Programs

BCNE is pleased to offer Bulgarian classes for adults again this fall, starting on October 19, 2019 and will continue through end of April 2020, at the Bulgarian School at 411 Waverley Oaks in Waltham, MA.

Interested in signing up? Please fill out this form.

Beginner Bulgarian for Busy Adults: Saturdays, starting October 19, 2019, 3:00-4:20 pm. (Group 1)

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. Our hope is that at the end of the semester students will be able to read and write in the Cyrillic alphabet, to introduce themselves and other people; to speak about themselves and their environment.

Suggested practice at home: between 2 and 6 hours weekly.

Textbooks for this class:

1) Здравейте! Учебник по български език за чужденци А1 – А2, published by New Bulgarian University. A limited number of textbooks will be available for purchase from the instructor at the first day of class. Or, you can order it here from Bulgaria.

Please order your book as soon as possible to allow enough time for international shipping (about two weeks).  We will arrange for materials for the first several classes until textbooks arrive.

3) Grammar Matters: Bulgarian Grammar in Charts – this is a guide with great explanation of grammatical rules in English. (Order from Amazon here.) All other materials will be provided by the instructor.

Advanced Beginner Bulgarian for Busy Adults: Saturdays, starting October 19, 2019, 4:30 -5:50 pm. (Group 2)

This is an advanced beginner 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 and future tense verbs and their conjugations. At the end of the semester, students will be able to speak about themselves and their environment, ask questions and provide information about people, objects and places, and talk about their daily activities and their interests in the past, present, and future tense.

We suggest between 2 and 6 hours of homework for this class weekly.

Textbooks for this class:

1) Здравейте! Учебник по български език за чужденци А1 – А2, published by New Bulgarian University. — We will start with the last couple lessons in this book . If you do not have this book already, no need to buy it. 

2) Здравейте! Учебник по български език за чужденци B1 – B2, published by New Bulgarian University.

This is a new textbook for us and we are quite excited to introduce it! A limited number of textbooks will be available for purchase from the instructor at the first day of class. Or, you can order it here from Bulgaria.

Please order your book as soon as possible to allow enough time for international shipping (about two weeks).  We will arrange for materials for the first several classes until textbooks arrive.

3) Grammar Matters: Bulgarian Grammar in Charts – this is a guide with great explanation of grammatical rules in English. (Order from Amazon here.) All other materials will be provided by the instructor.

Membership payment could be done on the first day of class by filling out a Membership Form in class and providing a check or online at 
http://bulgariancenter.org/membership

Tuition for 2019-2020 course (23 classes) is $520.  BCNE members* receive a membership discount and tuition is $450 (paid membership receipt must be provided first day of class). Tuition is payable by check to BCNE on October 19, 2019.

*Individual annual membership $50; Family annual membership $75.

All contributions from the class, after expenses, go towards the capital campaign raising funds towards a home for the Bulgarian community. 

Tentative Course Schedule (23 classes): 


10/19/2019
10/26/2019
11/2/2019
11/9/2019
11/16/2019
11/30/2019
12/7/2019
12/14/2019
12/28/2019
1/4/2020
1/11/2020
1/25/2020
2/1/2020
2/8/2020
2/15/2020
2/29/2020
3/14/2020
3/21/2020
3/28/2020
4/4/2020
4/11/2020
4/18/2020
4/25/2020 Last Class Celebration. In case of a cancellation, last class will be held on 5/02/2020

To sign up for a class please email us at info@bulgariancenter.org no later than October 9, 2019. We need an active e-mail, phone number, first/last name and level of class preference. It would be great if you could 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. We do allow students in the basic group to stay for the second class without additional charge if they feel that their level is slightly above basic. This is important, even if you have spoken to us before!

The Bulgarian courses for adults are organized by BCNE to serve the Bulgarian community and its friends in New England and is open to all interested individuals, no matter your level! BCNE Members* receive a tuition discount. Please renew your membership for 2019 before beginning of the class; membership is $50 for individual and $75 for family and it could be paid online at www.bulgariancenter.org. Your membership receipt must be brought to the first class.

*Members 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 BCNE capital campaign. 

Please note that there is an enrollment cap so register as soon as possible at info@bulgariancenter.org.

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

Nadia, Inna, Rumi


About the instructors

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Nadia Marcheva Ullman is currently a full-time mom to two children at the Bulgarian School and looks forward to teaching another year of Bulgarian to grown ups of all ages.
Nadia’s professional background is in government: she served as a Senior Policy Advisor to Framingham’s first Mayor, Yvonne Spicer, and was one of the first (if not the first) Bulgarian immigrant to be elected to Town Meeting in the state of Massachusetts. 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.

Inna Ivers is our newest teacher. She comes to the Bulgarian school with over a decade of experience in teaching bibliographic instruction and IT at various libraries and library systems in Bulgaria and Massachusetts. She is currently the IT Director of a busy public library in Metro-Boston. Inna has been a member of the BCNE Board of Directors since 2016. She is excited to support her Bulgarian and American communities in teaching her native language.

Rumi Pavlova leads the administrative work of the language program.  Rumi is experienced teacher who has taught children and adults at the Bulgarian school in Boston since 2010 and as of 2016, English as a second language. Prior to moving to the USA in 2002, Rumi studied education and taught Bulgarian in elementary school. She holds an MBA in finance and international business from Clark University, Worcester MA and a BA in management and community development. Rumi has more than 15 years of professional experience in the private and public sector, including among other things, education. Currently, she works at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Rumi is one of the co-founders of BCNE and is a member of the Board of Directors. She is passionate about sharing her Bulgarian heritage and language with cross-cultural families and the friends of the Bulgarian community.