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Guatemala City

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

You could probably get by as a tourist without too much Spanish, but you will be very limited living here without it. - Jun 7, 2015
Learn Spanish. Not many people speak English except for those who went to college. The med unit has a list of doctors who speak English and were trained in the U.S., but you will still encounter many nurses, receptionists, cashiers, waiters, taxi drivers, etc. who don't speak English. A little Spanish knowledge goes a long way here! - Apr 23, 2014
A good command of Spanish is pretty much necessary for work and daily activities. - Jan 3, 2014
You should have a decent grasp of Spanish to be able to go about daily living. - Nov 7, 2011
It's very helpful to know Spanish. Some people speak English, but not as many as you would think. - May 2, 2010
It's very helpful to know Spanish. Much of the upper class seems to speak English but for day-to-day interactions you should really learn some Spanish at least. - Mar 11, 2008