Spanish is the official language in the country and is spoken by almost the entire population. Chilean people have a special accent and use a variety of words and expressions, usually in informal situations but even in more formal ones. Spanish-speaking foreigners won’t have problems understanding it and will only think it’s a funny variant, but people who have studied abroad may struggle to understand it, even with years of practice.

English is widely understood in large cities, especially in more touristic attractions like San Pedro de Atacama, Santiago, Valparaiso and Patagonia. Younger people usually are more skilled than older ones, especially because of the influence of American media and music and the introduction of mandatory English in schools in the past years.

(source: Wikitravel)

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