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

Very little. Obviously you should try, but being on the border many people speak some English. There aren't that many Spanish classes, most language programs offer English. - Nov 5, 2017
lots of people speak some English. - May 31, 2015
Just the basics, most people speak some degree of English. - Mar 25, 2015
Spanish is helpful, more so than I thought. - Apr 30, 2014
It helps of course, but most educated people and younger kids speak English. - Feb 15, 2014
In the touristy parts, you can get by with English, but having some basic Spanish is key to being able to interact with most of the locals in Tijuana, and parts of San Ysidro and Chula Vista too! - Apr 4, 2011
You can get by with English, everyone seems to speak it. However, the locals will like you a lot more, and your time will be more enjoyable, if you attempt to at least learn a little Spanglish. - Mar 5, 2011
30-50%. Most everyone speaks English here and in fact, you will find even native Spanish speakers seem to lose some of their skill because you hardly get to use the Spanish. - Dec 29, 2010
You can live with none, but a month or two of classes will really help. - Aug 11, 2010
Even though most Mexicans have varying degress English, it's appreciated when you make the effort to speak in Spanish. - Mar 11, 2008