Does being able to speak a foreign language improve your confidence? Of course, it does! Even native English speakers are constantly battling with irregular verbs in order to speak English with confidence :-). The long list of ’exceptions to rules’ doesn’t help either. This post is not just for my foreign readers – many of whom come from Japan, India, Indonesia and other places. I think there’s a lot here for my anglophone friends as well – even though this is a slight diversion from what we normally write about here.
After teaching English and Literature at leaving-exams level in secondary (high) school, I trained as a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) teacher and have since taught English to students from all the main world-wide languages. However, even I sometimes have to double check my writing and speech for grammar mistakes.