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Unification Day: Bulgarian Traditions and Celebrations

Unification Day marks the date that Bulgaria, after a time of separation under the Treaty of Berlin, experienced unification in 1885.

So when did Bulgaria gain independence? The country had gained independence from the Ottoman Empire just a few years earlier in 1878. Essentially, the Unification of Bulgaria furthered Bulgaria independence, and created a more stable, strengthened nation.

In this article, you’ll learn the history and events surrounding Unification Day, and delve into Bulgarian celebrations of this holiday.

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1. What is Bulgarian Unification Day?

This day commemorates the unification of Southern Bulgaria, then known as Eastern Rumelia and under Ottoman control, with the independent Principality of Bulgaria in 1885.

The Unification of Bulgaria was an act necessary for the integrity of the Bulgarian state. The 1878 Treaty of Berlin enacted the separation of Bulgaria and the Principality of Bulgaria and Eastern Rumelia. In doing this, the treaty actually tore the national integrity of the Bulgarian people.

The Bulgarians, however, did not accept this separation. They started acting to annex Eastern Rumelia, which, in accordance with the treaty, was an autonomous province under the authority of the Ottoman Empire, to the Principality of Bulgaria.

The Unification of Bulgaria was conducted by the so-called Bulgarian Secret Central Revolutionary Committee (BSCRC). Certain cities in Eastern Rumelia rose in revolt and this led to a military coup d’état on September 6, 1885.

This coup received support from Prince Alexander I—the first Bulgarian prince after the Liberation of Bulgaria. So the Unification was realized on this date, but received international recognition months later.

2. When is Bulgarian Unification Day?

Bulgarian Flag

Each year on 6 September, Bulgarians celebrate Unification Day.

3. Bulgarian Celebrations for Unification Day

People Celebrating

Today, on Unification Day, Bulgarians celebrate with various events in the capital and in Plovdiv—a chief city in the historic events around the Unification—as well as in other cities such as Varna, Burgas, Veliko Tarnovo, Kyustendil, Sliven, and Vidin.

In Sofia, in front of the ossuary mausoleum of Prince Alexander I Battenberg, on Vasil Levski Boulevard, people deliver speeches for the occasion. As with the celebration of the Liberation, on this day too, a solemn changing of the sentry of honor in front of the Presidency takes place.

4. Modern-Day Bulgaria

Which parts of modern-day Bulgaria made up the Principality of Bulgaria and Eastern Rumelia?

Although the name Eastern Rumelia creates the impression that this is the eastern part of Bulgaria, Eastern Rumelia is actually part of modern-day South Bulgaria, stretching between the Balkan Mountains and the Rhodope Mountains.

5. Useful Vocabulary for Unification Day in Bulgaria

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Here’s some vocabulary you need to know for Unification Day in Bulgaria!

Bulgarian Romanization English
Ден на Съединението на България Den na Syedinenieto na Bylgariya Unification Day
независимост nezavisimost independence
празнуване praznuvane celebration
Източна Румелия Iztochna Rumeliya Eastern Rumelia
Княжество България Knyazhestvo Balgariya Principality of Bulgaria
Обединена България Obedinena Balgariya Unified Bulgaria
обединение obedinenie unification
военен преврат voenen prevrat military coup
сливане slivane merger
международно признание mezhdunarodno priznanie international recognition

To hear each of these vocabulary words pronounced, check out our Bulgarian Unification Day vocabulary list!

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How to Celebrate the Feast Day of Prophet Elijah in Bulgaria

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The Saint Elijah Feast Day in Bulgaria is a huge event, rooted in both history and folklore. In this article, we’ll answer the question “Who is Prophet Elijah?” and provide you with interesting information on this Bulgarian holiday, and the traditions associated with it.

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1. What is St. Elijah’s Day in Bulgaria?

The Saint Elijah Feast Day is when Bulgarians commemorate and celebrate the Prophet Elijah (also known as St. Elijah). This is also a name day for those with names similar to Ilenden, which is yet another name for this holiday.

Who is Elijah the Prophet?

Saint Elijah—patron saint of tailors, and master of the elements of rain, thunder, and lightning—is considered a great of the Old Testament and is also a prominent figure in Bulgarian folklore. In the Bible, Elijah the prophet of God performed many miracles, combatted paganism, and is perhaps most well-known for never actually dying, but rather being taken up to God in a chariot of fire.

Prophet Elijah miracles include raising people from the dead and causing fire to fall from the sky.

In terms of folklore, Prophet Elijah is thought to control the elements involved in thunderstorms and similar natural occurrences.

2. When is St. Elijah Day?

Prophet Elijah in Stained Glass

Each year, St. Elijah’s Day takes place on July 20 (though there is another similar celebration on August 2).

3. How do Bulgarians Celebrate the Saint Elijah Feast Day?

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There’s a variety of traditions and celebrations for the St. Elijah Feast Day, many rooted in folklore.

The most common St. Elijah Day tradition is that of offering a sacrifice. Bulgarian towns will sacrifice a bull or a calf, in hopes that the sacrifice will satisfy St. Elijah and thus protect the town from bad storms. In the same vein, farmers pray to St. Elijah for rain in order to maintain healthy crops; Bulgarians also pray to Elijah for health and fertility.

Further, women bake bread for St. Elijah, namely bogovitsa and kolach, and Bulgarians enjoy sharing stories about the saint. Another fun tradition is that of fire dancing. During this fire dancing ceremony, some people walk on the fire barefooted!

Many Bulgarians believe that it’s bad luck to go swimming on St. Elijah Feast Day, especially in the Black Sea. According to superstition, St. Elijah will take those who go swimming as a sacrifice!

4. Uprising Remembrance

July 20 also marks the anniversary of the Ilinden-Preobrazhenie Uprising. During this uprising, Bulgaria set out against the Ottoman Empire to unify Bulgarian-populated territories. This event lasted approximately eleven days and was only partially successful.

The official remembrance day for the Ilinden-Preobrazhenie Uprising is August 2.

5. Vocabulary You Should Know for St. Elijah’s Day

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Here’s some vocabulary you should know for St. Elijah’s Day in Bulgaria!

  • Гръмотевица (gramotevitsa) — thunder
  • Жертва (zhertva) — sacrifice
  • Свети пророк Илия (Sveti prorok Iliya) — Prophet Elijah
  • Илинденско-Преображенско въстание (Ilindensko-Preobrazhensko vastanie) — Ilinden–Preobrazhenie Uprising
  • Събор (sabor) — congregation
  • Градушка (gradushka) — hail
  • Бунт (bunt) — revolt
  • Стар Завет (Star Zavet) — Old Testament
  • Чудотворец (chudotvorets) — wonderworker
  • Крепост (krepost) — fortress
  • езическо божество (ezichesko bozhestvo) — pagan deity
  • моля се (molya se) — pray
  • Удрям (udryam) — strike
  • Завалявам (zavalyavam) — start to rain

To hear each vocabulary word pronounced, check out our Bulgarian St. Elijah’s Day vocabulary list!

Conclusion

What do you think of St. Elijah Feast Day, and the Bulgarian folklore surrounding it? Did you learn anything new today? Let us know in the comments; we always look forward to hearing from you!

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Learn How to Confidently Introduce Yourself In Bulgarian

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Start off the year by learning how to introduce yourself properly in Bulgarian! Learn easily with BulgarianPod101 in this four-minute video!

