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

Most people speak some English. I get by fine and really only know a few words in Sinhalese. - Sep 28, 2017
If you learn some Sinhala, you will be greatly appreciated! Even some Tamil as there are many in the businesses and resorts that speak Tamil. However if you only know English you will do okay! Most tuk-tuk drivers know a little and can get around and most shops you will frequent will speak some English. - Mar 20, 2017
None. - Sep 28, 2013
Not a lot in Colombo but it would be very beneficial outside. It's appreciated, too. - Sep 23, 2012
It really helps to learn the basics in Sinhala - yes, no, thank you, (I) don't want it, it's too expensive, right, left, stop, etc. - Dec 7, 2011
Basically none as everybody speaks English, but the British Council has Sinhala classes and that is great way to meet people when you first arrive. - Feb 8, 2010
None. - Sep 7, 2008
English is widely spoken. - Feb 26, 2008