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Essential Vocabulary for Life Events in Bulgarian

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What is the most defining moment you will face this year? From memories that you immortalize in a million photographs, to days you never wish to remember, one thing’s for certain: big life events change you. The great poet, Bukowski, said, “We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well, that death will tremble to take us.” The older I get, the more I agree with him!

Talking about significant events in our lives is part of every person’s journey, regardless of creed or culture. If you’re planning to stay in Bulgaria for more than a quick visit, you’re sure to need at least a few ‘life events’ phrases that you can use. After all, many of these are shared experiences, and it’s generally expected that we will show up with good manners and warm wishes.

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Table of Contents

  1. Life Events
  2. Marriage Proposal Lines
  3. Talking About Age
  4. Conclusion

1. Life Events

Do you know how to say “Happy New Year” in Bulgarian? Well, the New Year is a pretty big deal that the whole world is in on! We celebrate until midnight, make mindful resolutions, and fill the night sky with the same happy words in hundreds of languages. No doubt, then, that you’ll want to know how to say it like a local!

Big life events are not all about fun times, though. Real life happens even when you’re traveling, and certain terminology will be very helpful to know. From talking about your new job to wishing your neighbors “Merry Christmas” in Bulgarian, here at BulgarianPod101, we’ve put together just the right vocabulary and phrases for you.

1- Birthday – рожден ден (rozhden den)

If you’re like me, any excuse to bring out a pen and scribble a note is a good one. When there’s a birthday, even better: hello, handwriting!

Your Bulgarian friend will love hearing you wish them a “Happy birthday” in Bulgarian, but how much more will they appreciate a thoughtful written message? Whether you write it on their Facebook wall or buy a cute card, your effort in Bulgarian is sure to get them smiling! Write it like this:

Честит Рожден ден
Chestit Rozhden den

Older Woman Blowing Out Candles on a Birthday Cake Surrounded by Friends.

Now that you know the words, I challenge you to put them to music and sing your own “Happy birthday” song in Bulgarian! It’s not impossible to figure out even more lyrics, once you start discovering the language from scratch.

2- Buy – купувам (kupuvam)

If there’s a special occasion, you might want to buy somebody a gift. As long as you’ve checked out Bulgarian etiquette on gift-giving (do a Google search for this!), it will be a lovely gesture. If you’re not sure what to buy, how about the awesome and universally-appealing gift of language? That’s a gift that won’t stop giving!

Two Women at a Counter in a Bookstore, One Buying a Book

3- Retire – пенсионирам се (pensioniram se)

If you’re planning to expand your mind and retire in Bulgaria, you can use this word to tell people why you seem to be on a perpetual vacation!

Retirement is also a great time to learn a new language, don’t you think? And you don’t have to do it alone! These days it’s possible to connect to a vibrant learning community at the click of a button. The added benefit of a Daily Dose of Language is that it keeps your brain cells alive and curious about the world. After all, it’s never too late to realize those long-ignored dreams of traveling the globe…

4- Graduation – дипломиране (diplomirane)

When attending a graduation ceremony in Bulgaria, be prepared for a lot of formal language! It will be a great opportunity to listen carefully and see if you can pick up differences from the everyday Bulgarian you hear.

Lecturer or University Dean Congratulating and Handing Over Graduation Certificate to a Young Man on Graduation Day.

5- Promotion – повишение (povishenie)

Next to vacation time, receiving a promotion is the one career highlight almost everyone looks forward to. And why wouldn’t you? Sure, it means more responsibility, but it also means more money and benefits and – the part I love most – a change of scenery! Even something as simple as looking out a new office window would boost my mood.

6- Anniversary – годишнина (godishnina)

Some anniversaries we anticipate with excitement, others with apprehension. They are days marking significant events in our lives that can be shared with just one person, or with a whole nation. Whether it’s a special day for you and a loved one, or for someone else you know, this word is crucial to know if you want to wish them a happy anniversary in Bulgarian.

7- Funeral – погребение (pogrebenie)

We tend to be uncomfortable talking about funerals in the west, but it’s an important conversation for families to have. Around the world, there are many different customs and rituals for saying goodbye to deceased loved ones – some vastly different to our own. When traveling in Bulgaria, if you happen to find yourself the unwitting observer of a funeral, take a quiet moment to appreciate the cultural ethos; even this can be an enriching experience for you.

8- Travel – пътувам (patuvam)

Travel – my favorite thing to do! Everything about the experience is thrilling and the best cure for boredom, depression, and uncertainty about your future. You will surely be forever changed, fellow traveler! But you already know this, don’t you? Well, now that you’re on the road to total Bulgarian immersion, I hope you’ve downloaded our IOS apps and have your Nook Book handy to keep yourself entertained on those long bus rides.

Young Female Tourist with a Backpack Taking a Photo of the Arc de Triomphe

9- Graduate – завършвам (zavarshvam)

If you have yet to graduate from university, will you be job-hunting in Bulgaria afterward? Forward-looking companies sometimes recruit talented students who are still in their final year. Of course, you could also do your final year abroad as an international student – an amazing experience if you’d love to be intellectually challenged and make a rainbow of foreign friends!

10- Wedding – сватба (svatba)

One of the most-loved traditions that humans have thought up, which you’ll encounter anywhere in the world, is a wedding. With all that romance in the air and months spent on preparations, a wedding is typically a feel-good affair. Two people pledge their eternal love to each other, ladies cry, single men look around for potential partners, and everybody has a happy day of merrymaking.

Ah, but how diverse we are in our expression of love! You will find more wedding traditions around the world than you can possibly imagine. From reciting love quotes to marrying a tree, the options leave no excuse to be boring!

