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

None. You can manage with English. - Oct 22, 2017
English will allow you to get pretty much anywhere and do pretty much everything. Taxi and tuk-tuk drivers know enough English for navigation. Store owners know enough for selling. Knowing some Hindi can be nice and gets you a better price. The US Embassy offers classes for its employees and families. You can also find local tutors for cheap. - Mar 15, 2017
English is widely used. Hindi is helpful, but you will be fine without it. - Feb 14, 2017
Not much, though it would be really useful and get you far. - Nov 8, 2016
You can do fine with just English, but speaking some Hindi or a local variant will open doors to amazing encounters that English-only speakers will miss. Many language classes are available, but check their references. - Jun 2, 2016
Not required, since many people know some degree of English. However, that being said, a little Hindi goes a long way, so try to learn a few phrases--it will open doors and friendships. Knowing the local language has had a positive impact on our time in India. - Sep 6, 2014
I have been able to get along fine without knowing any. - Sep 3, 2014
You don't need any, but isn't it always nice to know a few polite phrases? No mater where you are, I find that's true. - Aug 14, 2013
You can get around in this former British colony with only English, but learning local polite greetings helps. If you take trains and travel in north India, Hindi helps, but it isn't necessary. - May 18, 2013
Not much... - Oct 21, 2012
English is good. It was a British colony, so most people you'll be dealing with know English. - Sep 16, 2012
None. - Aug 12, 2011
I'd argue you should have some basics for haggling with taxi drivers, but you can make do without hindi I suppose. - Aug 7, 2011
You can get around speaking English, but its better to speak Hindi. - Aug 4, 2011
You can do fine with English only, but certainly a little Hindi helps. - Jan 8, 2011
Almost none for Delhi proper. Hindi helps, but isn't required. - Sep 18, 2010
You can survive with English only, although lots of Indians do not speak the language properly. If they do, you might not understand all they want to tell you anyway because of their heavy accents. - Aug 30, 2010
None is needed but a little Hindi always helps improve your experience. - Aug 12, 2010
It's good to know a little, but most locals speak some English in all the shops I've gone to. - Aug 1, 2010
It's good to know a little but most people speak some English in all the shops I've gone to. - Mar 11, 2008
Most everyone speaks enough English to understand what we're saying. We know Hindi words for food items, which makes it easier when grocery shopping, or when eating out. Other than that, you should be okay knowing only English. - Feb 4, 2008