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

The younger generation speaks good English, but you might have a hard time generally if you don't speak Greek. - Oct 3, 2017
You can get by with English, though you'll occasionally run into a taxi driver or shopkeeper who does not speak English. Greek language instruction is available. - Jan 15, 2017
Most Athenians speak English. Road signage, especially on highways, is in Greek and English so navigating around is not an issue. The metro signage is also in Greek and English. Greek language schools are available. For example, www.lexi-logos.gr/en/ and The Athens Center (http://athenscentre.gr). - Dec 20, 2016
You need to know the alphabet at least. Most people spoke at least some English, but the street signs are only in Greek. The smaller villages you will need to use Greek more than inside Athens. I learned only about 20 words and only had trouble communicating a couple times. - Sep 7, 2013
Greek is a VERY difficult language to learn but any little bit would help. All Greeks between the ages of 10-45 speak English and/or French. - Jul 14, 2012
None. But if you try, the Greeks are friendlier. - Jun 30, 2010
It would be really helpful. Wish I knew more. There are quite a few english speakers here, but knowing how to read this language would be nice. - Jan 6, 2009
You can't drive here without being able to at least read the Greek alphabet. - Dec 27, 2008
I used Earworms and found that helpful. Start with the alphabet-- that helps make eeeeverything easier. I use about 100 words and get by. - Jun 20, 2008