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

Little to none. Classes/tutors are available and affordable, although most don't use them. - Jul 21, 2017
Chichewa, Chiyao, & Chigoni are the 3 local languages and Chichewa is the most common. It is not necessary for daily living, but greatly appreciated by Malawians if you can get the greetings and common phrases down. There are several tutors. - Oct 16, 2016
None - Aug 2, 2015
English is the national language. - Sep 17, 2013
English is the official language, though Chichewa is the dominant language, and many people's English skills are very limited. I've known a few expats who have learned some Chichewa, but it is not necessary. - Sep 26, 2012
I didn't really learn much Chichewa at all. Everyone speaks English, which is also the offical language of Malawi. - Sep 17, 2009
Very little, but it is always appreciated to know a few phrases. - Jul 27, 2009