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

Basic French or Arabic are almost mandatory. Educated contacts in the business world and some Algerian students may speak English, but don't count on being able to get far with English here. - Sep 2019


Having French or Arabic is very helpful - Mar 2019


You need French or Arabic, but French will get you farther. INTuition, Berlitz and other language schools have good employees if you work with them to meet your interests. - Sep 2016


Very little English language. Algerian Arabic is so mixed with French that Arabic speakers will really struggle. It's like trying to speak Spanish to someone who only knows Portuguese. French is the language of the elite but few people in Algiers speak it well. High school French would be very helpful in getting by but you can survive without it. - Jun 2016


You can't get by here without French. Even native Arabic speakers say they have problems understanding Algerian Arabic. - Mar 2014


You need French. - Oct 2013


Those who speak only English and no French will struggle to get by, and almost certainly will not have a good time. - Dec 2011


You really do either need French or Arabic or a translator! We had a terrible job as we only speak English, Dutch and German! Most people speak French but Arabic is becoming the main language with the younger generation. - Sep 2008


French is fundamental. - May 2008


French is good to know. The algerian arabic is only spoken here and it's hard to understand. - Mar 2008


I get away with little because my housekeeper speaks English and can help out with daily interactions, but speaking French even a little will greatly improve your life here. - Mar 2008


A lot. Most Algerians speak French or Algerian Arabic (derdja) and very few know any English alhough kids are always anxious to practice with you. - Feb 2008


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