Ashgabat - 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?

Very few people speak English. Turkmen is becoming more and more necessary, but Russian is still prevelant too. - Dec 2020

Tutors are available. A little is nice to have if you go to the green markets, but can get along without. - Mar 2019

You should be able to get around comfortably if you are able to use polite greetings/phrases, shop, take a taxi, and order food. There are several language schools and costs are very inexpensive for classes. - Jun 2018

You must speak Russian or Turkmen for all activities of daily living. There are very few people here who speak English (or are willing to admit they speak English). - Feb 2016

Almost no one speaks English in Turkmenistan. Though interactions with locals wasn't common, many found their happiness at post tied to their ability to speak and/or at least read a menu in Russian. Those who couldn't too often self-isolated themselves at home and soured quickly on the experience. - Jul 2014

If you dont speak Russian or Turkmen, forget about it. - Oct 2012

Working knowledge of Russian is best, but most folks get around just fine with English. - Mar 2012

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