Im planning to travel to Russia by the end of this year. I don't speak a work of Russian. Do the most of the people in Russia speak good English like they do in China or India? Everyone in China speaks very good English so I had no difficulty traveling around and buying food.
no, I dont think so. Most people in Russian dont speak English at all or know it on the elementary level. You will not have difficulties travelling around and buying food just because there will be lots of people around willing to help you, Russian people are very friendly...but only some of them sknow English. So dont expect the sellers int he shops or strangers in the streets speak this language.
I think its enough, I know people who camr to Russia without knowing a single words in Russian, and everything was ok. Moreover, I dont think that you will be all by yourself all day long, so anyway you will have somebody to help you in possible difficulties. But if you are able to ask route or ask for buying-thats really great, it means that you will not be lost in unknown city ;-)And be sure, Russian people will be always ready to help you.
Hello all! This June I'm going to Saint Petersburg to visit a woman I met on fiance.com.
Tomorrow I'm going to the Russian consulate to pick up my visa. I hope getting it goes smoothly.
Now I'm trying to book a hotel. This is turning out to be an adventure in itself!
My dilemma: The hotel that sent me an invitation and will be named on my visa doesn't have a room for me! Does anyone know if I'll have a problem getting my visa stamped by a different hotel? I include this question in e-mails to hotels, but I haven't received replys yet.
Hi...I replied to your other post, but let me say that I stayed in a few different hotels while on my trips, and they just routinely take your passport and stamp it, and do not care about any invitation. The only thing the invitation is good for is getting your visa, and you will need it if you decide to register at the OVIR. Other than that don't worry about it. Everything will be fine.
If you are staying in hotels, just let them take care of it...and they will. Unless you have a contact at OVIR...and we did...you may waste a whole day registering. God help you if you go and do not speak Russian or have your girl with you to interpret.
If you intend to stay in a hotel then you dont need to even think about this issue as when you sign in they will ask you for your passport, dont worry, they wont steal it :o) They wil give it back to you next day stamped . If you dont intend to stay in a hotel (for the full duration of your stay I mean, then you need to to go OVIR and sort the registration yourself.
I dunno what OVIR`s you have been in Nisse !! Ive never spent over 15 minutes in one yet !! But then again, I know enough Russian to get that sorted out, and sometimes there will be a girl there who speaks a little English, so between us we manage to get everything in order.
Word of caution:
If you Dont stay in a hotel, then you are breaking the law if you dont register at the Ovir within 3 days of your arrival, if you dont get your passport stamped you could get held up, fined and at worst arrested at the airport in Moscow when you leave !!
Not to mention that should you have any run ins with the police, they wont take to kindly to the fact you havnt registered despite having been there a week !!!
Dont risk it guys, its not expensive to do it and saves a real load of hassle, just get in there and get it done, then you know you no need to worry about it and can enjoy your holiday and your girls company without looking over your shoulder the whole time :o)
28, if you go to a shop, look for young fermale workers, it is not 100% but your best bet as to someone who will speak English. Lots of younger woman spoke Engish when I visited. As well as helping, if they do speak english they will love to help you so they can practice, would you like to practice after work my dear?
Under the CCCP al children were taught ro read English, so that they could fully understand US propaganda. But few ever spoke it, so many Russians can read and understand English but have had little or no practice at speaking it.