Amsterdam - Post Report Question and Answers
How much of the local language do you need for daily living? Are local language classes/tutors available and affordable?
Almost everyone speaks English here except for the very young, and very old. Speaking Dutch is helpful, and will help with a first impression but is not necessary. The Dutch will seamlessly transition to English as soon as they realize you are not a native speaker. Most restaurants have multiple menus because of the volume of tourists here and virtually all retail workers and restaurant employees speak English. Most Dutch also speak another language besides English so you may find a common language outside of Dutch and English. - Oct 2014
None. Almost all Dutch speak perfect English. I was in the country for 3 months before I met someone who didn't speak English. - Jun 2014