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

You need to know basic words in Spanish. Yes, and post offers language classes in Spanish, English for local staff and EFMs who need it, as well as French, the second official language. - Aug 20, 2017
If you never leave the compound, none. Many of the local restaurants also have wait staff who speak English. That being said, some basic Spanish always helps around town, and especially if you ever get stopped by the police. - Sep 7, 2014
Of course, knowing Spanish helps. Strangely, though, many locals donít speak Spanish well, as they rely more on their tribal language or pidgin English. Knowing some French also comes in handy. - Jun 15, 2012