The smartphone has become the all-purpose tool of the 21st century. It wakes, entertains, improves productivity, navigates and finally sings you to sleep. It can also greatly simplify your life in Moscow. Hereâs how:
Getting Around Moscow
By Car or Walking â The Yandex Navigator App is also a must install. Its maps are detailed; and its search function will find that nearest ATM, bar, restaurant or even banya. My only complaint is its assumption that I will be driving to the next destination, so its use as a navigator is limited. Googleâs Maps App is useful for comparison purposes, so I have both though mainly use Yandex.
Yandex Navigator App – And, IOS, E, R, @
Google Maps – And, IOS, E, R, @
By Metro â The Yandex Metro App is a life saver. It contains a detailed layout of the Moscow Metro, search by station, and estimates your journey and arrival time. It automatically updates as new stations are completed.
Yandex Metro – IOS, And, R, E
By Autobus, Minibus ( ÐÐ°ÑÑÑÑÑÐ½ÑÐµ ÑÐ°ÐºÑÐ¸) â The Yandex Transport App covers trams, buses and private minivans. These transportation alternates complement and provide a nice change to the metro and driving. Yandex is working on an enhancement which should provide real time updates on that late tram, though that feature wasnât working when this article was written.
Yandex Transport App – And, IOS, R, @
By Taxi â Like many places in the world, Moscow is undergoing a âtaxi revolutionâ, where a number of companies and their apps are engaged in hand to hand combat for your business. A continual debate among expats is whether to use Uber, Yandex taxi, or another service. Unfortunately, most of these services are only available in Moscow or St. Petersburg. Iâm an âUber Manâ at this moment, but that could change tomorrow.
Uber App – And, IOS, @, R, E
Yandex Taxi App – And, IOS, @, R, E
Coping with the Local Lingo
My Russian language skills seem to vary from day to day, so I always need a backup. On the translation side, I rely on Googleâs Translate App and Slovedâs Deluxe English to Russian talking dictionary. Googleâs app allows for the copying and pasting of any text or typing of word or phrase. The Google Translate Appâs drawback is that it requires Internet connectivity, which is where Slovedâs dictionary shines. It has a huge dictionary which is available offline. It also has the capability to tag words for later review. Both Apps provide spoken translation to assist in those difficult Russian pronunciations.
English – Russian Slovoed Deluxe talking dictionary – IOS, And, R, E, $
Google translate App – IOS, And, R, E, @
Learning the Local Lingo
The various app stores are filled with apps for Russian language instruction, and everyone has their own favourites and learning methods. I have the found the following Russian language teaching Apps to be helpful. Everyone hates conjugating verbs, but it is a necessity, and LearnBots is a simple and straightforward method for learning them. Russian grammar requires lots of work, and the simple Russia Test App has three levels of grammar tests. In addition it has its own flashcards and a number of vocabulary lists complied by other users. It also nags when you havenât taken a test in a few days. Lastly, I enjoy Pivot: Quotes of the Greatest, which is a quirky app for Russian speakers learning English. It features famous English language quotes with an appropriate Russian translation. My Russian friends love to quote Russian proverbs to me, and I like to surprise them by quoting a famous English proverb back to them in Russian. The next time a Russian friend says, âÐÐ¾Ð²ÐµÑÑÐ¹, Ð½Ð¾ Ð¿ÑÐ¾Ð²ÐµÑÑÐ¹.â You can answer, âÐÐ°, ÐÑÑÐ°Ðº Ð»ÐµÐ³ÐºÐ¾ ÑÐ°ÑÑÑÐ°ÐµÑÑÑ Ñ Ð´ÐµÐ½ÑÐ³Ð°Ð¼Ð¸.â
LearnBots App- IOS, And, R, E, $
Russia Test App – IOS, And, R, E
Pivot: Quotes of the Greatest â IOS
Out and About in Moscow
Everyone has their personal favourite apps to assist them in various aspects of Moscow social life and I am no different. My oldest son loves going to the movies, and I have a hard time escaping from watching the latest kidâs movies; especially when their ads are everywhere. Therefore, Yandexâs ÐÐ¸Ð½Ð¾ÑÐ¸ÑÐ° movie finder is a lifesaver. I have had so many bad restaurant experiences in Moscow that I use Tripadvisorsâ Offline City Guides for Moscow whenever I am in an unknown part of town. Sure it is mostly for tourists, but western tourists are generally accurate when it comes to service and food. Lastly, as a runner I have become more conscious about Moscowâs air quality and always review the Moscowâs air pollution rating before a run on AICNâs Asia Air Quality App.
Yandexâs ÐÐ¸Ð½Ð¾ÑÐ¸ÑÐ° – And, R, @
Tripadvisors Offline City Guides
for Moscow – And, IOS, E
AICNâs Asia Air Quality App – And, E, @