Table of Contents

  1. 10 Lines You Need for Introducing Yourself in Bulgarian
  2. Important Tips for Introducing Yourself
  3. Video - How to Introduce Yourself in Bulgarian
  4. Why BulgarianPod101 is Perfect for Learning all about Bulgarian Introductions

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1. 10 Lines You Need for Introducing Yourself in Bulgarian

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First impressions are absolutely everything! Right? No, wrong - who you are every day is much more important. But first impressions are definitely not unimportant either. Make sure to introduce yourself correctly, as it could mean the difference between getting a job offer or a polite refusal from an employer. BulgarianPod101 shows you how to read, write and pronounce these self-introductions and conversation-starters like a native speaker!

But first, a tip - wait to be asked before offering personal details such as your age. Good conversation is about unspoken reciprocity, and giving too many personal details too soon can be embarrassing for your Bulgarian friend. Rather use phrases that encourage your friend to talk about him or herself - most people like doing that! Also, it shows you take real interest in other people.

1- Hello, it’s nice to meet you.

Здравейте, приятно ми е да се запознаем.
Zdraveyte, priyatno mi e da se zapoznaem.

This phrase is an excellent way to start an introduction. It is a greeting that immediately expresses interest in the other person.

2- My name is Mira.

Казвам се Мира.
Kazvam se Mira.

Self-explanatory - just replace ‘Mira’ with your own name! Also, pay close attention to what your new Bulgarian acquaintance’s name is. Remembering it will make them feel that you are really interested in him/her as a person!

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3- I’m from Bulgaria.

Аз съм от България.
Az sam ot Balgariya.

Sharing something about yourself is a nice conversation starter. It shows that you’re willing to engage meaningfully with the other person. In an informal setting, you can expect the other person to respond in kind. At work, this is probably information you need to volunteer only if asked. Again, remember to replace ‘Bulgaria’ with your own country of birth!

4- I live in Sofia.

Аз живея в София.
Az zhiveya v Sofiya.

Same as above - replace ‘Sofia’ with your town or city of abode!

5- I’ve been learning Bulgarian for a year.

Аз изучавах български език в продължение на една година.
Az izuchavah balgarski ezik v prodalzhenie na edna godina.

Say this only if it’s true, obviously. And prepare to dazzle your audience! If you have indeed worked faithfully at your Bulgarian for a year, you should be pretty good at it! Use this phrase after your introduction - it is likely to indicate that you wish to engage in Bulgarian conversation.

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6- I’m learning Bulgarian at BulgarianPod101.com.

Аз уча български език с BulgarianPod.101.com.
Az ucha balgarski ezik s BulgarianPod.101.com.

This will be the best reply if anyone asks (Very impressed, of course!) where you study Bulgarian! Simply volunteering this information, especially in a casual conversation, could make you sound like a salesperson, and you want to avoid that. Often, an employer will want this information though, so best to memorize and have this phrase handy!

7- I’m 27 years old.

Аз съм на 27 години.
Az sam na 27 godini.

This is a line that may just get you a ‘TMI!’ look from a stranger if you volunteer it without being asked. He/she may not be willing to divulge such an intimate detail about him/herself right at the start of your acquaintance, so don’t force reciprocity. However, it’s a good phrase to know in a job interview; again, probably best only if your prospective Bulgarian employer asks. Also, remember to give your true age!

First encounter

8- I’m a teacher.

Аз съм учител.
Az sam uchitel.

You’re still offering information about yourself, which lends good momentum to keep the conversation going! Replace ‘teacher’ with your own occupation - and learn the related vocabulary with BulgarianPod101!

People with different jobs

9- One of my hobbies is reading.

Едно от моите любими занимания е четенето. Едно от моите любими занимания е четенето.
Edno ot moite lyubimi zanimaniya e cheteneto.

Your hobby is another topic with lots of potential for starting a good conversation! People are often eager to talk about their hobbies, and why they like them!

10- I enjoy listening to music.

Обичам да слушам музика.
Obicham da slusham muzika.

If you’re still talking about your hobbies, this would be a good line to go with the previous one. Otherwise, wait for your conversation partner to start talking about what they enjoy doing!

2. Important Tips for Introducing Yourself

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A correct Bulgarian introduction will make a good impression upon meeting a person for the first time. Why is this first impression important? Simple - it gives an indication of who you are as a person. So, while you want to be truthful when representing yourself, you also need to be prepared to put your best foot forward!

First impressions are often lingering and difficult to change. In addition, it’s easier to make a negative impression than a good one, often without intending to. So, how can you make sure that your self-introduction will impress Bulgarian natives?

1- Research: First, research the culture! Different cultures have different social rules, and you will be halfway towards making a great first impression if you know the proper Bulgarian customs for self-introductions. It will also help you avoid social mistakes - sometimes, what is acceptable in one culture is insulting in another, such as making eye contact, or giving a handshake. In your culture, what is appropriate when a person introduces him or herself?

Also, be sure to distinguish between introductions in different situations, such as a formal and a social situation. There are bound to be differences in how you address people! The internet can be an important tool for this endeavor. Alternatively, you could visit your local library to search for books on this topic, or you could ask Bulgarian friends to explain and demonstrate their cultural habits for introductions. Honoring someone’s culture shows that you respect it, and as we know - a little respect can go a very long way in any relationship!

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2- Study the Correct Phrases and Vocabulary: Be sure to learn Bulgarian phrases and vocabulary that tell people who you are, and that encourage them to engage in conversation with you. Each situation will determine how to address the person you want to introduce yourself to. Also, make sure your pronunciation is correct! It would be most valuable to have Bulgarian-speaking friends who can help you with this. Or read on for a quick phrase and video lesson on Bulgarian introductions right here at BulgarianPod101!

3- Appearance: This is pretty obvious - if you want to make a good impression introducing yourself to anyone for the first time, you need to be neatly dressed and well groomed! A shabby, dirty or careless appearance and bad body odor are to be avoided at all costs; in most cultures, these will not impress!

Also, make sure to dress appropriately, not only for the occasion, but also for the culture. For instance, bare shoulders or an open-necked shirt is an acceptable gear in many Western countries. Yet, in some cultures, dressing like this could deeply offend your host. No amount of good manners and properly expressed introductions is likely to wipe out a cultural no-no! So, be sure to know how to dress, and take care with your appearance when you are about to introduce yourself to someone for the first time!

Following are some neat phrases with which you can introduce yourself in Bulgarian, and get a conversation started too!

3. Video - How to Introduce Yourself in Bulgarian

Good, you read and perhaps even memorized the preceding phrases to successfully introduce yourself in Bulgarian! Watch this short video now to get a quick lesson on Bulgarian grammar for these introductions, as well as how to pronounce them correctly. You will sound like a native when you can copy the presenter perfectly!


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  • Accurate and Correct Pronunciation & Inflection: Our hosts and voice actors are native Bulgarian speakers of the best quality! It is important for us that you speak Bulgarian correctly to avoid embarrassing misunderstandings and miscommunications. If you practice and can copy these presenters well, you will sound just like Bulgarian natives and your introduction will be easily understood!
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  • Learn to Read and Write in Bulgarian: We don’t only teach you to speak, you can also learn to read and write in Bulgarian! This way you can express your Bulgarian introduction in more than one way and be thoroughly prepared.
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How to Celebrate International Children’s Day in Bulgaria

Children’s Day in Bulgaria, as you may already know, is a day dedicated to honoring and celebrating children. After all, they have so much potential to offer the world. In this article, we’ll give you some information about Children’s Day in Bulgaria, and what makes it special (considering the existence of World Children’s Day).

At BulgarianPod101.com, we hope to make learning both fun and informative as you gain insight into Bulgarian culture. Knowing a country’s culture is a vital step in language mastery, and holidays represent a significant part of any country’s culture.

That said, let’s talk about the origins of this holiday, and take a look at the most common Children’s Day celebrations in Bulgaria!

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1. What is Children’s Day?

