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Table of Contents

  1. Common Ways to Say Sorry in Bulgarian
  2. How To Refuse Something Politely in Bulgarian
  3. Audio Lesson - Survival Phrases “How to Say Sorry”
  4. Why You Will NOT Be Sorry For Learning Bulgarian through BulgarianPod101


1. Common Ways to Say Sorry in Bulgarian

3 Ways to Say Sorry

Nobody’s perfect, not anywhere in the world. Everybody makes mistakes, and does and says regrettable things. Then it’s time to apologize, as saying ‘I’m sorry’ is not in vain. It can be very healing! Did you know that hearing a sincerely-meant apology can have a noticeable effect on a person’s body? Research has shown that it slows down breathing and heart rate, and even causes a drop in blood pressure.

Sometimes we cannot fix what’s broken, but we can make the experience a bit easier for anyone who suffered on account of our thoughtless actions or words.

Here are a number of ways to say sorry in Bulgarian. In any language, just make sure you really mean it! An insincere apology will not go down well with anyone.

Woman Apologizing

Съжалявам (Sazhalyavam)
I’m Sorry

These words should precede anything else you have to say. Use them sincerely and whenever you are clearly in the wrong. Acknowledging your guilt and apologizing for any wrongdoing will lift your spirits too! Often, remorse can eat away at us, and a simple ‘I’m sorry’, in Bulgarian or any other language, can open the door for forgiveness and resolution of a bad situation. It can be a true gift!

Бих искал да се извиня (Bih iskal da se izvinya).
I would like to apologize.

This is a slightly more formal way to say ‘I’m sorry’ in Bulgarian. Use this phrase if you’re addressing your superiors and/or elders.

Искрено се извинявам (Iskreno se izvinyavam).
I sincerely apologize.

If you feel strongly about your apology, this is another slightly more formal phrase to use. Keep it handy for graver errors, or you might come across as insincere!

Няма да се повтори (Nyama da se povtori).
I won’t do it again.

A promise you can only make if you intend to keep it! Few things feel as bad as having to hear repeated apologies from someone for the same behavior - it means the ‘sorry’ is not sincere. Don’t be that person!

Ще се постарая да не правя същата грешка отново (Shte se postaraya da ne pravya sashtata greshka otnovo).
I’ll make sure not to make this mistake again.

A beautifully strong phrase! Again, say this only if you mean it - not just in the moment, but always! A bit more formal, this is an especially good phrase to use when apologizing to superiors and/or elders. It will make an especially good impression at the workplace, where accountability is an excellent quality to display!

Не исках да се получи така (Ne iskah da se poluchi taka).
I didn’t mean that.

This is a tricky one… What did you mean, then?! Clear up any confusion with sincerity. Also, use this phrase only if the harm done or mistake made was due to an accident, and then admit to thoughtlessness on your part, if appropriate.

Вината е моя (Vinata e moya).
It’s my fault.

If the fault is really yours, own up to it. You will gain respect in the eyes of others! However, don’t take the blame when it’s not truly yours. It won’t be good for you, and ultimately you will not be respected much for it.

Съжалявам за това, че съм такъв егоист (Sazhalyavam za tova, che sam takav egoist).
I’m sorry for being selfish.

This is a good phrase to keep handy, especially for your close relationships. It is difficult to admit you’re selfish, isn’t it?! However, it’s good to know when to be honest. We get used to our loved ones, which often means we forget that they need our good manners and unselfish behavior just as much as strangers do.

Надявам се, че ми прощаваш (Nadyavam se, che mi proshtavash).
I hope you will forgive me.

This is a polite and gentle wish that can smooth over many harsh feelings. It also shows that the other person’s opinion and forgiveness are important to you.

Аз поемем пълната отговорност (Az poemem palnata otgovornost).
I take full responsibility.

This strong statement is similar to admitting that an error or transgression was your fault. It speaks of courage and the willingness to take remedial action. Good one to use…if you mean it!

