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Gaborone



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

In Gaborone, and other urban areas of the country English is spoken by everyone. - Apr 30, 2017
Very little. Very few expatriates speak Setswana. - Jul 8, 2016
None. - Mar 2, 2015
English is spoken here as well as Setswana. You don't need to learn Setswana.. too difficult. - Oct 12, 2014
99% of the people in Gaborone will speak English. Setswana is mostly used when you are talking to older people and when you are outside of the city. - Nov 24, 2013
None. English is used everywhere, however, many people from the villages (employed in Gaborone as domestic workers; waiters; cashiers) do not understand or speak it well. Setswana is the local language. - Jul 27, 2013
None, really, but it is always good to have a few phrases. - Apr 22, 2013
English is the official language, but everyone prefers to speak Setswana. Some knowledge of Setswana (greetings, polite phrases) will make you popular with your local friends/contacts, but is not required. - Jun 6, 2010