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

BCNE

Saint Trifon Zarezan

Thank you All for joining the Bulgarian Center of New England (BCNE) to celebrate St. Trifon Zarezan.

You made this celebration amazing! And the music and lovely voice of Snejina filled the hearts of everyone! Please send us your best pictures from the night at info@bulgariancenter.org so we can share on our website and Facebook page with the rest of the community.

With your help we raised $1117 (after covered expenses and $200 donation) towards the capital campaign for the acquisition of a new building for the Bulgarian Center!

We are looking forward to seeing you soon at the next party in honor of the National Day of Bulgaria and in support of BCNE, organized by the Bulgarian-American Cultural Center Madara on March 8, 2015 at 5pm in ACAS Center, 29 Montvale Ave, Woburn MA. For tickets and details go to www.centermadara.com.

Heartfelt thanks!
The BCNE Team

2014 Events and Financial Results

Dear friends,

Thanks to all your support, the efforts, persistence and creativity of our team and the help of organizations and sponsors supporting us, we are happy to share 2014 restults.

There were a few events last year that we either took the lead in organizing, or supported. The biggest event in terms of organizing efforts and funds raised was the second Art Auction that took place on 11/09. We also began offering other types of events, such as courses in Bulgarian as a foreign language, as well as First Time Home Buyer Seminar. These initiatives not only brought revenue to the Center, but also helped establish our organization as a focal point of the Bulgarian community.We started 2014 with $36,312.79 in our Citizens bank and Pay Pall accounts. We raised $13,739.68; total funds available at the end of 2014 are $50,052.47.

2014 wasn’t as strong as 2013 in terms of raised funds. The main challenge that we face is scarcity of resources to plan and organize events; however, we are committed to continuing our efforts to achieve our goal.

We’ll continue to rely on your support, which could be in the form of a donation, becoming a member, participation in organizing and attending events. Your help matters and we are certain that we’ll continue to receive it.

We wish you a very happy and successful 2015!

The BCNE Team

Second Fundraising Art Auction

The Second Fine Art Auction for the Bulgarian Center turned out to be a lovely eveningIMG_4988 of music, wine and art thanks to our participants, supporters and friends.

The team of the Bulgarian Center of New England would like to express our sincerest gratitude to all guests, donors, art buyers and volunteers whose dedication and inspring attitude took us one step closer to our dear cause of finding a new home for the Bulgarian School, Church and Cultural Center “Madara.

The sounds of jazz performed by Elena Koleva and Plamen Karadonev, the wine and the friendly and well known faces redounded to the intimate and family like atmosphere of the event during the art auction’s preview.
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The performance from the Bulgarian folklore singing group Omaya, led by Tatiana Sarbinska, created a great mood for all our guests, who when the auction started, quickly raised their hands to bid for the art pieces provided by Hamilton Art.

Paintings of our generous art donors Nelly Tonchev, Boriana Zaneva, Irina Todorova and Boriana Kantcheva, as well as Adam O’Donnel’s and Nevena Bentz’s fine jewelry were well appreciated and bought by our patrons.

A special thanks to our sponsors, Legal Edge Real Estate, Mortgage Master, Honda Village, Pearle Vison Sugus, Mass Bay Dental, Six Star Market , whose support made possible the delivery of our program. They are all proud sponsors to the Bulgarian Center and considering their services will result in further donations to the center.  Additional thanks to contributions by sponsors, Gordon’s Liquors, Six Star Market, Sam Adams andThe Law Offices of David S. Flashenburg.

With your participation, we were able to raise $6,700 including ticket sales and contribution from sold art and jewelry.

 Thank you for the support!

Donations to the Bulgarian Center are tax-exempt. Your contribution via art/jewelry purchase may be tax deductible (20% of the purchase price for items from Hamilton Art’s catalog and 80% for artwork donated by Bulgarian artists), excluding the 6.25% sales tax and 10% purchase fee. Please consult your tax advisor.

Start of the school year of the Bulgarian School

This fall the Bulgarian School in Boston will open a new branch in Cape Cod. The initial registrations shows that there might be up to 50 children ready to have their first school day at the Bulgarian School. The classes will be held on Sundays, from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. The school will use the building of the United Methodist Church at 57 Pond St, Osterville, MA 02655

Beginning of the 2014/2015 school year in the two locations:
– Boston: September 13th, 3:00 pm at 411 Waverley Oaks Rd #214, Waltham, MA 02452 (this is the location where the school held its classes last year)
– Cape Cod: September 14th, 12:30 in the United Methodist Church at: 57 Pond St, Osterville, MA 02655

Practical Bulgarian for Beginners

BCNE is happy to offer for the first time to all of our non-Bulgarian speaking friends and extended community:
 
Practical Bulgarian for BeginnersАБВ
Jan 11, Saturday at 4pm
411 Waverly Oaks Rd #214
– Tuition for BCNE members: $150 for the semester (18 classes)
*please renew your membership  for 2014 if you haven’t done so already
– Tuition for non-BCNE members: $200 for the semester (18 classes)

 

This is an introductory course in Bulgarian as a foreign language.  The four skills – listening, speaking, reading, and writing—are covered, although particular emphasis is placed on language structure, speaking, and listening.  Students will become familiar with the basic structure and will dive into vocabulary of Bulgarian through situational exercises in speaking, reading, listening and writing. At the end of the semester, students will be able to read and write in the Bulgarian language, to speak about themselves and their environment; to introduce themselves and other people; to ask questions and provide information about people, objects, and places; to talk about their daily activities and their interests. The class is based on group discussions, grammar foundations and useful vocabulary. Topics may include interesting facts about Bulgarian history, geographic areas, traditions and culture.  Some classes may include guest instructors to lead specific topic and add a more dynamic experience.

The first class will be January 11 at 4:00pm. Classes will run each Saturdays with the exception of the following holiday long weekends – no classes on: Martin Luther King Jr. (1/18-20); President’s Day (2/15-17); Easter /Patriot’s Day weekend (4/19-21); Memorial Day  (5/24-26). Last class will be on June 7, 2014.  Classes will be held on Saturdays, 4:00-5:00 pm, close to the Bulgarian School “Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii” at 411 Waverly Oaks Rd #214.   Further information and details about room/building will be emailed to registered students.

About the instructors:
Nadia Marcheva Ullman is a talent acquisition manager with over ten years of experience in international educational exchange and higher education recruiting.  She holds a master’s degree from Harvard University with a concentration in government and a bachelor’s in applied linguistics from South-West University of Bulgaria.  Nadia is excited to serve the extended Bulgarian community by teaching her native language.
Rumiana (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 New Hampshire in 2002.  After coming to the USA, she earned an MBA in finance and international business from Clark University and a bachelor’s in management and community development. Rumi has over ten years of professional experience and 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.
Textbook:
Intensive Bulgarian, Vol 1  ($37.54)
Please order your book as soon as possible.  It could be purchased on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0299167445
 
To inquire or register for this class, please email Rumi Pavlova at info@bulgariancenter.org. Please share with us a few words about your interest in the language, have you already learned a bit and to what level, what your expectation of the class is. This will help us adjust the topics / structure to fit the group’s needs.
Come study Bulgarian with us!
Rumi & Nadia
BCNE

Fundraising Christmas cards sale

Get into the Christmas spirit and support the holiday cards sale organized by the  Santa card allBulgarian Center of New England and the Bulgarian School Kiril and Methody. The artful and handcrafted cards were created by the talented kids of the Bg School.
You can buy the Cristmas cards from the Bulgarian store in Woburn and from Sophia Greek Pantry in Belmont. They will be also on sale at Bg school the next 2 Saturdays 12/14 & 12/21.
Penguin card singleThe cards are sold for:
1 card for $3 (we have single cards only in BG school).
At Bg store and Sophia’s you could purchase a packet of 4 cards for $10 (golden ribbon), or 6 cards for $15 (red ribbon).
All proceeds go to the BG School and BCNE.

Merry Christmas!

First Fundraising Art Auction

The team of the Bulgarian Center of New England would like to express our sincerest gratitude to all guests, donors, art buyers and volunteers who made the First Fundraising Art Auction such a big success.
This lovely night of art, music, culture, and socializing with old and new friends was possible only because of your support.
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The overwhelming generosity we received from the community will help BCNE come closer to realizing our dream of finding a new home for the Bulgarian School, Church and Cultural Center “Madara”, and to offer multifunctional social and cultural space to the community.

With your help, we were able to raise over $10,000 including ticket sales, several generous donations, and contribution from sold art and jewelry.

Thank you very much for your support!

photos by Zara Tzanev
http://zarafoto.com
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Donations to the Bulgarian Center are tax-exempt. Your contribution via art/jewelry purchase may be tax deductible (20% of the purchase price for items from Hamilton Art’s catalog and 80% for artwork donated by Bulgarian artists), excluding the 6.25% sales tax and 10% purchase fee. Please consult your tax advisor.

 

In case you need an invoice for the art or jewelry you purchased, please, email us at info@BulgarianCenter.org or call (978) 600-8452.

Bulgarian Center of New England

Bulgarian Rose Fest

The team of the Bulgarian Center of New England (BCNE) would like to express our sincere gratitude to the organizers of the Rose Festival for this wonderful celebration, delicious food, and amazing spirit! Thank you to everyone from Kazanluk and their team for the invitation and the attention they gave to BCNE’s membership drive and our efforts to raise funds for a new building.

We would like to thank all guests, new members and everyone who joined this cheerful festival! We are happy to report that 12 new members joined BCNE and we collected $438 from membership fee and donations including donations from the sale of Krassimira Stoynova’s book, who gratiously donated the books for this fundrauising effort. As a reminder, the membership fee offers ability to vote and 10% discount to tickets for all BCNE’s events this year as well as an opportunity to take leadership role and create valuable contacts.

Thank you for the support! Please visit us at bulgariancenter.org and don’t forget to check out our Events page!

Have a wonderful summer and safe travels!

BCNE Team

Concert dedicated to the BCNE – Gergana Haralampieva, violin, and Zlatomir Fung, cello

On June 13th, 2013 a great event dedicated to the Bulgarian Center of New England was held at Bradley Hall of Rivers School Conservatory, Weston, MA.
Two young, established and recognized musicians, not only in USA but also in Europe-Gergana Haralampieva (violin) and Zlatomir Fung (cello), expressed their support to the Bulgarian Center of New England with a wonderful concert. Their performance of music by Schubert, Janacek, Veber, Martinu and duet work with motives from Bulgarian folklore, written especially for the occasion by Zlatomir, was nothing short of brilliant.

The concert was organized by the parents of the musicians. They were very happy of the opportunity to promote the fundraising campaign of the Bulgarian Center in New England to the American audience. Tanya Haralampieva, Gergana’s mother, said that some of their American friends were sad of being unable to come to the concert, but were glad to still be able to make a donation for the cause.

The total amount raised from the event is $ 825.

You can see photos by the photographer Zara Tzanev here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/32429468@N00/sets/72157634128782818/

The team of the Bulgarian Center in New England would like to expresses our gratefulness to the musicians, their families, the members of the center and all guests and donors who helped for this beautiful and successful evening! We also would like to send our special gratitude to Rivers School Conservatory for providing a free place for the concert!