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

None. - Mar 2019


Very little, as English is an official language. However, any local language will substantially increase immersion, if that's what you are after. Also totally possible to live in a bubble if you so desire. - Feb 2019


None, as English is spoken widely. - Jan 2019


English is widely spoken. - Dec 2018


None. - Dec 2018


None at all, as most Ugandans speak English very well. - Oct 2018


None . - Sep 2018


None, everyone speaks English. - Sep 2018


Everyone speaks English, unless you travel deep into the most rural parts of Uganda, especially in the far North. - Aug 2018


English is generally fine in Kampala - upcountry local language is useful but there are so many different languages spoken that it's difficult to pick one, as every corner of the country has a different language. - Jun 2018


None. - Jun 2018


English is widely spoken. All children are educated in English. There are over 50 ethnic languages, Luganda being the most prominent in the central region, but it is not necessary to speak any of them. You will inevitably pick up a few words here and there. - Jun 2014


None. - Oct 2013


None. That being said, though, there is still a language barrier. Accents, slang, and other factors do impart a certain degree of communication difficulty. Locals are very quick to just nod and say "yes" even though they have no idea what you are talking about. Be sure to speak clearly, and maybe make your point a couple different ways before assuming they understand. - Mar 2013


None. English is the market language. We knew some Swahili but never used it, as it is the language of the military and sometimes has negative connotations. - Sep 2009


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