Не трябваше да постъпвам така (Ne tryabvashe da postapvam taka).
I shouldn’t have done it.

This phrase is fine to use if you did or said something wrong. It shows, to an extent, your regret for having done or said what you did, and demonstrates that you understand your role in the mistake.

Съжалявам, че ти връщам късно парите (Sazhalyavam, che ti vrashtam kasno parite).
Sorry for giving your money back late.

It’s rotten to have to loan money! Yet, it’s equally rotten to have to ask for the repayment of a loan. So, do your best not to pay late in the first place, but if it can’t be helped, this would be a good phrase to use!

Моля те, не ми се сърди (Molya te, ne mi se sardi).
Please don’t be mad at me.

Well, this is not a very advisable phrase to use if you are clearly in the wrong. If someone is justifiably angry with you, asking them not to be mad at you would be an unfair expectation. However, if you did something wrong by accident, and if the consequences were not too serious, this request would be OK.

Извинявам се за закъснението (Izvinyavam se za zakasnenieto).
Sorry I’m late.

Punctuality is valued in most situations, but if you really cannot help being late, then apologize! This way you show respect for your host, and win their approval.

Извинявам се, че се държах така лошо с теб (Izvinyavam se, che se darzhah taka losho s teb.
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I apologize for being mean to you.

Acknowledging your own meanness towards someone is no small thing, so good for you! Use this apology only if your intention is to seriously address your mean tendencies, or these words could become meaningless over time.


2. How To Refuse Something Politely in Bulgarian

Woman Refusing

Congratulations! Now you know how to apologize in Bulgarian! After you have apologized for a mistake, focus on fixing whatever you can, and don’t punish yourself over something that cannot be taken back or reversed. That’s healthy for you! Regret can eat away at the soul, and even destroy it. It is ultimately a useless emotion if it consumes you.

However, in language, we use apologies not only when we’ve transgressed or made mistakes. They come in handy in other situations too, when there has been no wrongdoing. Sometimes we need to express regret for having to refuse a gift, an offer, or an invitation. This can be somewhat tricky. Learn from specialists at BulgarianPod101 about how to use the correct Bulgarian words for this kind of ‘sorry’!


3. Survival Phrases “How to Say Sorry”

Say Sorry

On the run and need a quick lesson on how to say sorry in Bulgarian? Don’t fret, just listen and repeat! Click here for a recorded short lesson and learn how to give the perfect apology, with perfect pronunciation in Bulgarian. A little can go a long way, and you will sound like a native!


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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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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?

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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

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Introducing Yourself: Learn “My Name is,” in Bulgarian & More

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Good communication starts with introducing yourself the right way. If you want to start interacting with Bulgarian people, start a new job in Bulgaria, or simply be well-accepted in the company of Bulgarian friends, remove all the barriers and start the conversation in Bulgarian. Where to start?

Let’s begin with a simple “Hello, my name is…” in Bulgarian. Ready? With BulgarianPod101.com, it’s much easier than you think! Learn how to introduce yourself in Bulgarian today.

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Table of Contents

  1. How to Start
  2. Identifying Yourself
  3. Placing Yourself in Society
  4. Introducing Your Family
  5. Sharing Personal Details
  6. Exercise: Example of a good conversation starter in Bulgarian
  7. Conclusion


1. How to Start

Introducing Yourself

One of the most important words in Bulgarian to introduce yourself is “hello.”

Informal situations

In an informal situation, you can just start with Здравей (Zdravey) or Здрасти (Zdrasti), when speaking to one person. When introducing yourself to more people, use Здравейте (Zdraveyte). All of these words mean “Hello” or “Hi.”

Formal situations

To introduce yourself in Bulgarian in formal situations, it’s good to start either with Здравейте (Zdraveyte), meaning “Hello,” which is perfectly okay. But you can also start off with:

  • Добро утро (Dobro utro) — Good morning
  • Добър ден (Dobеr den) — Good afternoon
  • Добър вечер (Dobеr vecher) — Good evening

You can add to this initial greeting:

  • Разрешете да се представя (Razreshete da se predstavya) — Let me introduce myself.