This day is celebrated by almost all countries from the former Socialist Bloc. The holiday originates from the World Conference on the Well-being of Children held in Geneva in 1925. Children’s Day is important because it reminds adults of the necessity for special protection of children’s rights. Children’s rights include the ideas of equity in upbringing, education, social protection, and physical and spiritual development of all children.

2. Children’s Day Date: When is Children’s Day in Bulgaria?

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Each year, Bulgarians celebrate International Children’s Day on June 1. This has been the official Children’s Day date since 1950. It began to be honored after 1949, when Moscow established June 1 as the International Day for Protection of Children.

However, the International Kids Day (or International Children’s Day) date is different. We’ll talk more about this later!

3. Children’s Day Celebrations in Bulgaria

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Learn how Bulgarians celebrate their Children’s Day holiday by reading the Bulgarian text below. Then, check your Bulgarian reading skills by reading the English text directly below it.

Денят на детето се празнува с игри и мероприятия, безплатни пропуски за деца, панаири и фестивали, концерти, представления и обществени прояви. За децата има много сладолед, балони и усмивки.

Често на Деня на детето се правят конкурси за детски рисунки или прояви, на които се правят рисунки върху детски лица. Така децата могат да се превърнат в любимите си герои за малко и да се снимат така за спомен.

Children’s Day is celebrated with plays and events, free admission for children, fairs and festivals, concerts, shows, and social activities. There’s a lot of ice cream, balloons, and smiles for the children.

Often on Children’s Day there are competitions for children’s drawings or events for face-painting for children. Thus children can spend some time in the shoes of their favorite characters for a while and take pictures as keepsakes.

4. Date of Universal Children’s Day

Do you know when the Universal Children’s Day is?

In 1954 the UN and UNESCO establish November 20 as Universal Children’s Day. Despite this, the date is not adopted everywhere, because most countries already have established traditions for honoring the holiday.

5. Important Vocabulary for Bulgarian Children’s Day

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Here’s some vocabulary you should know for International Children’s Day in Bulgaria!

  • Люлка (lyulka) — swing
  • сапунено мехурче (sapuneno mehurche) — soap bubble
  • Отглеждане (otglezhdane) — upbringing
  • физическо здраве (fizichesko zdrave) — physical health
  • Балон (balon) — balloon
  • защита на децата (zashtita na detsata) — protection of children
  • Жизнерадостен (zhizneradosten) — cheerful
  • Възпитан (vazpitan) — well-behaved
  • Лъчезарен (lachezaren) — radiant
  • разходка в парка (razhodka v parka) — walk in the park
  • играя навън (igraya navan) — playing outdoors
  • Панаир (panair) — fair
  • Проява (proyava) — happening
  • куклен театър (kuklen teatar) — puppet theatre
  • Близалка (blizalka) — lollipop
  • Забавление (zabavlenie) — entertainment

To hear each vocabulary word pronounced, check out our Bulgarian International Children’s Day vocabulary list. Here, each word is listed alongside an audio file of its pronunciation.

Conclusion

So, reader, we’re curious: How does your country celebrate Children’s Day? Are celebrations similar or very different in your country? Let us know in the comments!

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Bulgarian Holiday for the Glagolitic & Cyrillic Alphabet

The Day of Bulgarian Education and Culture and Slavonic Literature (we know, it’s a mouthful…) is a day to focus on the Cyrillic alphabet, as well as the Glagolitic alphabet. Created by St. Cyril and Methodius, the Glagolitic alphabet structure has helped to shape the Bulgarian language as it is today (using the Cyrillic alphabet), making this a day worth its salt.

Learn more about how St. Cyril and St. Methodius impacted the eventual growth of language in Bulgaria below. By learning about Bulgarian Education and Culture Day, you’re opening yourself up to a unique aspect of Bulgarian culture. And as any language learner can tell you, knowing the culture of your target language’s country is a vital step in the language-learning process!

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1. What is Education and Culture, and Slavonic Literature Day?

Day of Bulgarian Education and Culture is the day of celebrating the creation of the so-called glagolitsa, which is a type of writing system and actually is the first Slavic alphabet. It was created by the brothers Cyril and Methodius, also known as the Brothers from Thessaloniki. They used the Glagolitic alphabet to write the translations of the Bible, and in this way they helped to preserve the cultural heritage for the future Slavic peoples.

2. When is Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavonic Literature Day?

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Each year, Bulgarians celebrate Education and Culture, and Slavonic Literature Day on May 24.

3. Reading Practice: Celebrations for this Bulgarian Holiday

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How do Bulgarians celebrate Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavonic Literature Day? Read the Bulgarian text below to find out, and find the English translation directly below it.

Денят на българската просвета и култура и на славянската писменост започва да се чества за пръв път в епохата на българското Възраждане като ден за почитане делото на братята Кирил и Методий. Така този ден става един от начините българите да покажат своето признание и преклонение пред образованието, науката и културата. През 1990 година той става официален празник на Република България.

Химн на този празник е песента Върви, народе възродени, която бива изпълнявана всяка година на честванията на 24-ти май. Празненствата включват тържествени програми с музикални изпълнения на хорови песни и на народни танци. Обикновено училищата и университетите имат празнична украса с венци и цветя, както и богата културна програма. Много често се организират и шествия с участието на ученици и преподаватели.

Песента Върви, народе възродени е стихотворение, написано от поета Стоян Михайловски, което вдъхновява композитора Панайот Пипков за музиката към текста. Българите обичат да проверяват дали другите знаят текста и автора на песента.

The Day of the Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavonic Literature was first celebrated in the period of the Bulgarian Revival as a day for paying tribute to the work of the brothers Cyril and Methodius. It thus became one of the ways for the Bulgarian people to show their recognition and admiration for education, science, and culture. In 1990, it became a public holiday in the Republic of Bulgaria.

The anthem of this holiday is the song March Ahead, Oh, Revived People which is performed every year at the celebrations of May 24. The festivities include celebratory programs with musical performances of choral songs and folk dances. Usually, the schools and the universities have festive decorations of wreaths and flowers as well as prolific cultural program. Very often, processions are organized with the participation of students and teachers.

The song March Ahead, Oh, Revived People is a poem written by the poet Stoyan Mihaylovski which inspires the composer Panayot Pipkov to write music for the lyrics. Bulgarians like checking if others know the text and the author of the song.

4. Glagolitic & Cyrillic Alphabet Connection

Do you know what the connection is between the glagolitsa (Glagolitic alphabet) and the kirilitsa (Cyrillic alphabet), which is used nowadays?

The Saint brothers Cyril and Methodius created the glagolitsa. The kirilitsa appeared in Bulgaria at the end of the ninth century. During the 10th – 11th centuries, the kirilitsa was used alongside the glagolitsa, but it gradually started replacing it in the twelfth century.

5. Useful Vocabulary for Bulgarian Culture Day

Wooden Alphabet Blocks

Here’s some vocabulary you should know for Education and Culture, and Slavonic Literature Day!

  • Библиотека (biblioteka) — library
  • Училище (uchilishte) — school
  • Литература (literatura) — literature
  • Образование (obrazovanie) — education
  • Ден на българската просвета и култура и на славянската писменост (Den na balgarskata prosveta i kultura i na slavyanskata pismenost) — Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavonic Literature Day
  • Азбука (azbuka) — alphabet
  • Кирилица (kirilitsa) — Cyrillic alphabet
  • Култура (kultura) — culture
  • Св.св. Кирил и Методий (Sv.sv. Kiril i Metodiy) — St. Cyril and St. Methodius
  • Глаголица (glagolitsa) — Glagolitic alphabet
  • Просвещение (prosveshtenie) — enlightenment
  • Венец (venets) — wreath

To hear each of these vocabulary words pronounced (yes, even the long holiday name!), check out our relevant vocabulary list. Here, you’ll find each word accompanied by an audio file of its pronunciation.

