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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.

Teacher Pointing to Board

  • 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!

*****

– 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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Before you go, let us know in the comments how you feel about Bulgarian self-introductions now! To practice, write us a Bulgarian introductory paragraph in the comments section!

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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

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St. Trifon Day: Celebrating the Patron Saint of Wine

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

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

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

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

2. When is St. Trifon Zarezan?

A Green Vineyard

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

3. Reading Practice: How is it Celebrated?

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

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

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

Group of People Celebrating

1- Side Note on Celebrations

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

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

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

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

5. Must-Know Vocab

A Bunch of Grapes

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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

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

Table of Contents

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

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1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date

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

Bulgarian Date Phrases

Would you like to go out to dinner with me?

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

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

Are you free this weekend?

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

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

Would you like to hang out with me?

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

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

What time shall we meet tomorrow?

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

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

Where shall we meet?

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

You can ask this, but also suggest a place.

You look great.

  • Изглеждаш страхотно.
  • Izglezhdash strahotno.

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

You are so cute.

  • Много си сладка.
  • Mnogo si sladka.

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

What do you think of this place?

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

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

Can I see you again?

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

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

Shall we go somewhere else?

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

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

I know a good place.

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

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

I will drive you home.

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

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

That was a great evening.

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

This is a good phrase to end the evening with.

When can I see you again?

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

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

I’ll call you.

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

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

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2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date

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

Date Ideas in Bulgarian

museum

  • музей
  • muzey

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

candlelit dinner

  • вечеря на свещи
  • vecherya na sveshti

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

go to the zoo

  • отидете в зоологическата градина
  • otidete v zoologicheskata gradina

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

go for a long walk

  • отидете на дълга разходка
  • otidete na dalga razhodka

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

go to the opera

  • отидете на опера
  • otidete na opera

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

go to the aquarium

  • отидете в аквариума
  • otidete v akvariuma

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

walk on the beach

  • разходка по плажа
  • razhodka po plazha

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

have a picnic

  • направете си пикник
  • napravete si piknik

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

cook a meal together

  • сгответе нещо заедно
  • sgotvete neshto zaedno

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

have dinner and see a movie

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

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

3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary

Valentine's Day Words in Bulgarian

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

4. Bulgarian Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day

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

Valentine's Day Words in Bulgarian

You mean so much to me.

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

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

Will you be my Valentine?

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

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

You’re so beautiful.

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

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

I think of you as more than a friend.

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

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

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

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

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

Love is just love. It can never be explained.

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

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

You’re so handsome.

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

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

I’ve got a crush on you.

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

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

You make me want to be a better man.

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

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

Let all that you do be done in love.

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

We hope.

You are my sunshine, my love.

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

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

Words can’t describe my love for you.

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

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

We were meant to be together.

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

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

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

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

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

I love you.

  • Обичам те.
  • Obicham te.

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

5. Bulgarian Quotes about Love

Bulgarian Love Quotes

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

6. Marriage Proposal Lines

Bulgarian Marriage Proposal Lines

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

7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines

Bulgarian Break-Up Lines

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

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

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

    It’s not you. It’s me.

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

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

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

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

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

    Let’s just be friends.

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

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

    I think we need a break.

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

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

    You deserve better.

    • Ти заслужаваш повече.
    • Ti zasluzhavash poveche.

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

    We should start seeing other people.

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

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

    I need my space.

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

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

    I think we’re moving too fast.

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

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

    I need to focus on my career.

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

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

    I’m not good enough for you.

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

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

    I just don’t love you anymore.

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

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

    We’re just not right for each other.

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

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

    It’s for the best.

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

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

    We’ve grown apart.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Learning A Language on Your Own

    Can You Really Learn Bulgarian Alone?

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

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

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

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    3 Reasons to Learn a Language Alone

    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!