That way, you’ll grab everyone’s attention. And now, it’s time to tell about yourself in Bulgarian.


2. Identifying Yourself

1- What’s your name?

First Encounter

So let’s start with “My name is…” in Bulgarian. Below is the informal way of introducing yourself in Bulgarian. Put your first name, or even your nickname, in place of the dots and start practicing right away!

  • Казвам се… (Kazvam se…) — My name is…

In an informal conversation, you can give people your preferred name, what you want other people to call you. For example, if your name is Alexander, but you prefer to be called Alex, just say:

  • Казвам се Алекс. (Kazvam se Alex.) — My name is Alex.

This phrase is usually accompanied by a handshake, which shows the beginning of an eventual friendship. Then, you can ask your interlocutor to introduce himself/herself:

  • А ти как се казваш? (A ti kak se kazvash?) — And what’s your name?

Or

  • A как е твоето име? (A kak e tvoeto ime?) — And what’s your name?

The formal way of introducing yourself in Bulgarian is with the same Bulgarian phrase, but instead of placing your first name or nickname, give your full name.

  • Казвам се Александър Уайт. (Kazvam se Alexander White.) — My name is Alexander White.

If your interlocutor has introduced himself first and has reached out his hand for a handshake, you’re expected to reply “Nice to meet you,” in Bulgarian:

  • Много ми е приятно. Казвам се … (Mnogo mi e priyatno. Kazvam se…) — Nice to meet you. My name is…

In the place of dots, put your name. Again, if you’re in an informal situation, give your first name. If you’re having a formal conversation, say your full name.

If you’re eager to learn the Bulgarian words list for introducing yourself, you can find it on this page.

2- Age

In Bulgarian, it’s considered rude to ask about someone’s age during the first conversation, especially if you’re talking to a girl or woman. It’s safest to skip this topic and go ahead with the next one.

3- Nationality

Bulgarian Countries

Bulgarians are curious, so they’ll definitely want to know where you’re from? Learn how to recognize this question and how to reply with “I am from,” in Bulgarian:

  • Откъде си? (Otkade si?) — Where are you from?

For a formal situation:

  • Откъде сте? (Otkade ste?) — Where are you from?

To reply, just place your country in place of the dots.

  • Аз съм от… (Az sam ot…) — I am from…

You can use this list of country names in Bulgarian.

Flags of Many Countries

Another way to answer that question is by saying your nationality. The ending of the nationality word depends on whether you’re a woman or a man. Let’s consider both cases.

If the speaker is a man:

  • Аз съм американец. (Az sam amerikanets) — I am American.
  • Аз съм японец. (Az sam yaponets) — I am Japanese.
  • Аз съм китаец. (Az sam kitayets) — I am Chinese.
  • Аз съм кореец. (Az sam koreyets) — I am Korean.
  • Аз съм руснак. (Az sam rusnak) — I am Russian.
  • Аз съм французин. (Az sam frantsuzin) — I am French.
  • Аз съм испанец. (Az sam ispanets) — I am Spanish.
  • Аз съм германец. (Az sam germanets) — I am German.

If the speaker is a woman:

  • Аз съм американка. (Az sam amerikanka) — I am American.
  • Аз съм японка. (Az sam yaponka) — I am Japanese.
  • Аз съм китайка. (Az sam kitayka) — I am Chinese.
  • Аз съм корейка. (Az sam koreyka) — I am Korean.
  • Аз съм рускиня. (Az sam ruskinya) — I am Russian.
  • Аз съм французойка. (Az sam frantsuzoyka) — I am French.
  • Аз съм испанка. (Az sam ispanka) — I am Spanish.
  • Аз съм германка. (Az sam germanka) — I am German.

