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

Every professional I have met speaks English including the kids' music teachers and tennis instructors. Most of the domestic staff pool and market vendors speak very little English. Taxi drivers are hit or miss. There are local language classes available. - Feb 2019


You need Spanish. You could get around without, but your experience would be limited. There are many options for tutors. I can't speak for price, but I cannot imagine it is expensive. - Sep 2016


If you don't speak the language, get a tablet and use Google Translate. English is more common here than what I was expecting but I still need electronic hep to express more intricate instructions or inquiries. - Jun 2015


You need Spanish for day-to-day communication as locals speak Spanish and Aymara (indigenous language). - Apr 2015


Spanish is essential here. Few Bolivians speak any English. You can get by with survival Spanish or take classes though the Embassy but you need some in order to meet people and enjoy your time. - Nov 2014


Your life will be much more enjoyable here if you speak Spanish. English is not widely spoken. There are a lot of Spanish language schools in Bolivia and private tutors are inexpensive. - Jan 2014


I picked up a lot over the 2 years -- very little English is spoken. - Jul 2013


You must know it to some extent. Very few people speak english here. - Jun 2013


You should have some Spanish. Especially if you leave the main part of La Paz. - Jul 2012


Some will help. - Feb 2012


You must speak Spanish. - Aug 2011


You need to be good in Spanish. It will not be an enjoyable tour without it. - May 2011


Basic Spanish but if you want to have bolivian friends you need to speak the language. - May 2011


Language is very important here. You can get by with the basics, but I feel that to really be able to get around in a taxi, go shopping etc. you should have a good understanding of the language. - Mar 2011


Lots. - Aug 2010


You need to speak some Spanish. - Jan 2010


Spanish is quite useful as most folks don't use or speak english. - Aug 2009


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