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

Depends on how you live. Many people, especially younger people, speak at least some English. - May 17, 2016
You can get by with just English but a little bit of Bulgarian helps a lot. - Dec 18, 2014
None. - Nov 23, 2014
New generation is really good in English. Elderlies don't even speak a word of it. - Aug 16, 2014
Plenty. Most people over 40 don't speak a word of English. Younger people speak more, but in general English language skills are very low here. - Jun 3, 2011
Not a whole lot. Many people survive not speaking any. Quite a few Bulgarians speak English. They sure do appreciate it and encourage it when you do try to make the effort to speak though. I've had some experiences in stores where we can't understand one another, so we use a lot of hand gesturing. Being able to read Cyrillic would be very helpul to read food labels and street signs etc. - Oct 30, 2009
Many younger Bulgarians speak English or other major European languages. Older people tend to speak only Bulgarian. Learning Bulgarian is definitely necessary if you wish to know the culture better and participate in business. - Feb 9, 2008