Married Couple During Reception, Sitting at Their Table While a Young Man Gives a Wedding Speech

11- Move – премествам се (premestvam se)

I love Bulgaria, but I’m a nomad and tend to move around a lot, even within one country. What are the biggest emotions you typically feel when moving house? The experts say moving is a highly stressful event, but I think that depends on the circumstances. Transitional periods in our lives are physically and mentally demanding, but changing your environment is also an exciting adventure that promises new tomorrows!

12- Be born – роден (roden)

I was not born in 1993, nor was I born in Asia. I was born in the same year as Aishwarya Rai, Akon, and Monica Lewinsky, and on the same continent as Freddy Mercury. When and where were you born? More importantly – can you say it in Bulgarian?

13- Get a job – намирам работа (namiram rabota)

The thought of looking for a job in a new country can be daunting, but English speakers are in great demand in Bulgaria – you just have to do some research, make a few friends and get out there! Also, arming yourself with a few Bulgarian introductions that you can both say and write will give you a confidence boost. For example, can you write your name in Bulgarian?

Group of People in Gear that Represent a Number of Occupations.

14- Die – умирам (umiram)

Death is a universal experience and the final curtain on all other life events. How important is it, then, to fully live before we die? If all you have is a passport, a bucket list, and a willingness to learn some lingo, you can manifest those dreams!

15- Home – дом (dom)

If home is where the heart is, then my home is on a jungle island completely surrounded by the turquoise ocean. Right now, though, home is an isolation room with a view of half a dry palm tree and a tangle of telephone wires.

If you’re traveling to Bulgaria for an extended stay, you’ll soon be moving into a new home quite unlike anything you’ve experienced before!

Large, Double-Story House with Lit Windows.

16- Job – работа (rabota)

What job do you do? Does it allow you much time for travel, or for working on this fascinating language that has (so rightfully) grabbed your attention? Whatever your job, you are no doubt contributing to society in a unique way. If you’re doing what you love, you’re already on the road to your dream. If not, just remember that every single task is one more skill to add to your arsenal. With that attitude, your dream job is coming!

17- Birth – раждане (razhdane)

Random question: do you know the birth rate of Bulgaria?

If you’re lucky enough to be invited to see a friend’s baby just after they are born, you’ll have all my respect and all my envy. There is nothing cuter! Depending on which part of the country you’re in, you may find yourself bearing witness to some pretty unexpected birth customs. Enjoy this privilege!

Crying Newborn Baby Held By a Doctor or Nurse in a Hospital Theatre

18- Engaged – сгодявам се (sgodyavam se)

EE Cummings said, “Lovers alone wear sunlight,” and I think that’s most true at the moment she says “yes.” Getting engaged is something young girls dream of with stars in their eyes, and it truly is a magical experience – from the proposal, to wearing an engagement ring, to the big reveal!

In the world of Instagram, there’s no end to the antics as imaginative couples try more and more outrageous ways to share their engagement with the world. I love an airport flashmob, myself, but I’d rather be proposed to on a secluded beach – salt, sand, and all!

Engagement customs around the world vary greatly, and Bulgaria is no exception when it comes to interesting traditions. Learning their unique romantic ways will inspire you for when your turn comes.

Speaking of romance, do you know how to say “Happy Valentine’s Day” in Bulgarian?

19- Marry – женя (zhenya)

The one you marry will be the gem on a shore full of pebbles. They will be the one who truly mirrors your affection, shares your visions for the future, and wants all of you – the good, the bad and the inexplicable.

From thinking up a one-of-a-kind wedding, to having children, to growing old together, finding a twin flame to share life with is quite an accomplishment! Speaking of which…

2. Marriage Proposal Lines

Marriage Proposal Lines

Ah, that heart-stopping moment when your true love gets down on one knee to ask for your hand in marriage, breathlessly hoping that you’ll say “Yes!” If you haven’t experienced that – well, it feels pretty darn good, is all I can say! If you’re the one doing the asking, though, you’ve probably had weeks of insomnia agonizing over the perfect time, location and words to use.

Man on His Knee Proposing to a Woman on a Bridge.

How much more care should be taken if your love is from a different culture to yours? Well, by now you know her so well, that most of it should be easy to figure out. As long as you’ve considered her personal commitment to tradition, all you really need is a few words from the heart. Are you brave enough to say them in Bulgarian?

3. Talking About Age

Talking about Age

Part of the wonder of learning a new language is having the ability to strike up simple conversations with strangers. Asking about age in this context feels natural, as your intention is to practice friendly phrases – just be mindful of their point of view!

When I was 22, I loved being asked my age. Nowadays, if someone asks, I say, “Well, I’ve just started my fifth cat life.” Let them ponder that for a while.

In Bulgaria, it’s generally not desirable to ask an older woman her age for no good reason, but chatting about age with your peers is perfectly normal. Besides, you have to mention your birthday if you want to be thrown a birthday party!

4. Conclusion

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Talk About the Weather in Bulgarian Like a Native

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Did you know that every minute of the day, one billion tons of rain falls on the earth? Hard to believe, considering the climate crisis! Of course, all that rain is not equally shared across the planet.

So, would you mention this fascinating fact to your new Bulgarian acquaintance? Well, small talk about local weather is actually a great conversation-starter. Everyone cares about the weather and you’re sure to hear a few interesting opinions! Seasons can be quite unpredictable these days and nobody knows the peculiarities of a region better than the locals.

BulgarianPod101 will equip you with all the weather vocabulary you need to plan your next adventure. The weather can even be an important discussion that influences your adventure plans. After all, you wouldn’t want to get caught on an inflatable boat with a two-horsepower motor in Hurricane Horrendous!

