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

I try to use 10-15 expressions. Slovaks are easy to deal with--transactional and polite. - Aug 26, 2017
I learned a little Slovak when I first go to post and it was helpful when out shopping or in restaurants. Generally in Bratislava you will find people who speak English. Outside of the city, in the villages you wont have as much English. - Jun 22, 2017
If you dont speak Slovak, try English or German. - Feb 11, 2017
It's helpful to have some Slovak. Often people working in grocery stores (or other shops) and restaurants don't speak any English. - Sep 19, 2016
You can get by pretty well with almost no knowledge of Slovak. It's nice to know it and sometimes helps if a waiter forgets to bring an English language menu, but in most places people in service jobs speak at least some English. Many people here also speak German. - Jun 23, 2015
English is getting to be pretty common in Bratislava, especially among the younger people. Most servers in restaurants speak english because tour groups are so common. Some Slovak skills would be helpful on trips around the country. - Dec 25, 2009
None - most speak English at a very good level. - Apr 7, 2010