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La Paz

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

You need Spanish. You could get around without, but your experience would be limited. There are many options for tutors. I can't speak for price, but I cannot imagine it is expensive. - Sep 2, 2016
If you don't speak the language, get a tablet and use Google Translate. English is more common here than what I was expecting but I still need electronic hep to express more intricate instructions or inquiries. - Jun 9, 2015
You need Spanish for day-to-day communication as locals speak Spanish and Aymara (indigenous language). - Apr 6, 2015
Spanish is essential here. Few Bolivians speak any English. You can get by with survival Spanish or take classes though the Embassy but you need some in order to meet people and enjoy your time. - Nov 8, 2014
Your life will be much more enjoyable here if you speak Spanish. English is not widely spoken. There are a lot of Spanish language schools in Bolivia and private tutors are inexpensive. - Jan 1, 2014
I picked up a lot over the 2 years -- very little English is spoken. - Jul 22, 2013
You must know it to some extent. Very few people speak english here. - Jun 22, 2013
You should have some Spanish. Especially if you leave the main part of La Paz. - Jul 20, 2012
Some will help. - Feb 9, 2012
You must speak Spanish. - Aug 7, 2011
You need to be good in Spanish. It will not be an enjoyable tour without it. - May 27, 2011
Basic Spanish but if you want to have bolivian friends you need to speak the language. - May 26, 2011
Language is very important here. You can get by with the basics, but I feel that to really be able to get around in a taxi, go shopping etc. you should have a good understanding of the language. - Mar 14, 2011
Lots. - Aug 25, 2010
You need to speak some Spanish. - Jan 7, 2010
Spanish is quite useful as most folks don't use or speak english. - Aug 21, 2009