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Sarajevo



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

Most locals speak enough English to help you with whatever you need. Many of the older people don't speak English, but are passable in German or Russian. But if you want to really get out beyond Sarajevo and the expat world, knowing some Bosnian is a huge help (not to mention respectful--we're living here, after all). There is the embassy's language program, and also plentiful local tutors at VERY reasonable rates. - Dec 25, 2017
A little. Most people speak some English, but it is nice to learn some of the language to make life easier for yourself. - Sep 26, 2017
Young people speak English. You don't need to speak Bosnian but locals would appreciate it. - Feb 6, 2017
We had language training and I use it everyday. However, English is spoken by pretty much everyone under 30. - May 26, 2016
It's helpful to know a few things to get around. The phonetic alphabet makes reading/writing Bosnian easy! But English is widely spoken, even by some grocery store check-out workers! - Aug 19, 2014
None in Sarajevo. Know the pleasantries,and you will break the ice better. Everyone under the age of 45 speaks some English. The main exception, being women who work at the check-outs at all the markets. They generally speak none. Also, English is less prevalent in the hinterland than it is in the cities. - Nov 26, 2012
Not much, but locals appreciate the attempt. I picked up a little and it helped. - Aug 17, 2011
some basics. - May 31, 2011
It helps, but it's not essential to survival in Sarajevo. - May 18, 2010
Very little. Point and nod works well. If you want to converse, you will need to learn the language, as some people speak English, but many do not or are not comfortable trying to. - Jun 19, 2009
Not too many people speak English, so it is a good idea to learn the basics (call a taxi, ask for prices, order food, etc). - Mar 18, 2009
Basics. Some do without but I think it is nice to at least know how to buy things at the marked. Don't expect many Bosnians to speak English. - Dec 17, 2008