    3. Advanced Learning Tools Reduce Learning Time and Boost Retention

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

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

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

    Conclusion

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

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

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

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    Language Learning Tips: How to Avoid Awkward Silences

    Avoid Awkward Silences

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

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

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

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

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

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

    3 Conversation Strategies for Beginners

    Conversation

    1. Ask Questions to Keep a Conversation Going

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

    2. Learn Core Vocabulary Terms as Quickly as Possible

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

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

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

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

    Learning Bulgarian

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

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

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

    Conclusion

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

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

    How to Transform Your Daily Commute Into Learning a Language

    Learn a language during your commute!

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

    Rethinking Your Daily Commute to Work

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

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

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

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

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    3 Reasons Your Daily Commute Can Help You Master a Language

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

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

    2. Increase Your Earning Potential While Commuting to Work

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

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

    3. Repetition is Key to Mastering a New Language

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Conclusion

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

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    How To Say ‘Hello’ in Bulgarian, and Other Bulgarian Greetings!

    How to Say Hello in Bulgarian

    So, you’re heading for Bulgaria to travel or work. Awesome! You’re in for an amazing adventure! It’s a beautiful country, steeped in a rich culture that may be very unlike your own.

    However, showing respect to the locals is a big deal in every country around the world. A respectful manner and attitude could open doors for you that would otherwise remain mystifyingly closed. Aside from just knowing ‘Thank you’ in Bulgarian, greeting someone correctly in Bulgarian could incline a local to treat you more favorably than otherwise! So, the clever thing to do would be to learn Bulgarian greetings before you embark on your journey. Bulgarian greetings are different from other languages and probably not what you’d expect. But if learning how to say ‘Hello!’ in Bulgarian in easy and fun ways is important to you, you’ve come to the right place at BulgarianPod101.

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    1. Must-Know Bulgarian Greetings

    Start straight away with this greeting lesson. It’s short, but it packs a punch!

    This short, but powerful lesson teaches you the basic ways to greet someone correctly in Bulgarian! At BulgarianPod101, you will be taught the correct pronunciation and intonation, as well as the correct times to greet in Bulgarian. And you will have fun!

    The focus of this lesson is Greetings in Bulgarian

    Topic 1: How to say “Hello”

    Sentence from the lesson:

    Здрасти
    Zdrasti!
    “Hello (Informal)”

    Здрасти means “Hi,” or “Hello.” We should only use this greeting with friends or relatives. There is another informal way to say “Hello” - Здравей! It has the same meaning as Здрасти and is used when we speak with only one person. The formal way to greet people is Добър ден! Literally, Добър ден means “Good day”; so as a rule we can use Добър ден only during the daytime—from morning until evening. During the evening, we say: Добър вечер!
    Вечер is Bulgarian for “Evening,” so Добър вечер means “Good evening.” During the morning we say: Добро утро!
    Утро is Bulgarian for “Morning.” Добро утро, Добър ден and Добър вечер are used when we meet someone, but when we leave, we use another word.

    For Example:

    Добър ден! Добър вечер! Добро утро!
    Dobyr den! Dobyr vecher! Dobro utro!
    “Good day,” “Good evening,” “Good morning”

    Topic 2: Greetings—”good-bye”

    Sentence from the lesson:

    До скоро!
    Dovijdane!
    “Goodbye (informal, formal)”

    In Bulgarian we have an expression До скоро! meaning “See you soon” that can be considered both formal and informal. In a formal situation, Bulgarian people use Довиждане! Довиждане which means “Good-bye.”

    Language Tip!

    Bulgarian uses a lot of words borrowed from other languages, and we also have one for “Goodbye.” Ciao! Just like Italian. This is actually the phrase you will hear the most in Bulgaria. Friends often say it to each other when leaving. Try to say it yourself to your Bulgarian friends! Ciao!

    2. Common Ways to Say Hello in Bulgarian

    Bulgarian Greetings

    Standing at the airport in a foreign country for the first time can be a somewhat scary experience for anyone, especially if you need assistance. However, don’t worry - at BulgarianPod101 we teach you how to quickly get a local’s attention with friendly, correct Bulgarian greetings! You are more likely to get helped this way.

