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Tips for Learning the Bulgarian language

Learning a new language is not always an easy thing to do however, when you relocate to a country that doesn't speak the same language as you, it is vital that you do your best to try to speak a few words at least.There are many ways to go about it, so here are 10 tips to making it all a bit easier!


1. Read Road Signs! To learn the Cyrillic alphabet, you must first study the letters and if you are already living in Bulgaria, you should practice reading road signs whilst out and about, this will help you remember and recognize the letters.

2. Remember! In Bulgarian conversation, you will hear a lot of unknown words to begin with. There will be words that you hear more than others and when you hear these words you must remember, check them, remember and use them. Remember the word, check their meaning and after using the word a few times, you will have learned a word.

3. Learn basic grammar to begin with. Many language teachers choose to plunge in to the grammar without even teaching you a single word. Many people will agree that it is best to learn just a few basic grammar rules such as the 'to be' rule and focus on learning words and phrases, the grammar will come later.

4. Learn words that resemble your own language. For example, there are some words in the Bulgarian language that are the similar to English, the same word with a different meaning or sound similar. Learning these words means that you will have learned many words easily and quickly without even trying.

5. Read subtitles! Some of the films shown on Bulgarian satellite are in the English language with Bulgarian subtitles. Reading the Bulgarian subtitles whilst relaxing watching an English programme will help familiarise you with the language, alternatively watch Bulgarian TV and listen to how words are pronounced.

6. Word of the day. Write on a piece of paper a new word for the day or week and stick it on a door/the refrigerator or any place where you will see it often. Every time you see it, read it and practice saying it, by the end of the day or week you will have learned a new word.

7. Listen to music. Bulgaria has its own type of music, which is very popular. Listening to Bulgarian music regularly will help you to become familiar with phrases, and words along with the cool rhythm.

8. Talk with the locals. Not only is this a great way to integrate with the local community, but practicing speaking is one of the most important parts in learning the lingo. Just passing the time of day with people you meet at the shops, in the street or on the bus, will help you learn pronunciation, word order, grammar, words and day to day life.

9. Learn the alphabet and listen to people speaking. This is very important to ensure that you will be understood when you talk to people. Although the alphabet is very phonetically, it is important to learn how to pronounce the letters in the alphabet and when you know this, you will have no trouble being understood or pronouncing words.

10. Last but not least, writing! Anybody that lives in a rural area will know that few people in villages and rural areas will speak English, so initially this can be difficult when you are doing the daily shopping. Practice the words of the items on your shopping list and also write your shopping list in Cyrillic. Keep referring to it, as it is using the language in every day life that helps you to learn and remember.

Okay so there are 10 tips on learning Bulgarian. Language lessons can also be found in many towns and cities or you can even ask a friend to teach you. Many foreigners learning a new language find that socialising and communicating is the easiest and most enjoyable way to learn the lingo, but try whatever works for you.