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

None. English is widely spoken and the official language. - Feb 2018

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 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 2017

None, but it wouldn't hurt to learn the common greetings. - Jun 2016

None, but a couple of words in either Bemba or Nyanja will get you smiles. - May 2016

None. You will seldom come across a person who doesn't speak English and you never will in shops/business. - Mar 2015

None but people appreciate it when you can greet in local languages. English is the official language. - Aug 2014

None, most speak English. - Jan 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 2013

None, but it's so appreciated. English is the official language. - Jul 2010

None. - Mar 2009

None. - Mar 2009

None. - Oct 2008

None, but people LOVE IT when you learn a little, - Aug 2008

None. - May 2008

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