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Dharamshala Volunteer FAQ > General Questions about Dharamshala > What languages are spoken in the Dharamshala area? Can I get by with English? What if I don't speak English very well?

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The most common languages in the area are Hindi, Tibetan, English, and Kangri/Pahari (local indigenous dialects). Almost everyone you’re likely to meet here speaks at least a little English. For a deeper cultural experience, though, it’s worth considering studying at least the basics of Hindi and/or Tibetan. There are good books and resources available online, and DEVI can help you organize classes when you arrive. People who don’t speak any of these languages well can still get along in Dharamshala, since the people here are used to language diversity and they are usually patient and understanding (and good with hand gestures and other body language, which is fun).