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Table of Contents

  1. Talking about the weather in Bulgaria
  2. Words for the first day of spring
  3. Do You Know the Essential Summer Vocabulary?
  4. Must-Know Autumn vocabulary
  5. Winter
  6. BulgarianPod101 can prepare you for any season.

1. Talking about the weather in Bulgaria

Talking About Weather

If you’re like me, your day’s activity plan is likely to begin with a strong local coffee and a chat about what the sky is doing. After all, being prepared could be the difference between an amazing day and a miserable one! Luckily, it’s not difficult to comment on Bulgarian weather – just start with these simple words and phrases.

1- The rain is falling on the street – Дъждът пада на улицата (Dazhdat pada na ulitsata).

Watercolor artists, take out your paints! You might not be able to venture out on foot today, but just embrace the rain as part of your Bulgarian experience. When the rain stops, the air will be clean and colours vibrant.

2- The snow has covered everything – Снегът покрива всичко (Snegat pokriva vsichko).

A fresh blanket of snow is irresistibly beautiful. Pull on your boots and beanie, and leave your tracks in this foreign landscape. Don’t resist the urge to build a snowman – you need this!

3- Fluffy cloud – пухкав облак (puhkav oblak)

When you’re waiting for a warm beach day, fluffy white clouds in a blue sky are a good sign. Don’t forget your sunscreen, as clouds will intensify the UV rays hitting your skin.

Fluffy White Cloud in Clear Blue Sky

4- The water froze on the glass – Водата замръзна на стъклото (Vodata zamrazna na stakloto).

Night temperatures can get chilly and might freeze the condensation on your windows. A good way to clear them up is with warm salt water.

5- The heavy rain could cause flash flooding – Този порой може да причини светкавично наводнение (Tozi poroy mozhe da prichini svetkavichno navodnenie).

If you’re visiting Bulgaria in the wet season, it’s important to stay informed when heavy rain sets in, so keep an eye on the weather radar. Avoid river activities and rather spend this time making a home-cooked meal and brushing up on your Bulgarian weather words.

Heavy Rain in a Park

6- Flood – наводнение (navodnenie)

If you do get caught in a flood, your destination should no longer be ‘home’, but the nearest high ground.

7- The typhoon has hit – Тайфунът удари (Tayfunat udari).

Not all countries experience typhoons, but you need to know when to prepare for one! It will be very scary if you’ve never experienced one before. Your local neighbours are the best people to advise you on where to take shelter, as they’ve been doing it for generations. Be sure to get the low-down at the first sign of rough weather!

8- Check the weather report before going sailing – Провери прогнозата за времето преди да отплаваш (Proveri prognozata za vremeto predi da otplavash).

When planning an outdoor activity, especially on a body of water, always be prepared for a change in the weather. Ask your hotel receptionist or neighbour where you can get a reliable daily weather report, and don’t forget your sweater!

Two Men on Sailboat

9- Today’s weather is sunny with occasional clouds – Времето днес е слънчево с краткотрайни облаци (Vremeto dnes e slanchevo s kratkotrayni oblatsi).

Sunny weather is the dream when traveling in Bulgaria! Wake up early, pack the hats and sunblock and go and experience the terrain, sights and beautiful spots. You’ll be rewarded with happy vibes all around.

10- A rainy day – дъждовен ден (dazhdoven den)

Remember when you said you’d save the Bulgarian podcasts for a rainy day? Now’s that day!

11- Scenic rainbow – живописна дъга (zhivopisna daga)

The best part about the rain is that you can look forward to your first rainbow in Bulgaria. There’s magic in that!

12- Flashes of lightning can be beautiful, but are very dangerous – Просветванията на мълнията може да са красиви, но са много опасни (Prosvetvaniyata na malniyata mozhe da sa krasivi, no sa mnogo opasni).

Lightning is one of the most fascinating weather phenomena you can witness without really being in danger – at least if you’re sensible and stay indoors! Did you know that lightning strikes the earth 40-50 times per second? Fortunately, not all countries experience heavy electric storms!

Electric Storm

13- 25 degrees Celsius – двадесет и пет градуса по Целзий (dvadeset i pet gradusa po Tselziy)

Asking a local what the outside temperature will be is another useful question for planning your day. It’s easy if you know the Bulgarian term for ‘degrees Celsius’.

14- Fahrenheit – Фаренхайт (Farenhayt)

Although the Fahrenheit system has been replaced by Celsius in almost all countries, it’s still used in the US and a few other places. Learn this word in Bulgarian in case one of your companions develops a raging fever in one of those places.

15- Today the sky is clear – Днес небето е ясно (Dnes nebeto e yasno).

Clear skies mean you’ll probably want to get the camera out and capture some nature shots – not to mention the great sunsets you’ll have later on. Twilight can lend an especially magical quality to a landscape on a clear sky day, when the light is not filtered through clouds.

Hikers on Mountain with Clear Sky

16- Light drizzle – лек ситен дъждец (lek siten dazhdets)

Days when it’s drizzling are perfect for taking in the cultural offerings of Bulgaria. You could go to the mall and watch a Bulgarian film, visit museums and art galleries, explore indoor markets or even find the nearest climbing wall. Bring an umbrella!

17- Temperature – температура (temperatura)

Because of the coronavirus, many airports are conducting temperature screening on passengers. Don’t worry though – it’s just a precaution. Your temperature might be taken with a no-touch thermometer, which measures infrared energy coming off the body.

