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

Some Turkish is certainly necessary. You can get by without in the tourist areas, but at grocers, in cabs and at smaller restaurants basic Turkish is necessary. Post offers language classes for employees and families. - Sep 27, 2017
You will get caught up pointing and talking loudly and slowly to be understood at some point (does that EVER work with ANY language?). It is best to have even a little Turkish before coming to post. - Oct 24, 2010
The more you have, the easier it is anywhere you go. I do not consider myself much of a Turkish speaker, but all efforts are appreciated if you smile and be patient and remember YOU are the foreigner. - Jan 4, 2010
Good to have basic Turkish as taxi drivers and most do not have English - Jan 3, 2010
You need basics, and a few formalities. With zero Turkish it could be unpleasant to be here, but every little effort to speak the language is most appreciated by locals. Businesses catering to expats and many professional contacts will speak English. - Dec 21, 2009
Outside of the tourist areas there is very little English spoken. Turkish is a must. It also helps when bargaining prices. - Dec 3, 2009