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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?

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Each year on 6 September, Bulgarians celebrate Unification Day.

3. Bulgarian Celebrations for Unification Day

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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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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!

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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
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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
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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.

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  • You send an image to your teacher that’s related to Bulgarian
  • …or you complete a weekly writing task

Then, you send it over. Your BulgarianPod101 teacher checks it. Approves it.

Ding! You get a new achievement badge for your hard work. It’s your mark of progress. It definitely sends a burst of Bulgarian learning motivation into your brain!

What does this mean? It’s proof that your Bulgarian is improving, as confirmed by a real Bulgarian teacher. Real proof that you’re well on your way to mastering the language. And it’s an awesome way to stay confident and motivated in your learning journey.

It also means achievement badges are now available at BulgarianPod101. You’re learning Bulgarian. You deserve recognition and motivation. So, if you’re a Premium PLUS member, you can now unlock badges as you level up your Bulgarian. Your Premium PLUS teacher will give out badges as you complete new assignments!

Click here to visit My Teacher at BulgarianPod101!
(For Premium PLUS users: Complete assignments and get badges from your teacher)

New Feature! Level Up Your Bulgarian and Earn Badges with 1-on-1 Learning

Listeners, this is something many of you have been asking for.

Alright, how does this work and how can you unlock badges?
BulgarianPod101 Badges are currently available to Premium PLUS subscribers. Don’t worry, more are on the way for other users! Here’s how it works!

With Premium PLUS, you learn with your own Teacher. You stay in 1-on-1 contact via My Teacher – whether the mobile app or directly on the BulgarianPod101 site.

Your teacher gives you Bulgarian assignments. That’s right, you’re not learning alone! You get various assignments. Your teacher will correct your Bulgarian and give feedback. You can do this via text or audio or video recordings.

And you earn badges for completing assignments – from your teacher. This is how you know you’re mastering Bulgarian.

You’re getting feedback from the one person that knows best.

A real Bulgarian teacher.

Find your unlocked badges in My Account. Once you’re there, go to the “My Report” Tab and click on “Your Badges.” So, if you’re a Premium PLUS user, get in touch with your teacher on BulgarianPod101. Then, start earning badges and leveling up your Bulgarian.

Click here to see your badges inside My Account!
(For Premium PLUS users only)

If you’re new, you might be asking “What’s Premium PLUS?”
Premium PLUS combines 1-on-1 learning with your own teacher PLUS our learning system. You get the best of both worlds – unlimited BulgarianPod101 Premium access, which includes 440+ audio and video lessons, PDF lesson notes, study tools and more – plus, you get a teacher who creates a personalized learning plan and guides you along the way.

If you want to unlock Premium PLUS at 30% OFF, take advantage of our discount. Click on the link below. This quick discount ends October 2nd, 2015!

To earning badges and learning Bulgarian!

Team BulgarianPod101

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5 Tips To Motivate Yourself While Learning A Second Language

5 Tips to Motivate Yourself

1. Schedule your time.

One of the most important factors in keeping your motivation up is developing it into a habit. Whether it be 20 minutes or 3 hours, schedule time to study every day and stick to it. Regular exposure solidifies what you learn and keeps you progressing. To make sure you stick to your routine, a great idea is to build a schedule for your day and decide that every day/Monday/weekend, you study from 6pm to 8pm. Just remember that 30 minutes a day, every day, is better than a binge 8-hour study session at the end of the week (though it’s obviously better than nothing).

2. Learn a word a day with our great Word of the Day learning tool.

Trying to learn everything at once and getting overwhelmed by the sheer number of words in your new language is not a good idea. Sometimes, even if you do learn new words, you forget them quickly because you haven’t heard them enough in context. As mentioned above, daily exposure to new words is an important factor in solidifying your target language. Our Word of the Day tool delivers you daily words and phrases, shows you how to pronounce them and use them in different contexts. Since you can get the WOTD via email, Facebook, or Twitter, this is a passive way of learning a language that fits into your existing daily social media routine. It only takes 3 minutes to review a word and practice its pronunciation, so you can do it on the way to work, in the gym, or even before you go to bed.

Click here to get the Bulgarian Word of the Day for FREE!

3. Make friends!

Make friends!

