Posted: 28/02/2016 at 09:40
Knowing how language works is important. When we came to Belgium 25 years ago I trotted off to classes to improve my schoolgirl French. Being old enough to have had serious English grammar lessons and being able to aprse a sentence I coped happily with all the lovely French pedantry of agreeing adjectives and particles with their object and the intricacies of the subjunctive.
Friends only two years younger who had gone to schools who thought grammar was a snobbery bore had no idea and never learned more than enough French to buy things in a supermarket where you only need say hello and thank you.
My daughter has had little formal English education as she went to the local Belgian school where English is the third language and thus has learned her English from us and, unfortunately, lots of USA TV and films plus the Beeb. I correct her vocabulary and grammar quite often as she will need good English for her career.
Being able to construct a sentence, punctuate it and use the correct words is essential to clear communication but not a barrier to friendship with people of greater or lesser ability in languages or any other knowledge than oneself.
That is down to personality.