    Here is our Bulgarian greetings list of all the general ways to address a person upon meeting. It is tailored for formal and informal situations.

    1- Good morning.

    Добро утро.
    Dobro utro.

    ‘Good morning’ in Bulgarian is acceptable any time between approximately 5:30am and 12:00pm, when the day is still young. And smile - it’s the universal ice-breaker!

    2- Good evening

    Добър вечер.
    Dobyr vecher.

    This greeting is one you would use casually when night begins to fall. Address your friends, close family or close acquaintances, and those who are not your superiors, with this phrase.

    3- How are you?

    Как сте?
    Kak ste?

    Show your friendly interest in another person’s well-being by asking this question. This is the casual greeting form that you would use with your friends and family. For the sake of the friendship, it would be good to listen carefully to the answer! It shows caring and selflessness on your part.

    4- How have you been?

    Как си напоследък?
    Kak si naposledak?

    This is a good question to ask someone you have not seen for a while. The inference is that some catching-up is needed!

    5- What’s up?

    Какво става?
    Kakvo stava?

    An universally informal and energetic way to greet your friends or equals! Literally, it means ‘What’s going on in your life?’, yet often no answer is expected. It’s just a greeting! Crazy, right?!

    6- Long time no see.

    Отдавна не сме се виждали.
    Otdavna ne sme se vizhdali.

    This phrase means is another greeting comment that means “I have not seen you for a while!” Often, no response is expected, except to reciprocate.

    7- Hey!

    Хей!
    Hey!

    This is a friendly exclamation to greet your friends or equals with. Reserve its use more for people you see regularly!

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    8- Good afternoon.

    Добър ден.
    Dobyr den.

    ‘Good afternoon’ in Bulgarian is an informal greeting and is used during the second part of the day. The appropriate period falls, in most cultures, from 12:00am till sunset.

    9- How’s it going?

    Как върви?
    Kak varvi?

    This greeting phrase basically means the same as ‘How are things progressing?’, ‘How are things going in your life?’ or even ‘What’s up?’ Depending on the friendship, a lengthy answer is not always expected.

    10- It’s nice to see you again.

    Радвам се отново да те видя.
    Radvam se otnovo da te vidya.

    This friendly, welcoming phrase is best used after greeting someone you have not seen for a while. If you mean it, you will make the person feel special! This is a good thing to say to make someone feel welcome in Bulgarian.

    11- How’s everything?

    Как вървят нещата?
    Kak varvyat neshtata?

    This is a variation of ‘How’s it going?’ Use casually with your equals or close acquaintances.

    12- How’s your day?

    Как върви деня ти?
    Kak varvi denya ti?

    Ask this when you’re speaking to your Bulgarian friend during the day. It’s a friendly phrase to start a conversation with.

    13- Yo!

    Ехо!
    Eho!

    Yo! is English slang and a universal greeting popular among young men of most nationalities. Rather don’t answer the phone with this, unless you know your caller well!

    14- Hello!

    Здравей!
    Zdravey!

    Suitable for use in most settings, situations and persons, this is an important Bulgarian greeting to know. Be sure to master this word first at BulgarianPod101!

    15- It’s nice to meet you.

    Приятно ми е да те видя.
    Priyatno mi e da te vidya.

    When meeting someone for the first time, this is a polite and friendly way to welcome them. It means you are happy to make their acquaintance.