Conclusion

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St. Trifon Day: Celebrating the Patron Saint of Wine

Sveti Tryphon Zarezan, also known as St. Trifon Zarezan or St. Trifon’s Day, is held in celebration of Saint Trifon, the patron saint of wine. In honor of St. Trifon, Bulgarians celebrate this folk holiday by holding the Trifon Zarezan Festival, which we’ll learn more about below.

By delving into this fun, festive, and merry holiday, you’re also peeling away at the layers of Bulgarian culture. And learning about any country’s culture is vital in language-learning!

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1. What is Bulgarian Sveti Tryphon Zarezan?
Trifon Zarezan is also called Vine-Growers’ Day. It’s an unofficial or folk holiday celebrated in honor of Saint Trifon. Other popular names for the feast are Zarezanov Den and Trifon Drunkard.

Saint Trifon himself was a healer and became a saint martyr. He came from a region in Asia Minor, considered to be the land where vines and “wine,” or vinoto, originated. Saint Trifon is considered a patron of vines (or the patron saint of wine) and Trifon’s Day is honored as Vine-Growers’ Day.

2. When is St. Trifon Zarezan?

A Green Vineyard

Some people celebrate this day on February 1, though wineries tend to celebrate on the traditional date of February 14 (yes, the same day that Valentine’s Day is celebrated!).

3. Reading Practice: How is it Celebrated?

How do Bulgarians celebrate the Trifon Zarezan Festival? Read the Bulgarian text below to find out! (You can find the English translation below it.)
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Трифоновден се празнува по стар стил на 14-ти февруари, заедно с модерния празник на Свети Валентин. Но традицията повелява на този ден хората с имена, произхождащи от името Трифон да празнуват имен ден. Например това са Тричка, Тичо, Радка, Рачо и други. Трифон Зарезан обаче е основно празник на лозарите, градинарите и кръчмарите.
На този ден обикновено се приготвя варена кокшка и се омесва хляб - обикновено под формата на пита. Лозарите взимат от месото и питата и заедно с бъклица вино отиват на лозето. Там извършват ритуала по зарязването на лозите. След като отрязват по три пръчки, те се прекръстват и поливат лозите с виното.
На ритуала се избира цар на лозята и се закичва с венец от лозови пръчки. Всички се отпрявят заедно към града. Там биват посрещнати с вино, от което отпиват, а остатъкът се плисва върху царя за берекет.
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Trifon’s Day is celebrated according to the old style on February 14, together with the modern Saint Valentine’s Day. But tradition demands that on this day the people with names deriving from the name Trifon celebrate a name-day. These names include Trichka, Ticho, Radka, Racho, and others. However, Trifon Zarezan is mainly a feast of vine growers, gardeners, and tavern-keepers.

“Usually,” or obiknoveno, for St. Tryphon’s Day, Bulgarians boil a chicken and ensure that bread is kneaded—generally a flat loaf. The vine growers take some of the meat and bread, as well as a vessel of wine, and go to the vines, where they “perform,” or izvarshvat, the vine-pruning ritual. After cutting three sticks they “cross themselves,” or se prekrastvat, and “water,” or polivat, the vines with the wine.

The “King of the Vines” is elected during the ritual, and is then decorated with a wreath made of vine sticks. All of the people “head,”or otpravyat se, to town, where they are welcomed with wine. They drink the wine and what’s left is “splashed” or se plisva, onto the king for a rich crop.

Group of People Celebrating

1- Side Note on Celebrations

As Bulgarians Празнувам (praznuvam) or “celebrate” St. Tryphon, you can expect for things to get Шумен (shumen) or “noisy.” As you can imagine, on this day of festivity, drinking, and Веселба (veselba) or “merriment,” experiencing a Махмурлук (mahmurluk) or “hangover,” afterward is quite a possibility if you Прекалявам (prekalyavam) or “overdo” it. So have fun, but don’t get too crazy. ;)

4. Additional Information: Patron Saint of Wine (or Vines)

But why exactly is St. Trifon considered the patron saint of vines? What earned him this title, and what other title is he known by?

The legend states that when he used to prune his vineyard, he accidentally cut off the top of his nose. On the icons he is depicted sometimes with a vine-pruning knife or a sickle, and sometimes with a falcon sitting on his hand. According to this tradition, he is also considered patron of the falconers.

5. Must-Know Vocab

A Bunch of Grapes

Here are some words you should know for St. Trifon’s Day. Be sure to study these to increase your Bulgarian vocabulary and better understand this fun Bulgarian folk holiday!

  • Мавруд (mavrud) — Mavrud (Bulgarian grapes)
  • Лозар (lozar) — winegrower
  • лозарска ножица (lozarska nozhitsa) — pruning shears
  • Лозе (loze) — vineyard
  • Махмурлук (mahmurluk) — hangover
  • Мъченик (machenik) — martyr
  • Веселба (veselba) — merriment
  • Шумен (shumen) — noisy
  • Празнувам (praznuvam) — celebrate
  • Прекалявам (prekalyavam) — overdo
  • Суеверие (sueverie) — superstition
  • варя кокошка (varya kokoshka) — boil a hen
  • Пирувам (piruvam) — feast
  • Езически (ezicheski) — pagan
  • Реколта (rekolta) — crop
  • Трифоновден (Trifonovden) — St. Trifon’s Day

To hear the pronunciation of each St. Trifan’s Day word, be sure to check out our relevant vocabulary list, where you’ll find an audio alongside each word.

Conclusion

Now you know about the Bulgarian holiday of St. Trifon’s Day. What do you think about this holiday? Is there a similar one in your home country? Let us know in the comments!

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How to Say I Love You in Bulgarian - Romantic Word List

Do you often feel lonely and sad? Do you long for romance and are willing to do whatever it takes to meet that special person? Speaking another language could revolutionize your love life! So, why wait? Learning how to say ‘love’ in Bulgarian could be just what you need to find it.

Or perhaps you were lucky, and have found your Bulgarian partner already. Fantastic! Yet, a cross-cultural relationship comes with unique challenges. Learning how to speak your lover’s language will greatly improve your communication and enhance the relationship. At BulgarianPod101, our team will teach you all the words, quotes and phrases you need to woo your Bulgarian lover with excellence! Our tutors provide personal assistance, with plenty of extra material available to make Bulgarian dating easy for you.

Table of Contents

  1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date
  2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date
  3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary
  4. Bulgarian Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day
  5. Bulgarian Quotes about Love
  6. Marriage Proposal Lines
  7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines
  8. Will Falling in Love Help You Learn Bulgarian Faster?

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1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date

So, you have met your Bulgarian love interest. Congratulations! Who knows where this could take you…?! However, the two of you have just met and you’re not ready to say the Bulgarian word for love just yet. Great, it is better to get to know him/her first. Wow your prospective love by using these Bulgarian date phrases to set up a spectacular first date.

Bulgarian Date Phrases

Would you like to go out to dinner with me?

  • Би ли искала да излезеш на вечеря с мен?
  • Bi li iskala da izlezesh na vecherya s men?

The important question! In most cultures, this phrase indicates: ‘I’m romantically interested in you’. Flirting in Bulgarian is no different, so don’t take your date to Mcdonald’s!

Are you free this weekend?

  • Свободна ли си през този уикенд?
  • Svobodna li si prez tozi uikend?

This is a preamble to asking your love interest on a date. If you get an immediate ‘Yes’, that’s good news!

Would you like to hang out with me?

  • Ще искаш ли да излезем заедно?
  • Shte iskash li da izlezem zaedno?

