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

English is usually sufficient. A little Telugu or Urdu will make you a friend with a taxi driver, but everyone has some level of understanding of English, while many people are fluent. The consulate offers periodic classes in Telugu, Urdu, and/or Hindi. - Jul 2019

English is fine. - Jan 2019

Technically none, but I find it difficult and frustrating to communicate. Talking about being lost in translation! Far too often we can't communicate with locals or we mis-communicate. Telugu or Hindi are not easy to pick up. - Sep 2016

Not really much of any - especially if your driver speaks English. Most things are in English and most places have English menus/speak English. - Mar 2015

I don't speak the local languages, Telugu or Hindi. I get along fine in English. - Jan 2015

None. Some Hindi and/or Telugu to be polite and amaze your audience but not necessary. - Nov 2014

None. Some telugu might help, but most people speak some level of English. - Jul 2014

None. Many expats get around fine with English. The only officers who speak local language were trained for their jobs. - Mar 2012

None. Many people speak English here and if they don't you can get buy with hand gestures. - Feb 2012

Little to none. Don't learn Hindi. They only speak Telugu in Hyderabad. - Jan 2011

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