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Santo Domingo

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

Easy to survive without any Spanish, but the city and country is much more interesting if you can converse with locals. - Nov 18, 2016
Few people speak English. You really need some Spanish to get around. - Apr 28, 2016
Very few people speak English, so having the ability to speak basic Spanish is really important. - Jan 28, 2016
A lot if you don't want to feel depressed and discouraged to going out. Dominican Spanish is a difficult language to understand.... it is not like the Spanish you learn online or even at FSI. The more you know, the better tour you will have. - Jan 19, 2016
Lots! - Aug 10, 2015
You need it to function well. - Aug 2, 2015
You need at least a conversational level in order to engage in any haggling of items. Not many people in the city speak English in the local establishments, but you have to have a minimal level in order to get around. - Aug 25, 2014
It's hard to get around without some Spanish. - Jul 14, 2013
It would be difficult to live here without knowing any Spanish. English is not widely spoken outside of the resorts. - Apr 30, 2013
You need to speak Spanish because almost no one speaks English. I should also note that Dominican Spanish is very different from textbook Spanish and is very difficult to understand. - Apr 29, 2013
English is not widely spoken. - Jan 24, 2013
It's pretty hard to get around without Spanish. Few Dominicans know English outside the Zona Colonial and those that do are probably going to try to hustle you. - Jun 4, 2012
You need to be strong in Spanish. Almost no one here speaks English. Dominican Spanish is also much harder than Castellano and South American Spanish, so expect a learning cure even if you're solid. - Mar 13, 2012
Spanish is a must, although some locals speak limited English. - Feb 22, 2012
To hire service and services a lot. - Feb 12, 2012
some - Oct 5, 2011
You need Spanish! It's ok to have imperfect Spanish as Dominicans are patient but I think it would be very difficult to live here without any Spanish. You need it to order in a restaurant, buy groceries, pay bills, and communicate in general. - Jun 21, 2011
Lots, although surprisingly many Dominicans speak English. - May 21, 2011
you will be frustrated if you dont speak spanish - Nov 10, 2010
You HAVE to speak Spanish in order to function in daily life. Outside of major hotels, no one speaks English. - Aug 11, 2010
Spanish is very necessary. But beware that Dominicans are hard to understand. If you are with the State Dept. and you have your kids at Carol Morgan School, then you can get by with English. However, if you should want to ask someone directions, or ask for something at the grocery store, or call up the company that provides you internet or tv because there is an issue, you will need some Spanish. - Jun 29, 2010
It really helps to know Spanish. Your kids will suffer unless they can learn or know Spanish quickly. CMS is a Spanish-speaking school for all intents and purposes. - May 13, 2009
Some Spanish is helpful, but one can get by without. - Nov 24, 2008
As is typical, the more you know the better. But, one *can* get by with little language ability. - Oct 19, 2008
You can get by with a few dozen key phrases. Some English spoken here. - Aug 19, 2008
One must have a working-level knowledge of Spanish. That said, people are generally happy to try to figure out what you're trying to say - they appeciate the effort. - Jun 8, 2008
Spanish is an absolute must. - Feb 11, 2008