English is recognized as a co-official language even in Guatemala, where it is the first tongue of many inhabitants of Izabal Department. But a movement is afoot to make it the second tongue of all educated Guatemalans.
What percentage of Guatemala speaks English?
Language. More than four-in-ten Guatemalans (43%) speak English proficiently. Some 57% of Guatemalans ages 5 and older report speaking English less than very well, compared with 34% of all Hispanics.
Do people in Guatemala speak?
Spanish Guatemala/Official languages
Why is Spanish spoken in Guatemala?
Nearly 93% of the population of Guatemala speak Spanish. The language was introduced in the country by the Spanish colonists and was taught to the indigenous inhabitants of the country by missionaries and the earliest Guatemalan schools. Today, Spanish acts as the primary medium of instructions in schools nationwide.
What languages are spoken in Guatemala?
In Guatemala, Spanish is spoken by 93% of the population but there are also 22 Mayan languages and other languages - Garífuna and Xinca.
Is Guatemala safe to visit?
Despite having a reputation for crime, Guatemala is generally safe to visit right now. Travel warnings and stats dont always paint a true picture of what its like to actually BE in the country. For example, most violent crime is gang-related i.e. only affects locals living in certain areas.
Is it safe to walk around Guatemala City?
Guatemala is a mostly safe destination but crime can happen. The most frequently reported type of nasty incident involves robbery on walking trails. The days of robbers targeting tourist buses out on the open highway seem to be thankfully in the past, although some tourists in rental cars have been targeted.