Gaborone - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Although English is an official language, it helps to know pleasantries in Setswana. People appreciate the effort. - Dec 2023


Everyone speaks English. - Jul 2019


In Gaborone, and other urban areas of the country English is spoken by everyone. - Apr 2017


Very little. Very few expatriates speak Setswana. - Jul 2016


None. - Mar 2015


English is spoken here as well as Setswana. You don't need to learn Setswana.. too difficult. - Oct 2014


99% of the people in Gaborone will speak English. Setswana is mostly used when you are talking to older people and when you are outside of the city. - Nov 2013


None. English is used everywhere, however, many people from the villages (employed in Gaborone as domestic workers; waiters; cashiers) do not understand or speak it well. Setswana is the local language. - Jul 2013


None, really, but it is always good to have a few phrases. - Apr 2013


English is the official language, but everyone prefers to speak Setswana. Some knowledge of Setswana (greetings, polite phrases) will make you popular with your local friends/contacts, but is not required. - Jun 2010


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