18- Humid – влажен (vlazhen)

I love humid days, but then I’m also a water baby and I think the two go
together like summer and rain. Find a pool or a stream to cool off in – preferably in the shade!

Humidity in Tropical Forest

19- With low humidity the air feels dry – При ниска влажност въздухът се чувства сух (Pri niska vlazhnost vazduhat se chuvstva suh).

These are the best days to go walking the hills and vales. Just take at least one Bulgarian friend with you so you don’t get lost!

20- The wind is really strong – Вятърът е наистина силен (Vyatarat e naistina silen).

A strong wind blows away the air pollution and is very healthy in that respect. Just avoid the mountain trails today, unless you fancy being blown across the continent like a hot air balloon.

21- It’s windy outside – Навън е ветровито (Navan e vetrovito).

Wind! My least favourite weather condition. Of course, if you’re a kitesurfer, a windy day is what you’ve been waiting for!

Leaves and Umbrella in the Wind

22- Wet roads can ice over when the temperature falls below freezing – Мокрите пътища могат да се заледят, когато температурата падне под замръзване (Mokrite patishta mogat da se zaledyat, kogato temperaturata padne pod zamrazvane).

The roads will be dangerous in these conditions, so please don’t take chances. The ice will thaw as soon as the sun comes out, so be patient!

23- Today is very muggy – Днес е много задушно (Dnes e mnogo zadushno).

Muggy days make your skin feel sticky and sap your energy. They’re particular to high humidity. Cold shower, anyone? Ice vest? Whatever it takes to feel relief from the humidity!

24- Fog – мъгла (magla)

Not a great time to be driving, especially in unknown territory, but keep your fog lights on and drive slowly.

Fog on a Pond with Ducks

25- Hurricane – ураган (uragan)

Your new Bulgarian friends will know the signs, so grab some food and candles and prepare for a night of staying warm and chatting about wild weather in Bulgaria.

Palm Trees in a Hurricane

26- Big tornado – голямо торнадо (golyamo tornado)

If you hear these words, it will probably be obvious already that everyone is preparing for the worst! Definitely do whatever your accommodation hosts tell you to do when a tornado is expected.

27- It’s cloudy today – Днес е облачно (Dnes e oblachno).

While there won’t be any stargazing tonight, the magnificent clouds over Bulgaria will make impressive photographs. Caption them in Bulgarian to impress your friends back home!

Cloudy Weather on Beach with Beach Huts

28- Below freezing temperatures – температури под нулата (temperaturi pod nulata)

When the temperature is below freezing, why not take an Uber and go shopping for some gorgeous Bulgarian winter gear?

Woman with Winter Gear in Freezing Weather

29- Wind chill is how cold it really feels outside – Вятърното охлаждане е колко студено се чувства навън (Vyatarnoto ohlazhdane e kolko studeno se chuvstva navan).

Wind doesn’t change the ambient temperature of the air, it just changes your body temperature, so the air will feel colder to you than it actually is. Not all your Bulgarian friends will know that, though, so learn this Bulgarian phrase to sound really smart!

30- Water will freeze when the temperature falls below zero degrees celsius – Водата ще замръзне, когато температурата падне под нула градуса по Целзий (Vodata shte zamrazne, kogato temperaturata padne pod nula gradusa po Tselziy).

If you’re near a lake, frozen water is good news! Forgot your ice skates? Don’t despair – find out where you can hire some. Be cautious, though: the ice needs to be at least four inches thick for safe skating. Personally, I just slide around on frozen lakes in my boots!

Thermometer Below Freezing Point

31- Waiting to clear up – чакам да се изясни (chakam da se izyasni)

Waiting for the weather to clear up so you can go exploring is frustrating, let’s be honest. That’s why you should always travel with two things: a scintillating novel and your Bulgarian Nook Book.

32- Avoid the extreme heat – избягвам горещината (izbyagvam goreshtinata)

Is the heat trying to kill you? Unless you’re a hardened heatwave hero, definitely avoid activity, stay hydrated and drink electrolytes. Loose cotton or linen garb is the way to go!

Hand Holding a Melting Ice Cream

33- Morning frost – сутрешна слана (sutreshna slana)

Frost is water vapour that has turned to ice crystals and it happens when the earth cools so much in the night, that it gets colder than the air above it. Winter is coming!

34- Rain shower – преваляване от дъжд (prevalyavane ot dazhd)

Rain showers are typically brief downpours that drench the earth with a good drink of water.

35- In the evening it will become cloudy and cold – Привечер ще се заоблачи и ще застудее (Privecher shte se zaoblachi i shte zastudee).

When I hear this on the Bulgarian weather channel, I buy a bottle of wine (red, of course) and wood for the fireplace. A cold and cloudy evening needs its comforts!

Snow in the Park at Night

36- Severe thunderstorm – силна гръмотевична буря (silna gramotevichna burya)

Keep an eye on the Bulgarian weather maps if it looks like a big storm is coming, so you’ll be well-informed.

37- Ice has formed on the window – Образувал се е лед на прозореца (Obrazuval se e led na prozoretsa).

You could try this phrase out on the hotel’s helpful cleaning staff, or fix the problem yourself. Just add a scoop or two of salt to a spray bottle of water – that should work!

38- Large hailstones – големи парчета град (golemi parcheta grad)

As a kid, I found hail crazy exciting. Not so much now – especially if I’m on the road and large hailstones start pummeling my windscreen!

Large Hailstones on a Wooden Floor

39- Thunder – гръмотевица гръмотевица (gramotevitsa)

The rumble of rolling thunder is that low-volume, ominous background sound that goes on for some time. It’s strangely exciting if you’re safely in your hotel room; it could either suddenly clear up, or escalate to a storm.

