Can the Tibetans Speak English?
When we travel to some places, communication with the locals is important and sometimes, necessary. However, language is always an obstacle, because different regions have different languages, especially when we travel abroad. Thanks to the popularization of English, now, English is an international language and many people know it. Then, can the Tibetans speak English, too?
During your Tibet tours, you may want very much to talk with the local Tibetans. However, generally speaking, most Tibetans can not speak English. English is only spoken at foreigner's hotels or some star hotels in the big cities like Lhasa and Shigatse. Some waiters and waitresses in restaurants popular with foreign tourists in Lhasa are also able to speak simple English, while the common Tibetans may fail to understand English. Sometimes, in some remote areas you may meet Tibetans who can speak English and they have possibly learned it in India. However, you don’t need to worry about language too much, anyway, foreign travelers have to travel in Tibet being accompanied by tour guides and arranged by qualified travel agencies and most Tibetan tour guides can speak good English and they will help you if you have any problems in communicating with the locals.
Don’t worry about language and experience Tibet by yourself. Sometimes, the clear eyes and friendly smiles on the faces of the Tibetans show every thing. You may be interested in the following hot Tibet tours: