Bulgarian Classes for Busy Adults 2022-2023

BCNE is pleased to offer Bulgarian classes for adults again this fall, starting in October 10-16, 2022 and running through the beginning of May, 2023. This year we will hold our classes online again. Classes are conducted over Zoom and the link to the first class will be emailed to all interested. Beginning Bulgarian classes will be once per week, on Saturdays. The first class for Group 1 and Group 2 will be on Oct 15 at 3:00 p.m.Minimum enrollment for all classes is four students. All students interested in taking our intermediate class need to contact the instructor.

Please register here by October 10, 2022: Registration Form

Beginner Bulgarian for Busy Adults (Group 1)

Saturdays, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

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 with a detailed introduction to the Cyrillic alphabet and very basic vocabulary. We will practice together as we strengthen students’ knowledge of the alphabet and get comfortable with using every-day phrases. Our hope is that at the end of the semester students will be able to use the Cyrillic alphabet with ease, to understand basic everyday conversations, to introduce themselves and other people; to speak and write about themselves and their environment in basic terms. Suggested practice at home: between 2 and 6 hours weekly.

Beginner Bulgarian for Busy Adults+ (Group 2)

Saturdays, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. 

An introductory practice course in Bulgarian as a foreign language for those who are familiar with the alphabet and basic vocabulary. 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 every-day phrases and speaking and writing the present and the future. Our hope is that at the end of the semester students will be able to understand everyday conversations, speak about themselves, their families, and their interests. Suggested practice at home: between 2 and 6 hours weekly.

Textbook for Group 1 and Group 2: 

Primary textbook: Здравейте! Учебник по български език за чужденци А1 – А2, published by New Bulgarian University. Ordering information through the US online retailer ZayoBooks.com coming shortly. Please reach out to the instructor with questions.

Здравейте! 
Учебник по български език за чужденци А1 – А2

Good to have: Grammar Matters: Bulgarian Grammar in Charts – this is a guide with great explanations of grammatical rules in English (available at Amazon). All other materials will be provided by the instructor.

Grammar Matters: Bulgarian Grammar in Charts




Intermediate Bulgarian for Busy Adults (Group 3)

Time (TBD by consensus per students’ availability)  

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, good command of present and future tense verbs and their conjugations, as well as familiarity with the perfective and imperfective aspect of the Bulgarian verbs. At the end of the semester, students will be comfortable speaking in Bulgarian in the present, past, and future tenses on a variety of topics. We suggest between 2 and 6 hours of homework and practice weekly.All interested prospective students should contact the instructor at their earliest convenience at nadia@bulgariancenter.org.

Textbook for this class: 

“Bulgarian Beyond the First Steps” by Mira Kovatcheva will be the primary textbook for this class. A digital copy will be provided to you at no additional cost with the author’s permission (we recommend you print it and have it in front of you to facilitate interaction in class.) Textbook will be emailed upon registration and payment for the class. 




About the instructor

Nadia Ullman is mom to two children at the Bulgarian School and looks forward to teaching another year of Bulgarian to the grownups. Nadia is a BCNE Board member and an advocate for foreign-language immersion in the public schools. Nadia’s professional background is in municipal government: she was elected to Framingham’s Town Meeting where she served two terms; and further served as a Senior Policy Advisor to Framingham’s first Mayor. 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 is passionate about creating a larger community of Bulgarian language learners and savors teaching her native language in her free time.



Tuition and other important information: 

You can pay for the class online with your credit card (to pay by check to BCNE, please contact the instructor.) BCNE members receive a $50 membership discount. Individual annual membership is $50; Family annual membership $75. All contributions from the class and membership fee go towards refinishing and maintaining our new community home in Billerica. Thank you!

Tuition for the 2022-2023 courses is $475*. 

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*Non-member $475.00 USD

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  • Individuals experiencing financial hardship might be eligible for a modest additional discount on a case-by-case basis. Please keep in mind that this class is provided as a fundraising initiative and contributions are donated towards the BCNE capital campaign. 

Please register here by October 10, 2022: Registration Form 

ABOUT BCNE

The Bulgarian Center of New England (BCNE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, whose mission is to serve as a focal point of the Bulgarian community in New England and attract people from different backgrounds who have interest in the Bulgarian culture, art, history, and traditions. The Center is located in the Greater Boston Area and will host the Bulgarian Church “St. Petka,” the Bulgarian School “Sv. sv. Kiril and Methodii,” events organized by the Bulgarian-American Cultural Center “Madara”, and initiatives sponsored by other groups and organizations.

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We hope you join us this fall in exploring the Bulgarian language and culture! Заповядайте!