    3. Why Should You Choose BulgarianPod101 To Learn How To Greet In Bulgarian?

    Online learning systems abound, and it’s not easy to know which one will suit your needs best. This means you have to be careful and select a system with a good reputation, and that has proven longevity. BulgarianPod101, which is part of InnovativeLearning.com, ticks all the boxes! With millions of lesson downloads and over a decade of teaching, we can say with confidence that this is one of the best language learning systems on the web. Why is it such an excellent system? Let us count the ways…

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    1- Video Presentations with Native Speakers

    Friendly native Bulgarian speakers guide you step-by-step through the process of learning vocabulary, phrases and much more. They demonstrate correct pronunciation and emphasis of the words, so as to ensure that you speak like a native when you’re done! Watching the enthusiastic tutors makes not only for a pleasant and more personal experience - it also allows you to copy mouth and lip movements. It’s like learning from your own Bulgarian friend in your own home!

    2- Superb Flexibility with 24/7 Access to Learning Material - Anywhere and on Any Device connected to the Internet!

    PC, Android, iPhone, iPad, laptop, even TV - whatever device you prefer! Go online with our FREE app to do your lessons, no matter where you are or which device you are using. All you need is a good internet connection to log on and learn to speak Bulgarian at your own pace, in your own place!

    3- Pronunciation Tool Ensures You Really Speak Bulgarian!

    In any language, correct pronunciation is often crucial. The nuances in language require this, or you could find yourself saying things you don’t mean. You will find our Pronunciation Tool invaluable to wrap your mouth around the correct way to greet in Bulgarian!

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    4- Our Content is Always New and Dynamic

    Every week, new audio and video lessons are uploaded, so as to keep our promise that learning Bulgarian with BulgarianPod101 is always fun and exciting! In addition, you will get access to bonus material and basic Bulgarian phrases. These are a fantastic way to build your comprehension and speaking skills!

    5- Need to Fast Track your Learning? We Have the Solution!

    Most learning activities are more fun when you’re not doing them alone. For this reason we developed Premium PLUS, which gives you a personal tutor - 24/7! Also, this way you’re likely to learn to speak Bulgarian much faster!

    So, if our lively Bulgarian blog is not enough for you, just upgrade to Premium PLUS to get your very own teacher. Personalised goals and lessons based on your needs, assessment of your progress, non-stop feedback and many other super features makes this a very attractive option.

    Say ‘Hello’ to a wonderful, exciting way to learn another language, and learn how to say ‘Hello’ in Bulgarian in no time! You will be very happy you did!

    How to Celebrate April Fools’ Day in Bulgarian

    How to Celebrate April Fools' Day in Bulgarian!

    Most everyone is familiar with this day, as it is celebrated nearly everywhere the world. Yet, when exactly is April Fools’ Day? And where did April Fools come from? April Fools’ Day is observed on April 1st every year. This day of jokes and pranks is believed to have stemmed from the 16th-century calendar change in France, when New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. This action was taken due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

    However, a few people were resistant to the calendar change, so they continued to observe New Year’s Day on April 1st, rather than the new date. They were referred to as the “April Fools”, and others started playing mocking tricks on them. This custom endured, and is practiced to this day around the world!

    Table of Contents

    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day
    2. Bulgarian Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day
    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody
    4. How Can BulgarianPod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?
    5. Top 1000 Most Useful Phrases in Bulgarian - Testing New Technology

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    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day

    Do you want to know how to say April Fools’ Day in Bulgarian? Well, there are millions of ways and words, but here are the top one million Bulgarian words you really need to know! Simply click this link. Here are some of them you will find useful:

    1. joke - шегувам се - sheguvam se
    2. funny - смешен - smeshen
    3. surprise - изненадвам - iznenadvam
    4. sneaky - подъл - podal
    5. prankster - калпазанин - kalpazanin
    6. prank - лудория - ludoriya
    7. lie - лъжа - lazha
    8. humor - хумор - humor
    9. fool - глупак - glupak
    10. deceptive - лъжлив - lazhliv
    11. April 1st - Първи април - Pyrvi april
    12. play a joke - правя номер - pravya nomer

    2. Bulgarian Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day

    Bulgarian Phrases for April Fools' Day

    Don’t limit yourself to practical jokes - use these April Fools’ phrases in Bulgarian to prank your favorite Bulgarianfriend or colleague!

    1. I learned Bulgarian in 1 month.
      • Научих български за 1 месец.
      • Nauchih balgarski za 1 mesets.
    2. All classes for today got canceled.
      • Всички учебни часове за днес са отменени.
      • Vsichki uchebni chasove za dnes sa otmeneni.
    3. I’m sorry, but I’ve just broken your favorite pair of glasses.
      • Съжалявам, но без да искам току-що счупих любимите ти очила.
      • Sazhalyavam, no bez da iskam toku-shto schupih lyubimite ti ochila.
    4. Someone has just hit your car.
      • Някой току-що удари колата ти.
      • Nyakoy toku-shto udari kolata ti.
    5. I’m getting married.
      • Ще се женя.
      • Shte se zhenya.
    6. You won a free ticket.
      • Спечелихте безплатен билет.
      • Spechelihte bezplaten bilet.
    7. I saw your car being towed.
      • Видях да вдигат колата ти.
      • Vidyah da vdigat kolata ti.
    8. They’re giving away free gift cards in front of the building.
      • На входа раздават безплатни ваучери за подарък.
      • Na vhoda razdavat bezplatni vaucheri za podarak.
    9. A handsome guy is waiting for you outside.
      • Отпред те чака един привлекателен господин.
      • Otpred te chaka edin privlekatelen gospodin.
    10. A beautiful lady asked me to give this phone number to you.
      • Една красива дама ме помоли да ти дам този телефонен номер.
      • Edna krasiva dama me pomoli da ti dam tozi telefonen nomer.
    11. Can you come downstairs? I have something special for you.
      • Можеш ли да слезеш долу? Имам нещо специално за теб.
      • Mozhesh li da slezesh dolu? Imam neshto spetsialno za teb.
    12. Thank you for your love letter this morning. I never could have guessed your feelings.
      • Благодаря ти за твоето любовно писмо тази сутрин. Никога не бих се досетила за чувствата ти.
      • Blagodarya ti za tvoeto lyubovno pismo tazi sutrin. Nikoga ne bih se dosetila za chuvstvata ti.

    Choose your victims carefully, though; the idea is to get them to laugh with you, not to hurt their feelings or humiliate them in front of others. Be extra careful if you choose to play a prank on your boss - you don’t want to antagonize them with an inappropriate joke.

    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody

    Choose Bad or Good

    Right, now that you know the top million April Fools’ words in Bulgarian, let’s look at some super pranks and tricks to play on friends, colleagues and family. Some April Fools ideas never grow old, while new ones are born every year.

    Never joke in such a way that it hurts anyone, or humiliates them badly in front of others - the idea is for everybody to laugh and enjoy the fun! Respect is still key, no matter what day of the year it is.

    Cockroach prank

    1- Infestation

    This trick is so simple, yet so creepy, it’s almost unbelievable. Take black paper, cut out the silhouette of a giant cockroach, a spider or another insect, and stick it inside the lampshade of a table lamp. When the lamp is switched on, it will look like a monstrous insect is sitting inside the lampshade. Or, get a whole lot of realistic-looking plastic insects, and spread them over a colleague’s desk and chair, or, at home, over the kids’ beds etc. Creep-factor: stellar.

    2- Which One Doesn’t Fit?

    Put the photo of a celebrity or a notorious politician in a frame, and take it to work on April Fools’ Day. Hang the photo on the staff picture wall, and wait. You’ll be surprised how long it can take for people to notice that one picture doesn’t fit.

    3- Something Weird in the Restroom

    At work, replace the air freshener in the restroom with something noxious like insect killer, oven cleaner or your own odious mixture in a spray bottle. Be sure to cover the bottle’s body so no one suspects a swap.

    Or paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish, and leave it at the hand wash basin. It will not lather.

