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

Minimal Arabic required. Helpful if you need to take a taxi but Uber is very reliable and no Arabic needed. - Sep 2020


There were classes at the embassy. We managed without knowing much of any Arabic, but there were definitely times it would have been helpful. - Sep 2018


Most everyone speaks a decent level of English. That being said, it's always nice to know some Arabic. There are (free to us) local language classes offered through the embassy, and tutors are available and affordable. - Sep 2018


Arabic classes are widely available but, to be honest, I have never met anyone who achieved anything close to working proficiency through such classes. Arabic is not something you dabble in, either do some sort of immersion or just content yourself with simple phrasebook level.

The truth is, you can get by quite well with English. - Mar 2017


In Abdoun, where the embassy is, not much. Once you leave the neighborhood you will need some. - Mar 2016


A bit--while western Amman is very western-leaning (and most people speak English), knowing the basics has helped a lot. - Mar 2016


It isn't necessary to learn Arabic. I do pointing and right/left hand gestures when taking a taxi. - Nov 2015


Jordanians speak surprisingly good English. You can get by with a few Arab pleasantries. But knowing Arabic will help when you leave Amman. - May 2015


A lot of people speak at least some English but having Arabic is helpful for taxis, ordering food, and communicating with building caretakers. - Mar 2015


In Abdoun and the tourist spots, very little. In the rest of Jordan, you need to know some Arabic. MSA is different than the local dialect, so be aware that even if you think you're speaking Arabic, locals may not understand. - Jul 2014


Not much, Jordanians love to speak English though it comes in handy with cab drivers, working people, and outside of Amman. - Mar 2014


English is common in the area where we live, but knowing some Arabic helps a lot. - Dec 2013


None, you can get by with English. But knowing some Arabic will go a long way in opening doors. - Aug 2013


None in western Amman, but like most places you can have a better adventure if you learn the language. - Jul 2013


It helps to know some of the local dialect, but you don't need to know a lot to get by. - May 2013


None - Mar 2013


Almost none. Pretty much everyone speaks English. It is such a blessing as Arabic is a difficult language. - Apr 2012


Around the diplomatic areas, no arabic is necessary. Even out and about in the rest of town, it's not difficult to get around. Many many people speak English here. - Mar 2012


In West Amman, everyone speaks English. In East Amman you may need Arabic, but at all the major tourist spots people will speak English. - Mar 2012


It helps to have it but it's not that necessary as most Jordanians speak really good English. In the posher parts of town like Abdoun, you may try to speak Arabic with folks but they'll respond to you in perfect English. - Aug 2011


Very little. MANY people speak English. I really only used local greetings and otherwise could always find someone that spoke English. And they like to use their English. They are very proud of themselves when they do! - Aug 2011


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