If there’s a community of people who speak the language you want to learn in your city, start attending those events! Friendship is the easiest way to get comfortable with the slang, intonation, and mannerisms of a new language. The key to learning any language is speaking a lot, so try to find a native speaker who can be your conversation partner. Having friends that speak your target language means that you will find yourself in situations where you have no choice but to speak that language. But since they are your friends, you will be doing things you enjoy with them. So these situations will probably have little or no stress. These friendships will also mean that you have someone you can ask about language, culture, and so on.

4. Take a break!

Break time

If you’re having an off day or if your brain is already tired of studying, see if you can take a break and do something fun AND useful. Comic books, illustrated stories, and cartoons are a fun way to keep learning while reducing the target language text load for weary eyes. Plus, the images help you plant lasting seeds of memory, as researchers say humor opens up cognitive doors. This is a way to keep the target language active in your brain without the strain of studying a textbook.

Don’t get stuck with the same content though. When things start to bore you, move on. Change up your books, movies, anime, music, dramas, and so on when they start getting old.

5. Don’t give up!

As with any goal, there are going to be pitfalls along the way. You’d have to be incredibly determined to never have an off-day or consider giving up. And when you do it’s ok, but the important thing is to pick yourself up after this temporary setback and keep going. Knowing you’ve overcome a few obstacles is only going to make the moment you have your first conversation in another language that much sweeter. Like the Bulgarian proverb says, ‘Fall down seven times, stand up eight.’

If you need more motivation, check out this list of the Top 10 Inspirational Quotes in Bulgarian.

New App Update! Get The Newest Bulgarian Lessons For Free No Matter Where You Are

New update! Click here to download Innovative Language 101 for free!

Hello Listener,

Did you know that every new BulgarianPod101 lesson is yours free?

Fact: All new lessons are open to everyone for 3 weeks after the publish date. This is one of the major benefits of the Free Lifetime Account. Just sit back and learn. High-quality Bulgarian audio and video lessons come out every week.

But here’s what’s new…
You now get the newest lessons on your mobile device, anywhere, anytime!

New update! Click here to download Innovative Language 101 for free!

New update! Click here to download Innovative Language 101 for free!

Users requested this. We listened. Innovative Language 101 for the iPhone, iPad and Androidthe App that gives you your lessons on the go – has an awesome new update: Newest Lessons.

If you’re learning Bulgarian and want to get all new lessons all the time, you absolutely can’t miss out on this. With this update, you get:

  • Access to lessons from the past 3 weeks
  • Access to every single new lesson that comes out
  • …and you can download them to your device for extra study!

When you log in to the App, simply tap on the “Newest Lessons” icon for all the latest and greatest lessons. Every time a lesson is published, you will find it here. High-quality Bulgarian audio and video lessons come out every week.

New update! Click here to download Innovative Language 101 for free!

Remember: Every new BulgarianPod101 lesson is yours free. This a major benefit of the Free Lifetime Account. New lessons are open to everyone for 3 weeks after the publish date. High-quality Bulgarian audio and video lessons come out every week.

If you run into any bugs or issues with this new update, feel free to send us a quick email at mobileapps@innovativelanguage.com.

To new free Bulgarian lessons for life,

Team BulgarianPod101

P.S. Want to unlock the entire BulgarianPod101 learning system? That’s 80+ hours of lessons from Beginner to Advanced – that you can take on the go – exclusive Apps, Progress Tracking, Premium Study Tools, Feedback from Teachers and much more! Simply upgrade to Basic, Premium or Premium PLUS for more access.

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Bundle Up With 28% Savings + Get A Free Bulgarian Audiobook

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Hello Listener,

Your mom said it all winter. We say it. And top Bulgarian learners agree.

When your Bulgarian gets cold…and your progress gets snowed in..

Bundle Up with BulgarianPod101! Get 28% OFF Basic or Premium AND a FREE Bulgarian Audiobook. That’s a 2-for-1 deal so you conquer more Bulgarian material and speak more Bulgarian! With Premium, that’s as low as $7.20/month or $0.24/day!