    Or, if your workplace’s restroom has partitioned toilets with short doors, arrange jeans or trousers and shoes on all but one of the toilet covers, so it looks like every stall is occupied. Now wait for complaints, and see how long it takes for someone to figure out the April Fools’ Day prank. You’ll probably wish you had a camera inside the restroom. But, unless you don’t mind getting fired, don’t put your own recording device in there!

    Funny Face

    4- Call Me Funny

    Prepare and print out a few posters with the following instructions: Lion Roar Challenge! Call this number - 123-456-7890 - and leave your best lion’s roar as voicemail! Best roarer will be announced April 10 in the cafeteria. Prize: $100. (Lion’s roar is just an example; you can use any animal call, or even a movie character’s unique sound, such as Chewbacca from Star Wars. The weirder, the funnier. Obviously!) Put the posters up in the office where most of the staff is likely to see them. Now wait for the owner of the number to visit you with murderous intent. Have a conciliatory gift ready that’s not a prank.

    5- Minty Cookies

    This is another simple but hugely effective prank - simply separate iced cookies, scrape off the icing, and replace it with toothpaste. Serve during lunch or tea break at work, or put in your family’s lunch boxes. Be sure to take photos of your victim’s faces when they first bite into your April Fools’ cookies.

    6- Wild Shopping

    At your local grocer, place a realistic-looking plastic snake or spider among the fresh vegetables. Now wait around the corner for the first yell.

    7- The Oldest Trick in the Book

    Don’t forget probably the oldest, yet very effective April Fools’ joke in the book - smearing hand cream or Vaseline on a door handle that most staff, family or friends are likely to use. Yuck to the max!

    8- Sneeze On Me

    Another golden oldie is also gross, yet harmless and utterly satisfying as a prank. Fill a small spray bottle that you can easily conceal with water. Walk past a friend, colleague or one of your kids, and fake a sneeze while simultaneously spraying them with a bit of water. Expect to be called a totally disgusting person. Add a drop of lovely smelling essential oil to the water for extra confusion.

    9- Word Play Repairs

    Put a fresh leek in the hand wash basin at home or work, and then tell your housemates or colleagues this: “There’s a huge leak in the restroom/bathroom basin, it’s really serious. Please can someone go have a look?!” Expect exasperation and smiles all around. Note that this prank is only likely to work where people understand English well.

    10- Scary Face

    Print out a very scary face on an A4 sheet of paper, and place it in a colleague’s, or one of your kid’s drawers, so it’s the first thing they see when they open the drawer. You may not be very popular for a while.

    11- Wake Up To Madness

    Put foamy shaving cream, or real whipped cream on your hand, and wake your kid up by tickling their nose with it. As long as they get the joke, this could be a wonderful and fun way to start April Fools’ Day.

    Computer Prank

    12- Computer Prank

    This one’s fabulous, if you have a bit of time to fiddle with a colleague, friend or your kid’s computer. It is most effective on a computer where most of the icons they use are on the desktop background itself (as opposed to on the bottom task bar).

    Take and save a screenshot of their desktop with the icons. Set this screenshot as their background image. Now delete all the working icons. When they return to their computer, wait for the curses when no amount of clicking on the icons works.

    13- Monster Under the Cup

    This one will also work well anywhere people meet. Take a paper cup, and write the following on it in black pen: “Danger! Don’t lift, big spider underneath.” Place it upside-down on prominent flat surface, such as a kitchen counter, a colleague’s desk or a restaurant table. Expect some truly interesting responses.

    Door Prank

    14- Prank Door

    Write in large letters on a large and noticeable piece of paper: PUSH. Tape this notice on a door that should be pulled to open, and watch the hilarious struggle of those clever souls who actually read signs.

    4. How Can BulgarianPod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?

    If you happen to visit Bulgaria, or if you work for any Bulgarian company, knowing the above Bulgarian prankster phrases can really lighten up your day. Showing you have a sense of humor can go a long way to cement good relationships in any situation. These phrases are at your disposal for free, as well as are these 100 core Bulgarian words, which you will learn how to pronounce perfectly.

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