You like her/him, but you’re not sure if there’s chemistry. Ask them to hang out first to see if a dinner date is next.

What time shall we meet tomorrow?

  • По кое време да се срещнем утре?
  • Po koe vreme da se sreshtnem utre?

Set a time, and be sure to arrive early! Nothing spoils a potential relationship more than a tardy date.

Where shall we meet?

  • Къде да се срещнем?
  • Kade da se sreshtnem?

You can ask this, but also suggest a place.

You look great.

  • Изглеждаш страхотно.
  • Izglezhdash strahotno.

A wonderful ice breaker! This phrase will help them relax a bit - they probably took great care to look their best just for you.

You are so cute.

  • Много си сладка.
  • Mnogo si sladka.

If the two of you are getting on really well, this is a fun, flirtatious phrase to use.

What do you think of this place?

  • Как ти се струва това място?
  • Kak ti se struva tova myasto?

This another good conversation starter. Show off your Bulgarian language skills!

Can I see you again?

  • Може ли да те видя отново?
  • Mozhe li da te vidya otnovo?

So the date went really well - don’t waste time! Make sure you will see each other again.

Shall we go somewhere else?

  • Да отидем ли някъде другаде?
  • Da otidem li nyakade drugade?

If the place you meet at is not great, you can suggest going elsewhere. It is also a good question to follow the previous one. Variety is the spice of life!

I know a good place.

  • Знам едно добро място.
  • Znam edno dobro myasto.

Use this with the previous question. However, don’t say if you don’t know a good place!

I will drive you home.

  • Ще те закарам до вас.
  • Shte te zakaram do vas.

If your date doesn’t have transport, this is a polite, considerate offer. However, don’t be offended if she/he turns you down on the first date. Especially a woman might not feel comfortable letting you drive her home when the two of you are still basically strangers.

That was a great evening.

  • Това беше страхотна вечер.
  • Tova beshe strahotna vecher.

This is a good phrase to end the evening with.

When can I see you again?

  • Кога ще мога да те видя отново?
  • Koga shte moga da te vidya otnovo?

If he/she replied ‘Yes’ to ‘Can I see you again?’, this is the next important question.

I’ll call you.

  • Ще ти се обадя.
  • Shte ti se obadya.

Say this only if you really mean to do it. In many cultures, this could imply that you’re keeping the proverbial backdoor open.

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2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date

You learned all the Bulgarian phrases to make a date - congratulations! Now you have to decide where to meet, which can be tricky. Discuss these options with your lover to gauge whether you like the same things. Check out romantic date ideas in Bulgarian below!

Date Ideas in Bulgarian

museum

  • музей
  • muzey

If you’re looking for unique date ideas that are fun but won’t break the bank, museums are the perfect spot! You won’t be running out of things to say in the conversations.

candlelit dinner

  • вечеря на свещи
  • vecherya na sveshti

A candlelit dinner is perhaps best to reserve for when the relationship is getting serious. It’s very intimate, and says: “Romance!” It’s a fantastic choice if you’re sure you and your date are in love with each other!

go to the zoo

  • отидете в зоологическата градина
  • otidete v zoologicheskata gradina

This is a good choice for shy lovers who want to get the conversation going. Just make sure your date likes zoos, as some people dislike them. Maybe not for the first date, but this is also a great choice if your lover has children - you’ll win his/her adoration for inviting them along!

go for a long walk

  • отидете на дълга разходка
  • otidete na dalga razhodka

Need to talk about serious stuff, or just want to relax with your date? Walking together is soothing, and a habit you can keep up together always! Just make sure it’s a beautiful walk that’s not too strenuous.

go to the opera

  • отидете на опера
  • otidete na opera

This type of date should only be attempted if both of you love the opera. It can be a special treat, followed by a candlelit dinner!

go to the aquarium

  • отидете в аквариума
  • otidete v akvariuma

Going to the aquarium is another good idea if you need topics for conversation, or if you need to impress your lover’s kids! Make sure your date doesn’t have a problem with aquariums.

walk on the beach

  • разходка по плажа
  • razhodka po plazha

This can be a very romantic stroll, especially at night! The sea is often associated with romance and beauty.

have a picnic

  • направете си пикник
  • napravete si piknik

If you and your date need to get more comfortable together, this can be a fantastic date. Spending time in nature is soothing and calms the nerves.

cook a meal together

  • сгответе нещо заедно
  • sgotvete neshto zaedno

If you want to get an idea of your date’s true character in one go, this is an excellent date! You will quickly see if the two of you can work together in a confined space. If it works, it will be fantastic for the relationship and create a sense of intimacy. If not, you will probably part ways!

have dinner and see a movie

  • отидете на вечеря и след това на кино
  • otidete na vecherya i sled tova na kino

This is traditional date choice works perfectly well. Just make sure you and your date like the same kind of movies!

3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary

Valentine's Day Words in Bulgarian

Expressing your feelings honestly is very important in any relationship all year round. Yet, on Valentine’s Day you really want to shine. Impress your lover this Valentine’s with your excellent vocabulary, and make his/her day! We teach you, in fun, effective ways, the meanings of the words and how to pronounce them. You can also copy the characters and learn how to write ‘I love you’ in Bulgarian - think how impressed your date will be!

4. Bulgarian Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day

So, you now have the basic Valentine’s Day vocabulary under your belt. Well done! But, do you know how to say ‘I love you’ in Bulgarian yet? Or perhaps you are still only friends. So, do you know how to say ‘I like you’ or ‘I have a crush on you’ in Bulgarian? No? Don’t worry, here are all the love phrases you need to bowl over your Bulgarian love on this special day!

Valentine's Day Words in Bulgarian

You mean so much to me.

  • Ти значиш толкова много за мен.
  • Ti znachish tolkova mnogo za men.

This is a beautiful expression of gratitude that will enhance any relationship! It makes the receiver feel appreciated and their efforts recognized.

Will you be my Valentine?

  • Ще бъдеш ли моята валентинка?
  • Shte badesh li moyata valentinka?

With these words, you are taking your relationship to the next level! Or, if you have been a couple for a while, it shows that you still feel the romance. So, go for it!

You’re so beautiful.

  • Ти си толкова красива.
  • Ti si tolkova krasiva.

If you don’t know how to say ‘You’re pretty’ in Bulgarian, this is a good substitute, gentlemen!

I think of you as more than a friend.

  • Мисля за теб като нещо повече от приятел.
  • Mislya za teb kato neshto poveche ot priyatel.

Say this if you are not yet sure that your romantic feelings are reciprocated. It is also a safe go-to if you’re unsure about the Bulgarian dating culture.

A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

  • Сто сърца биха били твърде малко, за да поберат цялата любов, която изпитвам към теб.
  • Sto sartsa biha bili tvarde malko, za da poberat tsyalata lyubov, koyato izpitvam kam teb.

You romantic you…! When your heart overflows with love, this would be the best phrase to use.

Love is just love. It can never be explained.

  • Любовта е просто любов. Тя никога не може да бъде обяснена.
  • Lyubovta e prosto lyubov. Tya nikoga ne mozhe da bade obyasnena.

If you fell in love unexpectedly or inexplicably, this one’s for you.

You’re so handsome.

  • Ти си толкова привлекателен.
  • Ti si tolkova privlekatelen.

Ladies, this phrase lets your Bulgarian love know how much you appreciate his looks! Don’t be shy to use it; men like compliments too.

I’ve got a crush on you.

  • Падам си по теб.
  • Padam si po teb.

If you like someone, but you’re unsure about starting a relationship, it would be prudent to say this. It simply means that you like someone very, very much and think they’re amazing.

You make me want to be a better man.

