Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)

Learning a new language


I am back on the Bulgarian language bandwagon.

My move to Bulgaria is fast approaching and I have finally realized that it’s crunch time when it comes to learning Bulgarian. My future in-laws speak zero English, so I had better speak at least some basic Bulgarian. On top of just getting through normal day-to-day interactions, I would love to be able to learn from my Mother-in-Law. She is an amazing cook and gardener and I am dying to pick her brain.

I am committed to learning as much as I can before I move. So, it’s back to the textbooks, CDs, MP3s, and podcasts for me. My goal is to set aside at least 2 hours twice per week to study. Sadly, I don’t know any Bulgarians here in Utah and the closest university Bulgarian language courses are in California. I’m going to have to do this on my own (with a little help from V., of course).

I have “liked” a few Bulgaria related groups on Facebook, and the other day one of them posted a link to this blog post, “6 ways to stop being shy and learn a foreign language.”

The author, Dan Benson, lists 6 steps to help learning a new language.

  1. Give up control
  2. Talk to strangers
  3. Be confident
  4. Write it down first
  5. Decrease the size of your ego
  6. Get drunk!

I think I’ll remember these in my quest to learn Bulgarian, especially #6! 😉



4 thoughts on “Learning a new language


    School in Bulgaria that teaches BG over the internet……..

    • I’ve heard of them, actually. I just can’t rationalize spending more money (I already spent a small fortune on some textbooks and DVDs) to learn Bulgarian when I have a free tutor 24-7 (my fiance). Who knows though, it may come to that! Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. well if you need help i am all open. a company named PONS makes the best Bulgarian-English dictonary that I found. Although the word excited is the wrong kind of excited. Honestly the hardest part for me is reading bulgarian. can speak way more than i can read. it’s seriously rough. I studied for the first 3 months i was here 3 hours a day in a classroom then lived with a bulgarian family. practice practice practice.

    • I might just take you up on that! My boyfriend insists that I should just learn tons of new words every day. But I feel like I need to start with basic phrases and mastering the alphabet. It’s hard not to want to learn everything in the Romanized Bulgarian, it’s so much easier. Part of me is really excited to be learning a new language, but the other (lazier) part of me doesn’t want to put the work in, but I know I must!

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