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English spoken in Saint Petersburg?

by EmeraldCity

Hi I read your note about many people speaking Engish in Saint Petersburg. I'm visiting this city and know just a little Russian. Any suggestions or info you can give me would be appreciated. thank you

RE: English spoken in Saint Petersburg?

by rusduck

Don't expect all Russains to speak English.. - 80% studied English in school, but it means that they know just some phrases like:
"Do you speak English?"
"Good morning"
"Thank you"
"Respect"
"Money"
of course, you can meet someone who speaks very good English, but it's an exception.

RE: English spoken in Saint Petersburg?

by littlelawyer

Hi Emeraldcity,

St Petersburg is quite touristy so not bad. But knowing the alphabet will get you a long way - you can read place names etc. Plus, I was surprised how much the notoriously unfriendly Russians seemed to appreciate my attempts to stammer out requests for directions in their language. Making an effort can help! Good luck and enjoy.

RE: English spoken in Saint Petersburg?

by magedrussia

hello emerald

as you're discussing the same problem that i faced here in my first days when i came from one year, i can try to help you with informing you that it's so difficult here to find english speakers, it was a hard time for me when i revealled that as a fact that i have to accept

but as i didn't find english-spoken friends here but from VT forum, i would be glad if we'd contact when you'll arrive, so that i'll help you with my one year experience of staying here with the english language, as well as to diverse a new overseas friendship

with respect

RE: English spoken in Saint Petersburg?

by sennaya

Hi EmeraldCity !
It is very possible you can find people which can understand english. Maybe thay don't speak as well but they will be happy to help you to find out about anything.Even people from soviet time in St.Petersburg r willing to help to foreigners with smtm more then to russin people.
Have a good time!

Travel Tips for Saint Petersburg

White Nights

by bakunin

Saint Petersburg is one of the most fascinating towns I ever visited. I have been there several times. Beside the very famous white nights, when people seems to stay up all night, the winter season is also worth a visit. There are much less tourist as in the summer season. But of course the days are quite short. Just as the nights are very short in the summer.

Visit the Savior on the blood...

by pacus3rd

Visit the Savior on the blood church.......
Nicknamed the Mosaic Church for its distintive multi-colored cupulas.
The Church of the sauvior on the blood was built on the exact spot where Tsar Alexander was assassinated on March 1,1881.

300th Anniversary Celebrations (Part II)

by Canadienne

We weren't able to figure out who the invitees for this event were ~ they had nametags, but we weren't close enough to read them.

Throughout the city, there were finishing touches being put on everything (renovations, paint jobs, etc.). Excitement and anticipation were palpable. . .as was a sense of panic to make sure everything was finished in time. ;-)

The whole week was to be filled with parades, perfomances, special exhibits and festivals ~ we were pleased to be leaving before the city filled up with people though.

Mosque

by brazwhazz

The only mosque in Saint-Petersburg is not a tourist attraction per se, but anyone who visits the Peter and Paul Fortress should take the time to check it out, seeing as it is so near. Modelled on Samarkand's Gur Emir Mausoleum, it was built from 1910 to 1921 and remains one of the largest mosques in Europe. The minarets are 48 metres high and the blue dome, 39 metres high.

The building is in excellent condition, having undergone extensive renovation works since 1980.

The mosque is located at Kronversky Prospekt 7, a few minutes on foot from the Gorkovskaya metro station. Kronversky Prospekt is the semi-circular street that goes around Alexandrovsky Park.

Kamennoostrovskiy Prospekt (Part II)

by Canadienne

The street has a number of examples of Style-Moderne architecture ~ the intersection of Kamennoostrovskiy and Ulitsa Mira is particularly pretty, with four unique buildings around a circular space.

Most of the buildings are from the late 19th and early 20th century ~ the period in which Art Nouveau (or Style Moderne as it came to be known in Russia) first became popular.

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