I am embarrassed to admit it, but the last time I posted about my attempts to learn Bulgarian was in August of 2010.
It was my first month of blogging and I was hell bent on getting serious with my self-study of the language.
That gung-ho attitude lasted all of about 5 seconds.
(Typical Whitney, unfortunately)
Well, I don’t think I can put it off any longer.
In just 3 short months I’ll be back on a plane bound for Bulgaria. No more sitting on my butt hanging out with the hubs in our living room. This time around, we’ll be living in Sofia, working (him for sure, me hopefully), and doing a lot more socializing with friends.
I don’t want to be “that American girl” who doesn’t speak a lick of the language. Not anymore!
In August of 2010 I was simply dating a Bulgarian. Now, nearly two years later, I am married to a Bulgarian and living in Bulgaria. If that’s not enough reason to buckle down and learn the language, I don’t know what is!
I have to say, it’s more than a little shameful to admit to those who ask that I speak little to no Bulgarian. Even after three months living in the country (and with my Bulgarian-speaking in-laws, no less), I only know a few words and phrases. Granted, I understand a lot more than I give myself credit for, but I am nowhere near where I should be after being in a relationship with a Bulgarian for 4 years.
So, here I am. Starting over. Starting small.
My goal for July is to simply master the Cyrillic alphabet.
(Baby steps to learning Bulgarian…)
It’s a daunting prospect in and of itself. I have memorized it many times in the past few years, but when it comes to recognizing the letters and their sounds, pssh…I stink!
I think a month is more than enough time to nail it down.If I’m feeling extra studious, I think I’ll throw in some small phrases and greetings. I have most of the colors down as well as the basic formal greetings. Now it’s just recalling them that I need to focus on!
I am surrounded by Bulgarians and hear the language spoken daily. It really shouldn’t be too hard to find someone to practice with. Ventsi and I also talk multiple times a day, so some over-the-phone coaching might be in order as well.
I’ll be posting on my progress regularly, so stay tuned.
Do any of you bilinguals/multilinguals out there have some advice or tips on how to approach learning a second language? Steps to effective self-study? Please share! 🙂