  • Ти ме караш да искам да бъда по-добър човек.
  • Ti me karash da iskam da bada po-dobar chovek.

Gentlemen, don’t claim this phrase as your own! It hails from the movie ‘As Good as it Gets’, but it is sure to make your Bulgarian girlfriend feel very special. Let her know that she inspires you!

Let all that you do be done in love.

  • Нека всичко, което правиш, да бъде правено с любов.
  • Neka vsichko, koeto pravish, da bade praveno s lyubov.

We hope.

You are my sunshine, my love.

  • Ти си моето слънце, моята любов.
  • Ti si moeto slantse, moyata lyubov.

A compliment that lets your lover know they bring a special quality to your life. Really nice!

Words can’t describe my love for you.

  • С думи не може да се опише любовта ми към теб.
  • S dumi ne mozhe da se opishe lyubovta mi kam teb.

Better say this when you’re feeling serious about the relationship! It means that your feelings are very intense.

We were meant to be together.

  • Писано е да бъдем заедно.
  • Pisano e da badem zaedno.

This is a loving affirmation that shows you see a future together, and that you feel a special bond with your partner.

If you were thinking about someone while reading this, you’re definitely in love.

  • Ако си мислите за някого, докато четете това, значи вие определено сте влюбени.
  • Ako si mislite za nyakogo, dokato chetete tova, znachi vie opredeleno ste vlyubeni.

Here’s something fun to tease your lover with. And hope he/she was thinking of you!

I love you.

  • Обичам те.
  • Obicham te.

Saying ‘I love you’ in Bulgarian carries the same weight as in all languages. Use this only if you’re sure and sincere about your feelings for your partner/friend.

5. Bulgarian Quotes about Love

Bulgarian Love Quotes

You’re a love champ! You and your Bulgarian lover are getting along fantastically, your dates are awesome, your Valentine’s Day together was spectacular, and you’re very much in love. Good for you! Here are some beautiful phrases of endearment in Bulgarian that will remind him/her who is in your thoughts all the time.

6. Marriage Proposal Lines

Bulgarian Marriage Proposal Lines

Wow. Your Bulgarian lover is indeed the love of your life - congratulations! And may only happiness follow the two of you! In most traditions, the man asks the woman to marry; this is also the Bulgarian custom. Here are a few sincere and romantic lines that will help you to ask your lady-love for her hand in marriage.

7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines

Bulgarian Break-Up Lines

Instead of moving towards marriage or a long-term relationship, you find that the spark is not there for you. That is a pity! But even though breaking up is never easy, continuing a bad or unfulfilling relationship would be even harder. Remember to be kind to the person you are going to say goodbye to; respect and sensitivity cost nothing. Here are some phrases to help you break up gently.

  • We need to talk.
    • Трябва да поговорим за нещо.
    • Tryabva da pogovorim za neshto.

    This is not really a break-up line, but it is a good conversation opener with a serious tone.

    It’s not you. It’s me.

    • Причината не е в теб. В мен е.
    • Prichinata ne e v teb. V men e.

    As long as you mean it, this can be a kind thing to say. It means that there’s nothing wrong with your Bulgarian lover as a person, but that you need something different from a relationship.

    I’m just not ready for this kind of relationship.

    • Просто не съм готов за този тип връзка.
    • Prosto ne sam gotov za tozi tip vrazka.

    Things moved a bit fast and got too intense, too soon? Painful as it is, honesty is often the best way to break up with somebody.

    Let’s just be friends.

    • Нека просто бъдем приятели.
    • Neka prosto badem priyateli.

    If the relationship was very intense, and you have sent many ‘i love u’ texts in Bulgarian, this would not be a good breakup line. Feelings need to calm down before you can be friends, if ever. If the relationship has not really developed yet, a friendship would be possible.

    I think we need a break.

    • Мисля, че имаме нужда от малко раздяла.
    • Mislya, che imame nuzhda ot malko razdyala.

    This is again honest, and to the point. No need to play with someone’s emotions by not letting them know how you feel. However, this could imply that you may fall in love with him/her again after a period of time, so use with discretion.

    You deserve better.

    • Ти заслужаваш повече.
    • Ti zasluzhavash poveche.

    Yes, he/she probably deserves a better relationship if your own feelings have cooled down.

    We should start seeing other people.

    • Трябва да започнем да се виждаме и с други хора.
    • Tryabva da zapochnem da se vizhdame i s drugi hora.

    This is probably the least gentle break-up phrase, so reserve it for a lover that doesn’t get the message!

    I need my space.

    • Имам нужда от лично пространство.
    • Imam nuzhda ot lichno prostranstvo.

    When a person is too clingy or demanding, this would be an suitable break-up phrase. It is another good go-to for that lover who doesn’t get the message!

    I think we’re moving too fast.

    • Мисля, че всичко се случва прекалено бързо.
    • Mislya, che vsichko se sluchva prekaleno barzo.

    Say this if you want to keep the relationship, but need to slow down its progress a bit. It is also good if you feel things are getting too intense for your liking. However, it is not really a break-up line, so be careful not to mislead.

    I need to focus on my career.

    • Трябва да се съсредоточа върху кариерата си.
    • Tryabva da se sasredotocha varhu karierata si.

    If you feel that you will not be able to give 100% in a relationship due to career demands, this is the phrase to use. It’s also good if you are unwilling to give up your career for a relationship.

    I’m not good enough for you.

    • Аз не съм достатъчно добър за теб.
    • Az ne sam dostatachno dobar za teb.

    Say this only if you really believe it, or you’ll end up sounding false. Break-ups are usually hard for the receiving party, so don’t insult him/her with an insincere comment.

    I just don’t love you anymore.

    • Аз просто не те обичам вече.
    • Az prosto ne te obicham veche.

    This harsh line is sometimes the best one to use if you are struggling to get through to a stubborn, clingy lover who won’t accept your break up. Use it as a last resort. Then switch your phone off and block their emails!

    We’re just not right for each other.

    • Ние просто не сме един за друг.
    • Nie prosto ne sme edin za drug.

    If this is how you truly feel, you need to say it. Be kind, gentle and polite.

    It’s for the best.

    • Това е само за по-добро.
    • Tova e samo za po-dobro.

    This phrase is called for if circumstances are difficult and the relationship is not progressing well. Love should enhance one’s life, not burden it!

    We’ve grown apart.

    • Ние някак се отчуждихме.
    • Nie nyakak se otchuzhdihme.

    Cross-cultural relationships are often long-distance ones, and it is easy to grow apart over time.

  • 8. Will Falling in Love help you Learn Bulgarian faster?

    Most people will agree that the above statement is a no-brainer - of course it will! Your body will be flooded with feel-good hormones, which are superb motivators for anything. BulgarianPod101 is one of the best portals to help help make this a reality, so don’t hesitate to enroll now! Let’s quickly look at the reasons why falling in love will speed up your learning of the Bulgarian language.

    Three Reasons Why Having a Lover will Help you Learn Bulgarian Faster!

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    1- Being in a love relationship with your Bulgarian speaking partner will immerse you in the culture
    BulgarianPod101 uses immersive methods and tools to teach you Bulgarian, but having a relationship with a native speaker will be a very valuable addition to your learning experience! You will gain exposure to their world, realtime and vividly, which will make the language come alive even more for you. The experience is likely to expand your world-view, which should motivate you to learn Bulgarian even faster.

    2- Having your Bulgarian romantic partner will mean more opportunity to practice speaking
    Nothing beats continuous practice when learning a new language. Your partner will probably be very willing to assist you in this, as your enhanced Bulgarian language skills will enhance the relationship. Communication is, after all, one of the most important pillars of a good partnership. Also, you will get to impress your lover with the knowledge gained through your studies - a win/win situation!

