Bulgarian Class for Adults

Beginner Bulgarian for Busy Adults (Group 1)

Saturdays, 3:05 pm – 4:25 pm (tentative)

This is an introductory practice course in Bulgarian as a foreign language.  We understand that as busy adults, our students’ time for homework and practice outside of class is limited. In this 80-minute course we will start from the basics and will practice together as we strengthen students’ knowledge of the alphabet and get comfortable with using every-day phrases.  We will work on all four skills – listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Our hope is that at the end of the semester our students will be able to read and write in Bulgarian language, to introduce themselves and other people; to speak about themselves and their environment; to talk about their daily activities and their interests.  Topics may include visiting Bulgaria, how to order food and get by when in Bulgaria, as well as Bulgarian traditions, culture, history, and geographic areas. Classes may include guest instructors. No prior knowledge of Bulgarian or the Cyrillic alphabet is required for this class. If you have taken an introductory class before but you are not confident in your knowledge of the Cyrillic alphabet and your ability to sound out text in Bulgarian, this is the class for you. At the end of each class we will make suggestions for further practice at home, but we might not be covering this ‘homework’ in class, nor shall we expect you to have completed it. Although we will do our best to meet every student at their level and interest in learning Bulgarian, each student will benefit greatly from practice at home! Your progress would depend on the amount of time and effort you put into it. We are excited to join you on this journey!

Intermediate Bulgarian for Busy Adults (Group 2)

Saturdays, 4:35– 5:55 pm

This is an intermediate practice course in Bulgarian as a foreign language. Prerequisite: at least one Beginners Bulgarian class or equivalent knowledge – fluency in reading and writing in the Cyrillic alphabet, greetings and introductions, grasp of present tense verbs and their conjugations. We will start with a review of Lessons 7 and 8 in the textbook (perfective and imperfective verbs) and will move on from there.  At the end of the semester, students will be able to speak about themselves and their environment in the present, past and the future; to ask questions and provide information about people, objects, and places; to talk about their daily activities and their interests.  Topics may include Bulgarian history, geographic areas, traditions, and culture.  Some classes may include guest instructors.  We will do our best to meet every student at their level and interest in learning Bulgarian, however, your progress depends on the amount of time and effort you put into practicing outside of class. We are excited to join you on this journey!

About the instructors:

Nadia Marcheva Ullman is a talent acquisition manager with over ten years of 1612experience in international educational exchange and higher education faculty recruiting.  She holds a master’s degree from Harvard University’s Extension School with a concentration in government and a bachelor’s in applied linguistics from South-West University of Bulgaria.  Nadia enjoys serving the extended Bulgarian community by teaching her native language.

Rumis photoRumiana (Rumi) Pavlova is an experienced teacher who has been a substitute teacher at the Bulgarian school in Boston and has taught Bulgarian language in Bulgaria as a full-time teacher before moving to the USA in 2002.  She holds an MBA in finance and international business from Clark University, Worcester MA and a bachelor’s in management and community development. Rumi has over ten years of professional experience in the private and public sector. Currently, she is a program director at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Rumi is happy to share her Bulgarian heritage and language with the community and parents from cross-cultural families.

This course is organized by the Bulgarian Center of New England (BCNE) to serve the Bulgarian community and its friends in New England and is open to all interested individuals.

Tuition for BCNE members: $380 for the semester*.

*please renew your membership for 2016 before beginning of the class; membership is $50 for individual and $75 for family and it could be paid online at www.bulgariancenter.org. Please print out your membership receipt and bring it to class.


Tuition for non-BCNE members: $450 for the semester. Tuition could be paid in two installments – first payment (1/2 tuition) due first day of class, second payment due December 15, 2015).


Classes begin on October 17, 2015 at 3:05pm.

Classes will take place on Saturdays in the building of the Bulgarian School at 411 Waverley Oaks, Waltham, MA. We are still making arrangements on the room and dates of classes but this information will be provided on the first day of class.

Textbook: Здравейте! Учебник по български език за чужденци А1 – А2

Please order your book as soon as possible to allow enough time for international shipping.  We will arrange for materials for the first several classes until textbooks arrive. The textbook can be purchased on Helikon’s website below:

Helikon Online Store

Nadia has a limited number of textbooks for purchase as well, so email her directly.

To inquire or register for this class, please email Rumi Pavlova at info@bulgariancenter.org (personal: pavlova.rumi@gmail.com) or Nadia Ullman at nadiamartch@yahoo.com. Please note that there is an enrollment cap so please register as soon as possible. Please share with us a few words about your interest in the language, whether you have already learned a bit and to what level, what your expectation of the class is. This will help us place you in the proper class and to adjust the topics to the groups’ needs.

Come study Bulgarian with us!

Rumi & Nadia