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

English is the official language--sort of. English is not most Zambians' first language, so don't assume they understand. Numerous tribal languages spoken here. - Nov 16, 2017
Almost none. A few words in Bemba, Nyanja, or Tonga can help to show respect (though you should know when to use which). There are local language teachers; I'm not sure how expensive they are. - Jan 4, 2017
None, but it wouldn't hurt to learn the common greetings. - Jun 8, 2016
None, but a couple of words in either Bemba or Nyanja will get you smiles. - May 17, 2016
None. You will seldom come across a person who doesn't speak English and you never will in shops/business. - Mar 3, 2015
None but people appreciate it when you can greet in local languages. English is the official language. - Aug 22, 2014
None, most speak English. - Jan 29, 2014
Although Zambia has over 60 local languages, English is the official language and everyone speaks it well, although with an inflection you may need some time to become famliar with. - Apr 25, 2013
None, but it's so appreciated. English is the official language. - Jul 9, 2010
None. - Mar 19, 2009
None. - Mar 7, 2009
None. - Oct 5, 2008
None, but people LOVE IT when you learn a little, - Aug 23, 2008
None. - May 18, 2008