Does this sound natural ?

A: Are you good at English ?

K: Sure ! I'm really really confident in English.

  • with sounds better than in, imo. – Araucaria - Not here any more. Nov 15 '14 at 20:59
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    Nothing wrong with saying it. It's awfully formal, but maybe that's what A: really wants to know, so K: is demonstrating it. A more confident answer (like K: Sure.) would not mention being confident, but rather would demonstrate it. For instance, which statement inspires more confidence in the addressee: I'm confident the brake is off versus The brake is off? – John Lawler Nov 15 '14 at 21:00
  • @Araucaria ; Would using with stress that K has a good command of the language. Is this how it would sound different from in? – Itsme Nov 15 '14 at 21:25
  • @Itsme I'm not sure! JohnLawler's comment above is spot on though. – Araucaria - Not here any more. Nov 15 '14 at 21:27

It's not wrong, but it's not necessarily a natural idiom that a native speaker would use. You might say "I'm proficient in English, which is a bit more formal, or I'm great at English, which is more informal, but sounds more confident. If you wanted to use the actual word confident, you'd need something like I'm confident in my English skills --which actually doesn't sound that confident at all.

Your phrase, as it stands, technically means that you are confident when you speak English, but not necessarily because you speak English well.

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    Heaven knows being confident in your English and being competent in English are two different things. – Tim Lymington Nov 16 '14 at 0:01

I think it is more common to say "I'm really really confident in my English."

Consider this: if you say that you are confident in English, and if I hear this statement without any context, I might think that you have faith in the English language rather in your ability to speak it.


No, it doesn't sound natural. Usually one would respond with the same terms as being asked.

The asking party is asking about the ability:

Are you good at thing?

The proper response is, if true:

Yes, I am [very or really] good at thing.

If false:

No, I am not [very or really] good at thing.

More information on really vs very: ELU, Learner's Dictionary. And if you're really interested in a long treatise on really, Between epistemic modality and degree: the case of really (pdf) by Carita Paradis

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