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How much of the local language do you need for daily living? Are local language classes/tutors available and affordable?

I speak the language and I find it extremely helpful to do so. Yes there are local classes and tutors. - Mar 23, 2017
Nothing is in English. Because the language is Portuguese, it's fairly easy to read if you have another Romance language. - Apr 23, 2016
The more, the better. - Mar 28, 2015
A lot. If you don't know Portuguese you will have a hard time. - Aug 31, 2014
You need as much Portuguese as possible. Very few people speak any English. It is mpossible to find a domestic with any English. Spanish will get you by, but try to get as much Portuguese training for yourself and your family before you come here. It will make your life much easier. - Jul 11, 2013
You should have Portuguese training, as local companies do not require English. English is not a national language. - Apr 24, 2013
local language is portuguese, advisable to learn just the basic, to give instructions to domestic helper / driver - Aug 4, 2011
You need a basic understanding of Portuguese or Spanish. French will work occasionally in a pinch. English is not very common. - Aug 3, 2011
Very important! Portuguese (or at least Spanish). - Apr 15, 2009