40- Sleet – суграшица (sugrashitsa)

Sleet is tiny hard pieces of ice made from a mixture of rain and melted snow that froze. It can be messy, but doesn’t cause major damage the way hail does. Pretty cool to know this word in Bulgarian!

2. Words for the first day of spring

You know the feeling: your heart skips a beat when you wake up and spring has sprung! Spring will reward you with new blossoms everywhere, birdsong in the air, kittens being born in the neighborhood and lovely views when you hit the trails. Pack a picnic and ask a new Bulgarian friend to show you the more natural sights. Don’t forget a light sweater and a big smile. This is the perfect time to practice some Bulgarian spring words!

Spring Vocabulary

3. Do You Know the Essential Summer Vocabulary?

Summer! Who doesn’t love that word? It conjures up images of blue skies, tan skin, vacations at the beach and cruising down the coast in an Alfa Romeo, sunglasses on and the breeze in your hair. Of course, in Bulgaria there are many ways to enjoy the summer – it all depends on what you love to do. One thing’s for sure: you will have opportunities to make friends, go on picnics, sample delicious local ice-cream and maybe even learn to sing some Bulgarian songs. It’s up to you! Sail into Bulgarian summer with this summer vocab list, and you’ll blend in with ease.

Four Adults Playing on the Beach in the Sand

4. Must-Know Autumn vocabulary

Victoria Ericksen said, “If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour,” and I agree. Who can resist the beauty of fall foliage coloring the Bulgarian landscape? Birds prepare to migrate; travelers prepare to arrive for the best weather in Bulgaria.

The autumnal equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator, making day and night almost equal in length. The cool thing about this event is that the moon gets really bright – the ‘harvest moon’, as it’s traditionally known.

So, as much as the change of season brings more windy and rainy days, it also brings celebration. Whether you honor Thanksgiving, Halloween or the Moon Festival, take some time to color your vocabulary with these Bulgarian autumn words.

Autumn Phrases

5. Winter

Winter is the time the natural world slows down to rest and regroup. I’m a summer girl, but there are fabulous things about winter that I really look forward to. For one, it’s the only season I get to accessorize with my gorgeous winter gloves and snug down coat!

Then, of course, there’s ice skating, holiday decorations and bonfires. As John Steinbeck said, “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?” Get ready for the cold season with our list of essential Winter words!

Skier Sitting in the Snow

6. BulgarianPod101 can prepare you for any season.

Now that you know how to inquire and comment on the weather in Bulgaria, you
can confidently plan your weather-ready travel itinerary. How about this for an idea: the next
time you’re sitting in a Bulgarian street café, try asking someone local this question:

“Do you think the weather will stay like this for a few days?” If you loved learning these cool Bulgarian weather phrases with us, why not take it a step further and add to your repertoire? BulgarianPod101 is here to help!

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Bulgarian National TV Show Review: Make Learning Fun Again!

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These days, science says that having fun while learning is the most effective way to memorize a foreign language. This can be explained by the increased levels of oxygen, dopamine, and endorphins one experiences while being entertained. A great example of this is how little kids can learn a foreign language—or even their own—by watching their favorite cartoons. The shows on Bulgarian live TV channels can help you naturally learn Bulgarian vocabulary and figure out how to combine specific words and phrases.

Watching Bulgarian television shows for just one hour a day is enough to start seeing progress in your language skills. Even if you don’t understand all that’s said on your favorite Bulgarian TV series or shows, don’t give up! Keep watching them daily, and you’ll start to understand more and more. Using Bulgarian TV programs as an auxiliary learning method will definitely accelerate your progress.

Further, watching Bulgarian TV shows will allow you to better understand Bulgarian pop culture and society, and help you get used to hearing certain idioms!

So, are you ready to make your Bulgarian-learning experience much more fun? BulgarianPod101 can direct you to the best Bulgarian TV shows for you based on what you’re most interested in. Keep reading this Bulgarian National TV show review to find out more.

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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to the most popular Bulgarian TV shows
  2. Famous Bulgarian Humoristic Shows
  3. Popular Bulgarian Political Show
  4. Popular Bulgarian Entertainment Show
  5. Famous Bulgarian Culinary Shows
  6. Popular Bulgarian Family Show
  7. Popular Bulgarian Adventure Series
  8. Popular Bulgarian Sports Show
  9. How BulgarianPod101 can help you improve your Bulgarian language skills?

1. Introduction to the Most Popular Bulgarian TV Shows

There are multiple Bulgarian TV shows available online for you to watch based on your preferences. Choose the genre you’re most interested in, as this will allow you to get used to the specific terminology faster. When you think you’ve mastered a big portion of it, you can choose a TV show from another genre. In this article, BulgarianPod101 will provide you with suggestions for the best Bulgarian TV shows in the following genres:

  • Comedy
  • Culinary
  • Entertainment
  • Adventure
  • Political
  • Sports
  • Family
    → You can start learning Bulgarian TV vocabulary right now by studying this Bulgarian vocabulary list dedicated to World Television Day.

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2. Famous Bulgarian Comedy Shows

If you like comedies and funny TV shows, then these top TV shows in Bulgarian are just for you!

Lords of the Air

Its Bulgarian name is Господари на ефира (Gospodari na efira). This is a humorous show that’s mainly dedicated to replaying mistakes or blunders that were made on other Bulgarian TV channels. Watching this show will help you learn the difference between Bulgarian words that sound similar to each other (like paronyms), as it reveals multiple lapsuses that different television personalities have made.