    3- A supportive Bulgarian lover is likely to make a gentle, patient teacher and study aid!
    With his/her heart filled with love and goodwill for you, your Bulgarian partner is likely to patiently and gently correct your mistakes when you speak. This goes not only for grammar, but also for accent and meaning. With his/her help, you could sound like a native in no time!

    Three Reasons Why BulgarianPod101 helps you learn Bulgarian Even Faster when you’re In Love

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    1- All the Resources and Materials Will Help Both of You
    Falling in love with a man or woman speaking Bulgarian is an opportunity for both of you to learn a new language! For this reason, every lesson, transcript, vocabulary list, and resource at BulgarianPod101 is translated into both English and Bulgarian. So, while your partner can help you learn Bulgarian faster, you can potentially also help him/her learn and master English!

    2- Lessons Are Designed to Help You Understand and Engage with Bulgarian Culture
    At BulgarianPod101, our focus is to help our students learn practical vocabulary and phrases used by everyday people in Bulgaria. This means that, from your very first lesson, you can apply what you learn immediately! So, when your Bulgarian partner wants to go out to a restaurant, play Pokemon Go, or attend just about any social function, you have the vocabulary and phrases necessary to have a great time!

    3- Access to Special Resources Dedicated to Romantic Bulgarian Phrases
    You now have access to BulgarianPod101’s specially-developed sections and tools to teach you love words, phrases, and cultural insights to help you find and attract your Bulgarian soul mate. A personal tutor will assist you to master these brilliantly - remember to invite him/her to your wedding!

    Secret Revealed: The Best Way to Learn a Language on Your Own

    Learning A Language on Your Own

    Can You Really Learn Bulgarian Alone?

    Learning a language on your own or without traditional classroom instruction may seem quite daunting at first. What if you run into questions? How do you stay motivated and on track to achieving goals?

    Don’t worry, not only is it possible to learn Bulgarian or any language without traditional classroom instruction: BulgarianPod101 has created the world’s most advanced and extensive online language learning system. Not only is BulgarianPod101 specifically designed to help you with learning a language on your own, it’s actually faster, more convenient, and less expensive than traditional classroom options!

    Let’s look at some of the benefits of learning Bulgarian or any language alone.

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    3 Reasons to Learn a Language Alone

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    1. Learn at Your Own Pace and On Your Schedule

    In today’s fast-paced world, there just isn’t time for traditional classroom instruction. Between getting to class and studying on some professor or teacher’s schedule, traditional classroom learning is simply impossible to fit in. But when you learn Bulgarian alone, you can study in bed if you like and whenever suits your schedule best, making it far easier to actually reach your goal of learning and mastering the language.

    2. Learning a Language on Your Own Reduces Stress and Anxiety

    Speaking in front of a class, pop quizzes, and tests are just a few of the stressors you will encounter when you learn a language in a traditional classroom setting. Specifically, these are external stressors that often derail most people’s dream of learning a new language. But when you learn Bulgarian alone, there are no external stressors. Without the external stress and anxiety, it becomes much easier and more exciting to study Bulgarian and reach your very own goals—all on your own!

    3. Learning Bulgarian Alone Helps Improve Cognitive Function and Overall Success

    Learning a language on your own is indeed more challenging in some ways than being taught in a traditional classroom setting. In fact, while classroom instruction requires more rote memorization and following instructions, studying a language on your own requires more problem-solving and higher cognitive function to self-teach lessons and hit goals. So while it’s more challenging and requires higher levels of cognition, teaching yourself a language pays dividends throughout life by better preparing you for social/work opportunities that arise.

    How to Learn a Language on Your Own with BulgarianPod101

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    1. Access to the World’s Largest Collection of Bulgarian Audio & Video Lessons

    The best way to learn a language on your own is to study from native speaking instructors. Ideally, you want audio and/or video lessons that teach vocabulary, grammar, and provide actual Bulgarian conversations and dialogue to help you with pronunciation. BulgarianPod101 has hundreds of hours of HD audio and video lessons created by real Bulgarian instructors and every lesson is presented by professional Bulgarian actors for perfect pronunciation. Plus, all lessons can be accessed 24/7 via any mobile device with Internet access. And, if you download the PDF versions of each lesson, you can even study without Internet access once the lesson is stored on your device!

    2. “Learning Paths” with Bulgarian Courses Based Upon Your Exact Needs & Goals

    Although BulgarianPod101 has more than thousands of video and audio lessons, you need not review each and every one to learn the language. In fact, BulgarianPod101 has developed a feature called “Learning Paths”. You simply tell us your goals and we will identify the best courses and study plan to help you reach them in the shortest time possible. So even though you are technically learning a language on your own, our team is always here to help and make sure you reach your goals FAST!

    3. Advanced Learning Tools Reduce Learning Time and Boost Retention

    When you have the right tools and Bulgarian learning resources, it’s actually easy to teach yourself a language! In the past 10+ years, BulgarianPod101 has developed, tested, and refined more than 20 advanced learning tools to boost retention and reduce learning time, including:

    • Spaced Repetition Flashcards
    • Line-by-Line Dialogue Breakdown
    • Review Quizzes
    • Voice Recording Tools to Help Perfect Pronunciation
    • Teacher Feedback and Comments for Each Lesson
    • Bulgarian Dictionary with Pronunciation
    • Free PDF Cheat Sheets
    • And Much More!

    Armed with our growing collection of advanced learning tools, it’s truly a breeze to learn Bulgarian alone and reach your goals!

    Conclusion

    Learning a language on your own is not only possible, it’s actually easier and more beneficial for you than traditional classroom instruction. In fact, when you learn Bulgarian on your own you can study at your own pace, eliminate stress, and actually increase cognitive function.

    BulgarianPod101 is the world’s most advanced online language learning system and a great resource to help you teach yourself a new language. With the world’s largest collection of HD audio and video lessons, more than 20 advanced learning tools, and customized “Learning Paths”, BulgarianPod101 makes learning a new language easier, more convenient, and less expensive than traditional classroom instruction.

    And the best part is: With BulgarianPod101, you can study in bed, your car, or wherever you have a few spare minutes of time. Create your Free Lifetime Account now and get a FREE ebook to help “kickstart” your dream of learning a language on your own below!

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    Language Learning Tips: How to Avoid Awkward Silences

    Avoid Awkward Silences

    Yes, even beginners can quickly learn conversational Bulgarian well enough to carry on real conversations with native speakers. Of course, beginners won’t be able to carry a conversation the same way they could in their native language. But, just knowing a few tips like which questions to ask to keep a conversation going are all you need to speak and interact with real native speakers! But before we get to specific suggestions, let’s first take a closer look at how having real Bulgarian conversations is so vital to your mastery of the language.

    Learning to Carry a Conversation is Vital to Mastery of Any Language

    Communicating with other people is the very point of language and conversation is almost second nature in our native tongue. For beginners or anyone learning a new language, conversations aren’t easy at all and even simple Bulgarian greetings can be intimidating and awkward.

    However, there are 3 vital reasons why you should learn conversational Bulgarian as quickly as possible:

    • Avoid Awkward Silences: Nothing kills a conversation faster than long periods of awkward silence, so you need practice and specific strategies to avoid them.
    • Improve the Flow of Conversation to Make a Better Impression: When you know what to say to keep a conversation going, communication becomes much easier and you make a better impression on your listener.
    • Master the Language Faster: Nothing will help you learn to speak Bulgarian faster and truly master the language than having real conversations with native speakers. Conversations quickly expose you to slang, cultural expressions, and vocabulary that force you to absorb and assimilate information faster than any educational setting—and that’s a great thing!

    But how can you possibly have real conversations with real Bulgarian people if you are just starting out?