Maybe you’ve noticed that unlike in English, the nationality names in Bulgarian start with a lowercase letter. The same applies for languages like английски език (angliyski ezik) or the “English language,” or български език (bulgarski ezik) or the “Bulgarian language,” Yet, the names of the countries are written with a capital letter.


3. Placing Yourself in Society

About Yourself

1- Major and/or Profession

In Bulgaria, people with important professions are considered more than ordinary people. They gain more respect and interest, so it’s highly beneficial if you know how to share your major or profession with your new Bulgarian friend.

You can start your sentence with the already familiar phrase: Аз съм… (Az sam…), meaning “I am…” and put your profession at the end. Here are some examples, and you can see a list of occupations in Bulgarian here.

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  • Аз съм писател. (Az sam pisatel) — I am a writer.
  • Aз съм учител. (Az sam uchitel) — I am a teacher.
  • Аз съм програмист. (Az sam programist) — I am a programmer.
  • Аз съм строител. (Az sam stroitel) — I am a builder.

2- Where do you work?

Usually, when you introduce your profession, the next question will be:

  • Къде работиш? (Kade rabotish) — Where do you work? [informal]
  • Къде работите? (Kade rabotite) — Where do you work? [formal]

Your answer could be one of the following:

  • Работя във фирма. (Rabotya vav firma) — I work in a company.
  • Работа в офис. (Rabotya v ofis) — I work in an office.
  • Работя в магазин. (Rabotya v magazin) — I work in a shop. [Note that in Bulgarian, the word magazin means “shop”and NOT the English word “magazine.”]
  • Работя в училище. (Rabotya v uchilishte) — I work in a school.
  • Работя от вкъщи. (Rabotyot vkashti) — I work from home.

These were Bulgarian language basics when introducing yourself. And now let’s move on with introducing your family in Bulgarian language!


4. Introducing Your Family

1- Marital status

In Bulgarian, it’s not obligatory to reveal your marital status during the first conversation in informal situations. However, if your goal is to date a Bulgarian guy or gal, then you can underline that you’re single.

If the speaker is a man:

  • Не съм женен. (Ne sam zhenen) — I’m not married.

Or

  • Не съм семеен. (Ne sam semeen) — I’m single.

If the speaker is a woman:

  • Не съм омъжена. (Ne sam omazhena) — I’m not married.

Or

  • Не съм семейна. (Ne sam semeyna) — I’m single.

Both options are fine.

On the other hand, in a formal situation, it’s good to reveal your marital status, so your boss or colleagues know you better.

If the speaker is a man:

  • Аз съм женен с две деца. (Az sam zhenen s dve detsa) — I am married with two kids.

Or

  • Аз съм семеен с две деца. (Az sam semeen s dve detsa) — I am married with two kids.

If the speaker is a woman:

  • Аз съм омъжена с едно дете. (Az sam omazhena s edno dete) — I am married with two kids.

Or

  • Аз съм семейна с едно дете. (Az sam semeyna s edno dete) — I’m single.

2- Introducing your family members

If you would like to share more information in your self-introduction in Bulgarian, it’s time to speak about your family. You can use the following basic Bulgarian sentences:

  • Аз имам брат. (Az imam brat) — I have a brother.
  • Аз имам сестра. (Az imam sestra) — I have a sister.
  • Аз имам брат и сестра. (Az imam brat i sestra) — I have a brother and a sister.
  • Аз имам по-голям брат и по-малка сестра. (Az imam po-golyam brat i po-malka sestra) — I have an older brother and a younger sister.
  • Аз имам по-голяма сестра и по-малък брат. (Az imam po-golyama sestra i po-malak brat) — I have an older sister and a younger brother.
  • Моят баща е… (Moyat bashta e…) — My father is … [In place of the dots, place your father’s profession or nationality.]
  • Моята майка е…(Moyata mayka e…) — My mother is … [In place of the dots, place your mother’s profession or nationality.]