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Bundle Up With Premium And Get Unlimited BulgarianPod101 Access!
What’s unlimited access? It’s over 70 hours of conversational Bulgarian lessons that our users love. In-depth PDF lesson notes that come with every lesson. The Premium study tools to cut your Bulgarian study time in half! And Apps so you can learn on the go!

Here’s what’s Bundled in your Premium subscription:

  • Tons of Bulgarian Lessons: 380+ Audio & Video Lessons
  • PDF Lesson Notes for Each Lesson to Read Along With
  • Exclusive Access on Your iPhone, iPad or Android
  • Instructor Feedback & Comments on Each Lesson
  • See & Measure Your Bulgarian Progress with the Dashboard
  • Dashboard Learning Guidance Based On Your Learning Level
  • Bulgarian ONLY Tracks & Line by Line Dialog Breakdown
  • Full Audio Transcripts & Review Tracks
  • Lesson Review Quizzes for Extra Practice
  • Smart Flashcards To Master Words You Don’t Remember
  • 2,000 Top Bulgarian Words List
  • Word Bank to Store Your Key Vocab & Review
  • Voice Recording Tools to Perfect your Bulgarian Pronunciation
  • 24/7 Access via Any Media Device with Internet Access
  • Season Vocabulary Lists To Review All Vocab From Lessons
  • Custom Lists App to Create Your Own Bulgarian Word Lists
  • …and more!

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Or Go Basic – Just the Bulgarian Lessons and Notes!
With Basic, the most affordable plan, you get just the lessons and lesson notes! Start speaking from the first lesson as our Bulgarian hosts explain it all – conversation, vocabulary, grammar and culture. Get the Basics of BulgarianPod101 for as low as $2.88/month.

And Don’t Forget Your FREE Bulgarian Audiobook!
Get the best of both worlds! Real-life conversation and the in-depth explanations of a textbook! Listen to over 6.5 hours of lessons and read along with 200+ pages. You’ll get your Free Audiobook instantly when you upgrade, inside in the welcome email.

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Joining is 100% risk-free! Remember, every subscription is backed by a 60-day money-back guarantee.You have two full months to explore every lesson and feature. And if you’re unsatisfied with your Bulgarian progress within that time, simply email us for a refund. No hassles. No questions asked.

To Your Bulgarian Fluency,
Team BulgarianPod101

P.S. Bundle up your Bulgarian and double up your effort. Get a FREE Bulgarian Audiobook with any BulgarianPod101 subscription! Premium is as low as as $7.20/month or $0.24/day until February 27th, 2015!

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December Newsletter: Year in Review & 3 Bulgarian New Year’s Gifts Inside

Click Here To Get Your Gifts!

Hello Listener,

The year’s about to come to a close. While you were improving your Bulgarian, we were busy churning out great new updates, features and lessons. 2014 was a fantastic time to learn language with us.

Here are a few reasons why:

  • 3,343+ New Lessons spanning over 31 languages published this year.
  • 300 Million Lesson Downloads across all sites, since our start in 2005.
  • 2 New Language Learning Sites: CzechClass & DanishClass101. That’s a total of 31 languages you can learn with Innovative Language.
  • Innovative Language 101 App launched for the Android, iPhone, iPad & Kindle Fire so you can learn Bulgarian on the go.
  • New Features: Vocab Lists, Season Vocabulary & Premium PLUS My Teacher tool for 1-on-1 Bulgarian learning at BulgarianPod101.

As our final thank you to you, dear listener, we’ve included 3 gifts inside this December Newsletter: a New Year’s video lesson, a Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions in Bulgarian phrase list and the Newly upgraded Core Word Lists.


Click here to get your 3 New Year’s Gifts from BulgarianPod101!

Click Here To Get Your Gifts!

Thank you for learning Bulgarian the fast, fun and easy way in 2014. Starting in January 2015, we have EVEN MORE free lessons, gifts, giveaways and new features for you.

From all of us at BulgarianPod101 and Innovative Language Learning – including our lesson writers, hosts, teachers, editors, customer care representatives and technical staff – we wish you and your family a safe, happy and healthy New Year!

Thanks for reading,

Peter Galante, Founder, and the Innovative Language Team

P.S. New lessons begin on Monday, January 5th, 2015!

Happy New Year! Click here to get your New Year’s Gifts from BulgarianPod101!