Some of the famous Bulgarian comedians featured on this show include Vasil Vasilev-Zueka, Dimitar Rachkov, Ruslan Maynov, Georgi Mamalev, and Maria Ignatova.

Commonly used words and phrases in The Lords of the Air (Господари на ефира) include:

  • Гаф (Gaph) — “Boner”
  • Гафове (Gaphove) — “Boners”
  • Смях до скъсване (Smyah do skasvane) — “Laughing to tears”
  • Репортажи (Reportazhi) — “Reportages”
  • Златен скункс (Zlaten skunks) — “Golden Skunk”
    • This is a statuette given to people who made a big public blunder.
  • Бяла лястовица (Byala lyastovitsa) — “White Swallow”
    • This is a statuette given as an award to people who did something important, like saving someone’s life or winning a world competition.
  • Гледам и не вярвам на ушите си (Gledam i ne vyarvam na ushite si) — “I am watching and I can’t believe my ears.”
  • Изспортен свят (Izsporten svyat) — This is a wordplay that combines the two words “worn out” and “sports world.”
  • Адреналинки (Adrenalinki) — “Attractive Adrenaline Girls”

Ready to start watching some of the Lords of the Air series?

The Comedians

The Bulgarian TV show The Comedians, or Комиците (Komicite), is among the funniest and most popular BTV Bulgarian TV shows. Typically, it consists of jokes about popular Bulgarian people who are usually invited as special guests and as participants on the show.

This live stream Bulgarian TV show continues for one-and-a-half hours and can be watched for free online. Viewers have fun with skits, songs, dances, and special performances that allow them to improve their Bulgarian language skills. Some of the best Bulgarian actors, singers, and showmen—including Lubomir Neykov, Krustyu Lafazanov, Hristo Garbov, Ruslan Maynov, and Nencho Ilchev—participate in this show.

Commonly used words and phrases in The Comedians (Комиците) include:

  • Уважаеми зрители (Uvazhaemi zriteli) — “Dear viewers”
  • Аплодисменти (Aplodismenti) — “Applause”
  • Не превключвайте канала, дами и господа (Ne prevklyuchvayte kanala, dami i gospoda) — “Do not switch the channel, ladies and gentlemen.”
  • Започват Комиците (Zapochvat Komitsite) — “The Comedians starts”
  • Карък (Karak) — “a misfortuned person”

Why not get a taste of The Comedians series before making a decision?

Funny TV Shows

The Channel Show

Its Bulgarian name is Шоуто на Канала (Shouto na Kanala), and this is another one of the best Bulgarian comedy TV shows. It reflects both the political and public events of the previous week, presenting them in a humorous style. This show combines satire, parody, skits, funny news, funny songs, and holiday concerts performed by the show’s small orchestra.

The main actors who take part in this show are Toncho Tokmakchiev, Stefan Shterev – Checho, and Kamen Vodenicharov. Special regular guests are Martina Vachkova and Georgi Mamalev.

Commonly used words and phrases in The Channel Show (Шоуто на Канала) include:

  • Минути за поезия (Minuti za poeziya) — “Minutes for poetry”
  • До следващата ни среща (Do sledvashtata ni sreshta) — “Until our next meeting”
  • Поетично предаване (Poetichno predavane) — “Poetic telecast”
  • Има нещо вярно (Ima neshto vyarno) — “There is something true.”
  • Животът е голям човек (Zhivotat e golyam chovek) — “Life is a big man.”
  • Аз съм професор Букварски (Az sam profesor Bukvarski) — “I’m Professor Bookvarsky.”
    • From ABC Book
  • Комисията за защита на потребителя (Komisiyata za zashtita na potrebitelya) — “Consumer Protection Commission”
  • Аз съм вашият любим професор Дегустинов (Az sam vashiyat lyubim profesor Degustinov) — “I am your favorite Professor Degustinov.”
    • From Taster

Ready to experience The Channel Show for yourself?

3. A Popular Bulgarian Political Show

Watching Bulgarian political shows will not only help you expand your vocabulary, but also better understand the political situation in Bulgaria. Moreover, along with the political news and discussions, viewers can get acquainted with famous Bulgarian people.

The Slavi’s Show

Its Bulgarian name is Шоуто на Слави (Shouto na Slavi), and this was an evening TV show hosted by Slavi Trifonov, a Bulgarian singer, TV presenter, and producer. This Bulgarian TV show started at the end of 2000 and lasted until July 31, 2019. Its guests were world-popular celebrities from show business, cinema, music, sports, literature, cultural figures, and even the Bulgarian political elite.

Commonly used words and phrases in The Slavi’s Show (Шоуто на Слави) include:

  • Новинарник (Novinarnik) — a comic animated version of The Slavi’s Show short news
  • Запознай се с малките (Zapoznaiy se s malkite) — “Meet the little ones”
    • This is a section of the show featuring children.
  • Лигата на необикновените (Ligata na neobiknovenite) — “The League of the Extraordinary”
    • Celebrities sit in Slavi’s chair and have the right to host the show once.
  • Достойни за уважение (Dostoyni za uvazhenie) — “Worthy of respect”
    • These are people who have made someone’s life better.
  • Гле’й как се пра’и (Gley kak se pray) — “Look how it should be done.”
  • Нещо лично (Neshto lichno) — “Something personal”
    • Celebrities tell stories from their lives.
  • Питай Слави (Pitay Slavi) — “Ask Slavi”
  • Лице назаем (Litse nazaem) — “Borrowed face”
    • The show is hosted by celebrities who choose the topics and guests themselves.

Ready to see what The Slavi’s Show series is all about?