3- Introducing your family members when they’re present

Family Walking in Autumn

It’s easy to introduce your family in Bulgarian if they’re present during the conversation. You just have to point to the person you’re going to introduce and start with Това е… (Tova e…), meaning “This is …” You can see a list of must-know Bulgarian terms for family members here.

Let’s practice:

  • Това е съпругът ми. (Tova e saprugat mi) — This is my husband.
  • Това е съпругата ми. (Tova e saprugata mi) — This is my wife.
  • Това е дъщеря ми. (Tova e dashterya mi) — This is my daughter.
  • Това е синът ми. (Tova e sinat mi) — This is my son.
  • Това е баща ми. (Tova e bashta mi) — This is my father.
  • Това е майка ми. (Tova e mayka mi) — This is my mother.
  • Това е сестра ми. (Tova e sestra mi) — This is my sister.
  • Това е брат ми. (Tova e brat mi) — This is my brother.

And now, let’s make it a little bit harder:

  • Това е съпругата ми. Тя е корейка. Тя е учителка и работи в училище.
    Tova e saprugata mi. Tya e koreyka. Tya e uchitelka i raboti v uchilishte
    This is my wife. She is Korean. She is a teacher and works in a school.
  • Това е брат ми. Той е американец. Той е програмист и работи във фирма.
    Tova e brat mi. Toy e amerikanets. Toy e programist i raboti vav firma
    This is my brother. He is American. He is a programmer and works in a company.


5. Sharing Personal Details

1- Hobbies

Sharing your hobby with others is a great way to let them know you a bit better. It helps turn your acquaintance into a friend. Here’s how you can start sharing your favorite things to do:

  • Моето хоби е да… (Moeto hoby e da …) — My hobby is to…
  • Аз обичам да… (Az obicham da…) — I love to…
  • Харесва ми да… (Haresva mi da…) — I like to…

And you can add in place of the dots some of the following activities. For more hobby ideas in Bulgarian, you can take a look at the following list.

Man Swimming in Pool

  • … пея ( …peya) — …sing
  • … спортувам ( …sportuvam) — … do sports
  • … бягам ( …byagam) — … go jogging
  • … плувам ( …pluvam) — … go swimming
  • … колекционирам марки ( …kolektsioniram marki) — … collect stamps
  • … чета книги ( …cheta knigi) — … read books
  • … рисувам ( …risuvam) — … draw
  • … свиря на пиано ( …svirya na piano) — … play the piano
  • … гледам телевизия ( …gledam televizia) — … watch TV
  • … играя на компютърни игри ( …igraya na kompiuterni igri) — … play computer games
  • … играя голф ( …igraya golf) — … play golf

Now let’s learn how to ask your interlocutor about his/her hobby:

  • Ти имаш ли хоби? (Ti imash li hobi) — Do you have a hobby?
  • Какво е твоето хоби? ( Kakvo e tvoeto hobi?) — What is your hobby?

After his/her answer, you can add:

  • Много хубаво. (Mnogo hubavo) — Very nice.

2- Pets

You can add even more personality to the conversation by asking your new friend in Bulgarian:

  • Имаш ли домашен любимец? (Imash li domashen lyubimets) — Do you have a pet?

After his/her answer, you can say the phrase:

Aз имам… (Az imam…), meaning “I have…” and in place of the dots, you can say what type of pet you have. Here are some popular options:

  • …куче (kuche) — dog
  • …котка (kotka) — cat
  • …папагал (papagal) — parrot
  • …рибка (ribka) — fish
  • …питон (piton) — python
  • …хамстер (hamster) — hamster


6. Exercise: Example of a Good Conversation Starter in Bulgarian

Now, it’s time to practice what we’ve learned so far. Practice the basic way of introducing yourself in Bulgarian. Let’s put it all together, so you know how to put together an entire conversation. We advise you to read it several times until you memorize some of the phrases. Then, imagine that you’re in the company of a Bulgarian person.
How will you start the conversation? Think of his/her possible answers, too! Have fun!

