Learn to read the Cyrillic alphabet
When you come to Russia for the first time and do not speak the language, it can be very hard to understand Russian speech and grasp a firm understanding of the Cyrillic alphabet. сHere the letter ‘Р’ is not ‘P’ and the letter ‘H’ is in no way comparable to the ‘H’ sound, only in form. The same can be said for the letter 'С’and to really leave the western psyche in a tailspin, how do you feel about an inverted ‘N’ and ‘R’? As for the rest?
Alas! Let the Russian in you awake! Make the most of your stay in St. Petersburg and learn how to read the Cyrillic script. In just two hours, walk through the city center with a guide and you’ll get to know the basics of the Russian language whilst also having a chance to explore the most important sights of the city such as Nevsky Prospect, House of Books (Singer House), Kazan Cathedral, Elisseeff Emporium, the trade rows of the Gostiny Dvor and the famous Passage.