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

None. Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America. The local accent can be difficult to understand at first, but you’ll figure it out eventually. - Aug 2019


It can be odd to go to the market and not understand what people are saying, but for the most part you don't need to learn much of the local creole. - Sep 2016


English is the main language here- you will pick up the local dialect and wait for "just now" to actually happen. If Guyanese go into creole dialect, you will struggle to understand and in some of the more rural regions, you will wonder if it is a separate language. - Apr 2014


English is the official language; although, it can be mixed with Creole. - Nov 2013


Everyone speaks English, but with different accents. - May 2012


Although this is billed as an English-speaking Post, give yourself time to adjust to the Creole! After a couple of weeks everything becomes much clearer, although there are still people I don't understand (mostly from small villages). - Mar 2012


English is the official language. Guyanese Creole takes some time to get used to, but it's fun once you can understand it. Some news articles are written in Guyanese creole, look it up and have a laugh. - Feb 2012


English is the official language. Guyanese speak creole with each other, but everyone you would deal with knows English. - Feb 2010


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