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– Здравей, казвам се Алекс. А ти как се казваш? (wait for the answer)

– Много ми е приятно. Аз съм от Белгия. Aз съм учител. Работя в училище. А ти къде работиш? (wait for the answer)

– Аз съм женен с две деца. Това е съпругата ми Вероника, а това е дъщеря ми Полина.

– Аз имам по-голям брат и по-малка сестра. Брат ми е програмист и работи във фирма.

– Аз обичам да спортувам и да играя голф. А какво е твоето хоби? (wait for the answer)

– Много хубаво. Имаш ли домашен любимец? (wait for the answer)

– Aз имам куче.

*****

– Zdravey, kazvam se Alex. A ti kak se kazvash? (wait for the answer)

– Mnogo mi e priyatno. Az sam ot Belgiya. Az sam uchitel. Rabotya v uchilishte. A ti kade rabotish? (wait for the answer)

– Az sam zhenen s dve detsa. Tova e saprugata mi Veronika, a tova e dashterya mi Polina.

– Az imam po-golyam brat i po-malka sestra. Brat mi е programist i raboti vav firma.

– Az obicham da sportuvam i da igraya golf. A kakvo e tvoeto hobi? (wait for the answer)

– Mnogo hubavo. Imash li domashen lyubimets? (wait for the answer)

– Az imam kuche.

*****

– Hello, My name is Alex. And what’s your name? (wait for the answer)

– Nice to meet you. I am from Belgium. I am a teacher. I work in a school. And where do you work? (wait for the answer)

– I am married with two kids. This is my wife Veronika and this is my daughter Polina.

– I have an older brother and a younger sister. My brother is a programmer and works in a company.

– I love to do sports and to play golf. And what is your hobby? (wait for the answer)

– Very nice. Do you have a pet? (wait for the answer)

– I have a dog.

Now, it’s your turn to write your own introduction. After you finish this task, we have a BONUS task for you: Write down the possible answers of your new Bulgarian friend and his/her questions to you.


7. Conclusion: Learn Bulgarian with BulgarianPod101.com

BulgarianPod101.com presents a perfect way to quickly start leading conversations in Bulgarian. In this article, you’ve not only learned the most important words in Bulgarian to introduce yourself effectively, but also how to start and lead an adequate conversation with a real Bulgarian.

To keep learning and memorizing, write down these basic how to introduce yourself in Bulgarian sentences and phrases on sticky notes, and stick them to different places in your home. Everytime you look at them, read them aloud and they’ll quickly become a part of your thinking. You’ll soon find out how easy it can be to start a conversation with a Bulgarian.

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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?

Children Playing Outside in Field

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

Parents Walking with Children

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

Cluster of Balloons

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!

At BulgarianPod101.com, we hope to make this a fun and informative learning adventure!

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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?

Wreath of Leaves

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

3. Reading Practice: Celebrations for this Bulgarian Holiday

Shoes on Wooden Floor

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

What do you think of Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavonic Literature Day? Does your country have a holiday celebrating any of these things? Let us know in the comments! We want to hear from you! :)

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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.

Choose Your Favorite TV Show!


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

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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.

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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”

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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.

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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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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!

Here at BulgarianPod101.com, we hope that you enjoy getting to know Bulgaria and gain valuable insight! So let’s get started.

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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!

To learn more about the Bulgarian culture and language, visit our website at BulgarianPod101.com! We offer an array of insightful blog posts, free vocabulary lists, and even an online community where you can discuss lessons with fellow students. Download our MyTeacher app to take advantage of a one-on-one learning experience with your own personal Bulgarian teacher!

Until next time, keep practicing your vocabulary and stay tuned for more Bulgarian holiday posts. We wish you well as you continue in your Bulgarian studies!

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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?

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    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!

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    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

    Learning Alone

    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

    Learning with BulgarianPod101

    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!

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    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:

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    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.

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