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Здравейте. Hello and welcome to BulgarianPod101.com. This course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Bulgaria. You will be surprised at how far a little Bulgarian will go.
Now before we jump in, remember to stop by BulgarianPod101.com. And there, you’ll find the accompiying PDF, additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.
Lesson 1. Thank you.
My name is Nicolay Simov, and I’ll be your language teacher and cultural guide throughout this course. Let’s begin with a quick introduction of our target destination. Situated in Southeast Europe, Bulgaria is blessed with breath-taking mountain ranges, a spectacular coast line of the Black sea, and the rich cultural heritages. Bulgarian joined the European Union in January 2007, and it’s rapidly becoming a target destination for visitors who come through the country for tourism, education or business.
Now, wherever your destination maybe, manners are a must! And in this respect, Bulgaria is no different. So in our very first lesson, we'll be taking a look at a phrase there is no excuse not to bring with you to Bulgaria. Again, I'll stress this over and over, a little bit of the language can go such a long way!
In Bulgarian, "thank you" is "blagodaria" (благодаря), благодаря. Let’s break it by syllable: благодаря. Let’s hear it once again - благодаря.
This compound word is made up of two parts. The first, blago (благо), means "prosperity" or "well-being". Let’s break this down and hear it one more time: благо /благо. This is followed by daria (даря), which in Bulgarian means: "to give a gift". Let’s hear it`s syllables in slow motion: даря. And the whole expression again: благодаря.
This phrase is neither too formal nor too informal and will be your safe bet in situations where you are not sure what way of saying "thank you" would be most appropriate. An important note on pronunciation: Bulgarian vowels are short; if you extend them, you are not changing the meaning of the word they form. Here's what they sound like: а, ъ, о, у, е, и.
Now, in Bulgarian there are other ways to express one's gratitude. There's one formal and one casual way that we will explore. Let's take a look at the casual expression first.
In Bulgarian, the casual way of expressing gratitude, for example, "thanks" is merci (мерси). Yes, that's right! It sounds like French and this is exactly where this word was borrowed from. Мерси. Let’s break it down by syllable: мерси / мерси. Keep in mind that the original French pronunciation has mutated and Bulgarians say it with the hard Slavic r. Мерси.
This expression might come in handy among friends and in other casual situations, for example, when collecting your change from the cashier at a supermarket or when picking up your mail at the post office. A word of caution: a limited number of Bulgarians still consider merci (мерси) a foreign word which shouldn't be used as there are enough "pure" Bulgarian expressions available. Also, to be on the safe side, make sure you use the higher-level expression blagodaria (благодаря) when dealing with officials in a formal context.
On the other hand, for very special occasions when someone goes above and beyond the call of being kind, when someone is extremely generous, or for any other time you're extremely grateful, we have the following phrase to express deep gratitude: in Bulgarian the equivalent of "thank you very much", is "blagodaria vi mnogo" (благодаря ви много). Благодаря ви много. Let’s break it down by syllable: благодаря ви много. Here it is once again. благодаря ви много.
The first word blagodaria (благодаря), as we already know means, "to give prosperity". The second, vi (Ви), is the polite second person plural of the English "you". Let’s hear it one more time: Ви.
If the person you are thanking is a friend, you can switch to a deeper level of closeness by using ti (ти), the second person singular equivalent of the English "you". Then the whole phrase becomes blagodaria ti mnogo (благодаря ти много). Again in slow motion - благодаря ти много.
The last word in our expression is mnogo (много), which in Bulgarian is "much": много.
To recap, the formal version of the phrase is blagodaria vi mnogo (благодаря ви много) while the version we use with friends is blagodaria ti mnogo (благодаря ти много).
Okay, to close out this lesson, we’d like for you to practice what you just learned. I’ll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase, and you’re responsible for saying it out loud. You’ll have few seconds before I give you the answer. So "Успех!" that means "Good luck!" in Bulgarian.
Informal level - Thanks - мерси / мерси /мерси
Formal level - Thank you - благодаря / благодаря / благодаря
The gratitude to a person you don’t know well or in a very formal situation - Thank you very much - благодаря ви много / благодаря ви много, благодаря ви много
The gratitude to a friend - Thank you very much - благодаря ти много
All right. That’s going to do it for today. Remember to stop by BulgarianPod101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF. If you stop by, make sure to leave a comment. Довиждане!

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Welcome to Bulgarian Survival Phrases! Let us know if you have any questions.

Sunday at 9:57 pm
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Hi lance,

Thank you for posting.

Please check out our special Bulgarian pronunciation series:
https://www.bulgarianpod101.com/category/pronunciation/

In this set of 5 lessons, you will learn the very basics about Bulgarian pronunciation. We break down all the sounds to make it easy for you to sound like a native!

We hope this helps! Should you have any questions, please let us know.😄

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lance
Sunday at 2:28 pm
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How to pronounce the Slavic r.

lance
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I like this lesson.

Tuesday at 1:36 pm
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Hello Anzaleena,

I’d like to recommend you to try out our Flashcards. You will be able to hear the sound of words in Bulgarian, or you can change the setting so you see English word first. Then you can guess the meaning/translation of the word.

You can add vocabulary of each lesson to your flashcard, and see all of them at https://www.bulgarianpod101.com/learningcenter/flashcards/flashcards

Thank you,

Jae
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Anzaleena
Monday at 9:00 pm
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Hy I’m Anzaleena and I’vejust started learning Bulgarian .I just loved the way of teaching
I wanna ask you that can you give me some test audio test you ask the word in English and I’ll answer you in Bulgarian

Thursday at 4:56 am
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За нищо.

Hi Romy,
thank you for your comment. За нищо, literally “For nothing” is quite common reply when someone says Благодаря.
We hope you will enjoy the other lessons in the series and are looking forward to your comments.
Best regards,
Tina
BulgarianPod101.com Team

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Tuesday at 11:45 pm
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blagodaria

Monday at 4:56 am
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Hi Logan,

you noticed correctly that there is something strange in the sentence😄 Pronouns are one of the most complicated parts in Bulgarian as there are a few remaining grammatical cases. Вие is the personal pronoun in plural in nominative case. But then in dative, it has two forms, the shorter one of which is “ви”. And as you are the person whom I thank, i.e. the bearer of the action, then we will use the dative case in it:

I thank you. Аз ви благодаря. Благодаря ви.
This is for you. Това е за Вас. (here the personal pronoun вие is in its accusative form вас).

We talk in much more detail about the personal pronouns and their use in the intermediate series.
Kind regards,
Tina
BulgarianPod101.com Team

Logan
Thursday at 5:30 pm
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Hello, why do we use “ви” in the phrase - благодаря ви много instead of “вие”
Thanks

BulgarianPod101.com
Saturday at 1:21 pm
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Hi Arthur,

Thank you for studying with us.
Feel free to let us know if you have any questions.
Have a great day!

Olivia
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