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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 can get by with very little German, but it does help to know the language. - Jan 28, 2017
Basic knowledge of German will make your life easier, but Frankfurt's a very international city, so you don't really need it. - Aug 14, 2016
Not much. You can get by with English only but you'll feel constrained. You'll only need a little German to get by and that much is easily learned. - Feb 1, 2016
Probably don't need any, many speak English but they appreciate your effort to communicate in German. It is helpful to know basic signs and phrases, though I know many people who haven't learned any. - Dec 9, 2015
Not much, but Germans will appreciate it if you at least learn the basics. - Jun 27, 2014
I don't speak a word of German and do fine BUT lots of folks that speak German have a much richer cultural experience and the Germans DO appreciate you trying to communicate in German. They all learn English in school but loath to speak it unless they can do it well. They are a proud people. - Mar 30, 2014
Some German is needed because when visit a local doctor, the staff may not speak English. - Nov 7, 2013
None. - Apr 4, 2012
You can get by without German, but not as readily as everyone says. Really helps in small towns to speak the language. - Mar 4, 2012
I didn't think I would need much (I didn't receive language training).I have been surprised though at difficult I find not knowing German is when you live here. It seems that educated Germans who work in specific professions speak English quite well. However, people who do manual labor jobs, who work in stores, gas stations, bus drivers, tend not to speak it - or at least they don't want to. - Oct 3, 2011
A little German won't hurt. But most people speak a little English. - Jul 15, 2010
Almost anywhere you'll find someone that speaks English, but try to learn some German. - Jul 7, 2008
Knowing German is quite helpful. I recommend getting a Rosetta Stone and learning a little to save the frustrations when dealing with locals. - Feb 23, 2008
A little German is helpful. If you at least try to speak their language, Germans usually become very nice and helpful. - Jan 4, 2008