Political Shows

4. A Popular Bulgarian Entertainment Show

Are you more interested in general entertainment shows? Bulgarian television has a great one you’re sure to enjoy.

The Voice of Bulgaria

Its Bulgarian name is Гласът на България (Glasat na Balgariya), and this show is conducted the same way as The Voice in America. This is a TV music reality show that has three phases: Casting in the Dark, the Vocal Duels, and Live Concerts. The singers compete for the prestigious Voice of Bulgaria title.

Commonly used words and phrases in The Voice of Bulgaria (Гласът на България) include:

  • Финалист (Finalist) — “Finalist”
  • Вот на публиката (Vot na publikata) — “Audience vote”
  • Победител (Pobeditel) — “Winner”
  • Кастинг-записвания (Kasting-zapisvaniya) — “Casting recordings”
  • Жури (Zhuri) — “Jury”
  • Отбори (Otbori) — “Teams”
  • Концерт на живо (Kontsert na zhivo) — “Live concert”
  • Резултати (Rezultati) — “Results”
  • Гласуване (Glasuvane) — “Voting”
  • Честито (Chestito) — “Congratulations”

Watch some of The Voice of Bulgaria series to get a better idea of what to expect.

5. Famous Bulgarian Culinary Shows

Some people just love to learn different recipes and to impress their family with new dishes. If you like to cook, you can combine your favorite hobby with learning Bulgarian by watching the following famous Bulgarian culinary shows.

MasterChef

MasterChef, conducted in the form of a competition, became one of the most dramatic and fascinating TV shows in Bulgaria. The goal of this Bulgarian TV show is to find the best chefs in the country, so only the most talented, creative, and dedicated people with a passion for food take part in it.

This show has the power to turn amateurs into professionals, so it’s worth watching not only to learn Bulgarian culinary vocabulary but also to improve your cooking skills.

Commonly used words and phrases in MasterChef include:

  • финалистите в шоуто (finalistite v shouto) — “the finalists in the show”
  • рецепти (retsepti) — “recipes”
  • гурме ястия (gurme yastiya) — “gourmet dishes”
  • агнешки котлети (agneshki kotleti) — “lamb cutlets”
  • Титлата MasterChef на България (titlata MasterChef na Balgariya) — “The MasterChef of Bulgaria Title”

You can watch some of the MasterChef series to see what you’re in for.

Bon Apeti

Its Bulgarian name is Бон Апети (Bon Apeti). This culinary show teaches you how to apply the most modern cooking techniques in your kitchen. Moreover, in addition to learning many Bulgarian traditional dishes, you’ll be able to learn about foreign cuisines, such as Middle East pilaf, Italian Stromboli sandwich, saffron ice cream, etc. The show presenter is Ivan Zvezdev.

Commonly used words and phrases in Bon Apeti include:

  • средиземноморски вкус (sredizemnomorski vkus) — “Mediterranean taste”
  • пъстърва на фурна (pastarva na furna) — “oven-baked trout”
  • вкусни месни кюфтенца (vkusni mesni kyuftentsa) — “delicious meatballs”
  • рецепта (retsepta) — “recipe”
  • замразен грах (zamrazen grah) — “frozen peas”
  • крем супа (krem supa) — “cream soup”

Ready to get a taste of Bon Apeti?

Various Bulgarian Sweets and Chocolates

6. A Popular Bulgarian Family Show

It’s fun to watch how people choose their life partner from among multiple options. While you’re engrossed in intrigue and hope that your favorite contestant will win, you’ll learn many new Bulgarian words and phrases.

A Farmer is Looking for a Woman

Going by the Bulgarian name Фермер търси жена (Fermer tarsi zhena), this show follows several ladies as they try to win the heart of a farmer. At the end of the show, he should choose one of them to continue a relationship with. She should agree to live a country life away from the big cities and help him with all the farm work. The first show host was the famous Bulgarian actress Alexandra Sarchadzhieva.

Commonly used words and phrases in A Farmer is Looking for a Woman (Фермер търси жена) include:

  • Влюбен фермер (Vlyuben fermer) — “Farmer in love”
  • Финален избор (Finalen izbor) — “Final choice”
  • Те избраха жените, с които искат да продължат живота си (Te izbraha zhenite, s koito iskat da prodalzhat zhivota si) — “They chose the women they wanted to continue their lives with.”
  • Пътешествието на мечтите (Pateshestvieto na mechtite) — “The journey of dreams”
  • Влюбени двойки (Vlyubeni dvoyki) — “Couples in love”
  • Романтичен уикенд (Romantichen weekend) — “Romantic weekend”

See for yourself what Фермер търси жена is all about and get hooked!

7. A Popular Bulgarian Adventure Series

If you’re an adventurer who likes to travel to different countries, learn about the local culture and customs, meet new people, and see fascinating places, then you’ll definitely like watching an adventure series. Watching this kind of Bulgarian TV series will help you significantly improve your Bulgarian language skills in a variety of topics.

Without Luggage

Going by the Bulgarian name Без багаж (Bez bagazh), this series reveals different exotic places around the world. You’ll meet with the local people and learn more about their lifestyle, culture, and customs. Moreover, you’ll get to see the most exciting places, even if you don’t have the money for tickets!

Would you like to learn more about the rituals of Nkosi, South Africa, master the art of the Ndebele tribe, spend a few hours in Tokyo, or join a walking safari in Kenya? All this is possible thanks to the Bulgarian adventure series Без багаж.