    3 Conversation Strategies for Beginners

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    1. Ask Questions to Keep a Conversation Going

    For beginners and even more advanced speakers, the key is to learn to ask questions to keep a conversation going. Of course, they can’t be just random questions or else you may confuse the listener. But, by memorizing a few key questions and the appropriate time to use them, you can easily carry a conversation with minimal vocabulary or experience. And remember, the more Bulgarian conversations you have, the quicker you will learn and master the language!

    2. Learn Core Vocabulary Terms as Quickly as Possible

    You don’t need to memorize 10,000’s of words to learn conversational Bulgarian. In fact, with just a couple hundred Bulgarian words you could have a very basic Bulgarian conversation. And by learning maybe 1,000-2,000 words, you could carry a conversation with a native speaker about current events, ordering in restaurants, and even getting directions.

    3. Study Videos or Audio Lessons that You Can Play and Replay Again and Again

    If you want to know how to carry a conversation in Bulgarian, then you need exposure to native speakers—and the more the better. Ideally, studying video or audio lessons is ideal because they provide contextualized learning in your native language and you can play them again and again until mastery.

    BulgarianPod101 Makes it Easier and More Convenient Than Ever to Learn Conversational Bulgarian

    Learning Bulgarian

    For more than 10 years, BulgarianPod101 has been helping students learn to speak Bulgarian by creating the world’s most advanced online language learning system. Here are just a few of the specific features that will help you learn conversational Bulgarian fast using our proven system:

    • The Largest Collection of HD Video & Audio Lessons from Real Bulgarian Instructors: BulgarianPod101 instructors have created hundreds of video and audio lessons that you can play again and again. And the best part is: They don’t just teach you Bulgarian vocabulary and grammar, they are designed to help you learn to speak Bulgarian and teach you practical everyday topics like shopping, ordering, etc!
    • Pronunciation Tools: Use this feature to record and compare yourself with native speakers to quickly improve your pronunciation and fluency!
    • 2000 Common Bulgarian Words: Also known as our Core List, these 2,000 words are all you need to learn to speak fluently and carry a conversation with a native speaker!

    In all, more than 20 advanced learning tools help you quickly build vocabulary and learn how to carry a conversation with native speakers—starting with your very first lesson.

    Conclusion

    Although it may seem intimidating for a beginner, the truth is that it is very easy to learn conversational Bulgarian. By learning a few core vocabulary terms and which questions to ask to keep a conversation going, just a little practice and exposure to real Bulgarian conversations or lessons is all it really takes. BulgarianPod101 has created the world’s largest online collection of video and audio lessons by real instructors plus loads of advanced tools to help you learn to speak Bulgarian and carry a conversation quickly.

    Act now and we’ll also include a list of the most commonly used questions to keep a conversation going so you can literally get started immediately!

    How to Transform Your Daily Commute Into Learning a Language

    Learn a language during your commute!

    Today, classrooms are no longer the only or even best place to learn a new language like Bulgarian. More and more people are finding that they can easily learn a language just about anywhere they have a few minutes of spare time, including their daily commute to work. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American spends over 50 minutes a day commuting to and from work, or over 300 hours a year.

    Rethinking Your Daily Commute to Work

    But rather than simply sitting in traffic and wasting the time, you can instead use your daily commute to literally learn Bulgarian in just a few short months! BulgarianPod101 has developed specialized learning tools that you can use on your commute to work (and home again) to master the language in your spare time. Keep reading to learn how to get your free audiobook to use on your next commute so you can see for yourself how easy it is to transform “dead time” into realizing your dream of learning a new language!

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    But before we look at how to transform your commute home into a mini-classroom, let’s take a closer look at 4 reasons why traditional classroom settings just aren’t the best option for most people in today’s fast-paced world.

    • Difficulty Getting to and From Class
    • Learning on Someone Else’s Schedule
    • Very Expensive and May Cost $1,000’s to Complete
    • Can Take Years to Finally Complete Classes and Learn the Language

    The simple truth is that traditional classroom instruction is simply not a viable option for most people in today’s very fast-paced, time-starved world. Now let’s examine how you can learn a language faster, more easily, and at far less expense than traditional classes—all during your commute to work and back home again!

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    3 Reasons Your Daily Commute Can Help You Master a Language

    1. The Average Commute Time is More than 300 Hours Per Year

    Between the commute to work and getting back home again, over 6 hours a week is completely wasted and not helping you reach any goals or objectives. But thanks to online language learning platforms with audiobooks and other resources that you can access during your commute, you can easily transform wasted time into tangible progress towards learning a new language. With over 300 hours available annually, your daily commute could provide you with enough time to literally master a new language each and every year!

    2. Increase Your Earning Potential While Commuting to Work

    How would you like to transform all those spare commuting hours each week into more money for a new car, house, or even a dream vacation? According to research, someone making $30,000 per year can boost their annual income by $600 or more per year by learning a second language. Added up over the course of a lifetime, you can boost your total earnings by $70,000 or more while achieving your dream of learning a new language during your daily commute!

    How? From work-at-home translation jobs to working overseas, there are many ways to leverage your second language into more money in your bank account! So instead of wasting your precious time, you can make your commute more productive and profitable and the more languages you learn, the higher your income potential.

    3. Repetition is Key to Mastering a New Language

    Not sure if it’s practical to learn another language while commuting to and from work each day? Well not only is it possible—learning in your car on the way to and from work each day can actually help you learn and master Bulgarian or any language much faster! The simple truth is that repetition is absolutely vital to truly internalizing and mastering any language. So, if you listen to audiobooks or even audio lessons on your commute to work and then repeat the same lesson on your commute home, the information is more likely to be “locked-in” to your long-term memory!

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    5 Ways BulgarianPod101 Makes It Easy to Learn a Language On Your Commute

    BulgarianPod101 has been helping people just like yourself learn and master Bulgarian in the comfort of their home, during their daily commute, or any place they have a few minutes of spare time. Here are five features provided by BulgarianPod101 that make it easy to learn a new language while commuting to and from work:

    1. The Largest Collection of Audio Lessons on Planet by Native Speaking Instructors
    Every single week, BulgarianPod101 creates new audio lessons by native speaking instructors. All lessons are short, to the point, and guaranteed to improve your mastery of Bulgarian.

    2. Word of the Day
    Simply exposing yourself to new information and vocabulary terms helps increase your fluency and mastery of Bulgarian. So every single day, BulgarianPod101 adds a new Word of the Day for you to learn and memorize during your commute.

    3. Daily Dose Mini-Lessons
    Have a short commute to work but still want to make progress towards learning and mastering Bulgarian? Not a problem! Our Daily Dose Mini-Lessons are 1-minute or less and designed to improve your grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.

    4. All Content Available on a Convenient Mobile App
    You don’t need a PC or tablet to learn Bulgarian during your daily commute. At BulgarianPod101, all of our lessons, tools, and resources are available 24/7 via our Mobile App. That means you can access all of our audio lessons and other tools during your commute to work or any time you have a few spare moments!

    5. Audiobooks and Other Supplemental Resources
    In addition to the world’s largest online collection of HD audio lessons, BulgarianPod101 has also created several audiobooks to enhance your understanding and make it more convenient than ever to learn a language during your commute!

    Conclusion

    The average commute time of most Americans is over 300 hours each year and it’s the perfect opportunity to learn and master a new language. In fact, you can use the “dead time” during your daily commute to learn a new language and potentially boost your lifetime earnings by up to $70,000 or more! Whatever your motivation, BulgarianPod101 has the tools and resources necessary to help you learn a new language each year during your commute to and from work. Act now and we’ll even provide you with a free audiobook to try out on your next commute!

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