed with their linguistic abilities (hmmmm…could easily attach significance to THAT ability as well!)