Commonly used words and phrases in Без багаж include:

  • Предаване за туризъм (Predavane za turizam) — “Tourist show”
  • Добре дошли (Dobre doshli) — “Welcome”
  • Уникална религия и култура (Unikalna religiya i kultura) — “Unique religion and culture”
  • Разходка (Razhodka) — “Walk”
  • Световноизвестна туристическа дестинация (Svetovnoizvestna turisticheska destinatsiya) — “World-famous tourist destination”
  • Минали епизоди (Minali epizodi) — “Past episodes”

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8. A Popular Bulgarian Survivor Show

If you like adventures, then watching a Bulgarian survivor show or similar Bulgarian television game shows is a great option for you! Doing so will allow you to get used to some of the most common everyday Bulgarian words, as well as a few topic-specific ones.

Games of the Will

Its Bulgarian name is Игри на волята (Igri na volyata), and in this new Bulgarian TV show, you can watch how three teams compete for better living conditions, with only one of them allowed the privilege of living in luxury. The second team forms a fishing brigade to earn a livelihood, while the third team is abandoned on a deserted beach, where they have to survive without shelter and food. The daily lives of the show’s participants are a constant race with time and circumstances, so it’s very curious to see what every one of them will get in the end. The show’s host is Alexandra Sarchadzhieva.

Commonly used words and phrases in Игри на волята include:

  • Безмилостни битки (Bezmilostni bitki) — “Ruthless battles”
  • Без паника (Bez panika) — “No panic”
  • Преживяване, близко до смъртта (Prezhivyavane, blizko do smartta) — “An experience close to death”
  • Не се предавай (Ne se predavay) — “Do not give up”
  • Това трябва да се преживее (Tova tryabva da se prezhivee) — “You have to experience this yourself.”
  • Давай бързо (Davay barzo) — “Come on quickly”
  • Всеки срещу всеки (Everyone against everyone) — “Everyone against everyone”

You can watch some of the Игри на волята series here.

9. How BulgarianPod101 Can Help You Improve Your Bulgarian Language Skills

We prepared this complete Bulgarian National TV show review to help you choose your favorite of the best Bulgarian TV shows, and to help make the process of language-learning much more fun for you. BulgarianPod101 is here to help you reach your language goals and start speaking freely in Bulgarian.

If you feel like you need personal guidance in the learning process, you can always choose your Bulgarian teacher from MyTeacher. This native Bulgarian language expert will help you cope with all of the challenges you face during the learning process, and will make your Bulgarian lessons your favorite time of the week.

We’re always happy to receive your feedback, so if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the Bulgarian TV shows we listed, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment. We look forward to hearing from you and will help out the best we can!

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How to Overcome the Top 4 Bulgarian Learning Fears

Every Bulgarian learner will have these fears“I’m not good enough yet.” “I don’t think I’m making any progress.” “What if I never reach my goals?” Bulgarian learning fears – we all get them from time to time. What are yours? And are they worth being scared of?

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In this blog post, we’re killing the top 4 Bulgarian learning fears – 1) what are the fears learners tend to have the most and 2) how you can overcome them!

Here are the top 4 language learning fears according to our users:

1. “I’m not good enough to start speaking yet.”

Do you feel like you’re not good enough to start speaking yet? It’s a pretty common fear or misconception that most learners have. Here’s how you overcome it:

  • The best way to get good at speaking is to start speaking from day 1.
    So if you’re holding yourself back, because you think you’re not good enough, well, that’s exactly why you’re not good enough. You need to open your mouth and start talking!
  • If you think you’re not good enough, just learn Bulgarian lines you want to say!
    In our lessons, you get the exact phrases and scripts for introducing yourself making small talk, ordering food, expressing opinions, and much more! So if you think you’re not good enough, the lessons will give you the exact lines to say.
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    2. “I’m afraid I’ll never be fluent.”

    Many successful Bulgarian learners worried about that, only as a beginner. They started learning Bulgarian and, it’s funny because the better their Bulgarian got, the less they were worried about that. So, how can you overcome this?

  • You’ve got to set small, specific goals.
    Fluency is a big vague goal. Arguably, we don’t even speak fluent in our native language. There are over a million words and we use about 2,000 words only. So you should focus on smaller goals like being able to introduce yourself or having a 5-minute conversation. Or 10 minutes. Something you can measure so you know you reached it because you can’t really measure fluency. It’s a pretty vague goal! But you can measure small goals like having a 5-minute conversation. And as these small goals add up, you’ll be speaking very comfortably!
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    3. “I’m afraid that I’m not making any progress.”

    In other words, getting stuck. If you’re afraid you’re not making progress, there are two things you can do right now.

  • Use the dashboard to track your progress.
    If you need numbers to believe it, our dashboard tracks all the lessons you’ve completed and shows how much you’ve accomplished.
  • Try a harder lesson on the site.
    It sounds crazy and you might not understand it but you will in minutes. Our lessons come with line-by-line translations and the lesson hosts explain everything. THEN, you’ll be making progress because you now understand something you didn’t minutes ago.
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    4. “I’m afraid of not understanding anything I hear”.

    This is very common. You hear advanced grammar and vocabulary and it goes completely over your head. To beat this…

  • If you’re taking an advanced lesson, simply read along.
    Reading along with our line-by-line tool is the best way to instantly understand advanced conversations. The translations and scripts are right in front of you.
  • For real-life situations, learn useful phrases.
    Like “Can you say it more slowly?,” “Can you use simpler words?” or “I don’t understand what that meant.” There’s nothing wrong with saying that you didn’t understand something or with asking for help. And our Survival Phrases lessons cover must-know phrases like this.
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    So, these are the top 4 fears and how to overcome them. And if you want to have the perfect tools to overcome them, don’t forget to create your Free Lifetime Account at BulgarianPod101.com!