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Carmen Sequeira of Avenicaraguita Spanish School – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba commenorative stamp, founding of Granada and Leon, Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingIn Granada, you can get by with just English, but we highly recommend that you to learn Spanish because that is the language that you will hear around town. Not only do we speak Spanish, but we only have our own colloquial language that you as an expat would need to learn, especially if you decide to live and stay here in Granada.
 
Learning Spanish makes a huge difference for an expat because you can learn a lot about the culture easily and you would be able to talk with your neighbors. It will make your time and stay here in Granada more enjoyable and satisfying.
 
Most of the staff in the restaurants here in Granada speak English, but if you want to pay your electric bill or if you go to the bank, only some of the cashiers do speak English. and some do not. There is only about a 60% chance that you will get somebody in a bank who speaks English.
 
(A commemorative stamp of Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba, who founded Granada and Leon, Nicaragua.)
Carlos Roman Gutierrez Solis of Casa Granada Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

Nowadays, and unlike in the past, you can easily find an English speaker in Granada. There is always going to be somebody who will try to help you out if they see that you do not speak Spanish and maybe they know some English. They will try to teach and practice speaking some Spanish words with you.

People in Granada are usually kind and are always willing to give you a hand. You will not have any problem. Even though we are not as fluent English speakers like Costa Ricans and all those other English speaking countries, we try to help expats and tourist. However, you also have to be cautious when you meet somebody who is very nice, kind, and charming and is readily there to give you a hand. Do not be fooled. If somebody gives you a hand, just be nice but do not be too open and give things right away.

Janice Gallagher of Granada Property Services – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Spanish is the language spoken in all of Nicaragua and Granada is no different. However, since Granada is becoming a destination for tourists, more and more locals are learning to speak English.  I would advise anyone living in a foreign country to learn the language as it will open up a lot of doors and friendships that you may otherwise not have. 
 
Of course you can get by not speaking Spanish as the Nicaraguan people are very friendly and helpful. Most businesses do have employees that speak a little English so they, too, will help. And the ever growing number of ex-pats living in Granada will also be happy to give you a hand at whatever you need. 
 
When I first moved to Central America more than 15 years ago, I knew how to ask for a beer and a bathroom in Spanish. Of course, I could not understand the directions to the bathroom nor the price of a beer but I am still here and still learning. The scientific community says that learning a new language is a good defense against Alzheimer's and I believe it!

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