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

Most people get by without any Georgian, because it's a pain to learn and useless anywhere else in the world. Most older Georgians speak Russian and most younger Georgians speak English. I do take Georgian twice a week through the embassy, and I'm really glad I have it. I think it's be impossible to navigate in a taxi in English (another benefit of Taxify - you can enter your destination without having to speak to the driver). It's also nice to be able to read signs. Georgian people also LOVE it when foreigners speak Georgian, so my day-to-day is just filled with more positivity than if I didn't speak the language at all. I think having a little would go a long way. - Apr 10, 2017
The embassy offers several language classes. Some Georgian or Russian would be extremely helpful to get around and read menus. - Feb 14, 2017
You can get by with English here for sure in the city. Out of the city it is hit and miss. Some Georgian or Russian is helpful. - May 1, 2016
You could probably do without it, but a little goes a long way. Garmajobat! - Jul 17, 2014
Many educated Georgians speak English, so for work purposes Georgian is not needed, though always appreciated. Most everyone over the age of 30 speaks Russian and people are generally quite amenable to using Russian. Learning the Georgian alphabet at minimum the alphabet, vocabulary for taxis, and the numbers is very helpful and will make your life easier. Georgian is a very difficult language. - Oct 31, 2011
Some would be great, but honestly can get away without any. - Sep 24, 2011
Learn Russian. Everybody knows it, and you will be able to use it in over 15 countries. Georgian is the most widely spoken language in Tbilisi, but it is a worthless language to learn, as their is no relation to Russian and has just a few more speakers than Basque in Spain. - Apr 27, 2011
You should know the basic phrases in Georgian. Definitely learn the Georgian alphabet. Although many of the older people speak Russian, they prefer not to. A lot of the younger people are now learning English rather than Russian. - Jun 9, 2010
Most locals speak either Russian (only) or also English to various degrees. Learn some Georgian. You can get away without much. - Oct 12, 2009
Depends on what your life is like. If you're working in the Embassy you will be speaking English all the time. But no matter what, please learn how to say and understand basic greetings and questions. Knowing how to read at least the alphabet so you can sound out words is also helpful. That way you can read what signage exists. Russian is spoken by some but not preferred. Most under 25 don't even know Russian at all. - Jan 27, 2009