Programs

Bulgarian Classes for Busy Adults 2020-2021

BCNE is pleased to offer Bulgarian classes for adults again this fall, starting on October 17, 2020 through the end of April 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we plan on holding the classes online this year. If things get better in the next few months, we may transition to a hybrid model. We will be using an online learning management platform and will email additional details to all enrolled students. The first class will be conducted over Zoom. The link will be emailed to all interested. Classes will be once per week, on Saturdays most likely from 3pm to 6:00pm in two groups: Group 1. Beginners  (3pm-4:20pm) and Group 2. Intermediate (4:30pm – 6pm). Many of our students are parents who have children in the Bulgarian school held at the same time so after the first couple of classes, we may determine a slightly different schedule depending on students’ availability. We may offer a mid-week evening practice session depending on interest and capacity. Classes will not be held on long weekends. 

Interested in signing up? 

Please register here by October 15, 2020: Registration Form

You can pay for the class online with your credit card. BCNE members receive a $50 membership discount. Tuition is payable by check to BCNE on or before 10/17/2020. Individual annual membership is $50; Family annual membership $75. All contributions from the class go towards refinishing and maintaining our new community home in Billerica.  

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Beginner Bulgarian for Busy Adults (Group 1) 

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 use the Cyrillic alphabet with ease, 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:

Здравейте! Учебник по български език за чужденци А1 – А2, published by New Bulgarian University. А limited number of textbooks are available for purchase from the instructor, $ 32 + shipping, or contactless drop off can be arranged.

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.


Intermediate Bulgarian for Busy Adults (Group 2) 

An intermediate ( or 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, as well as knowledge of perfective and imperfective aspect of the Bulgarian verbs. 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 and practice weekly. 

Textbooks for this class:

Здравейте! Учебник по български език за чужденци B1 – B2, published by New Bulgarian University. We are excited to start our first class at this level! А limited number of textbooks are available for purchase from the instructor, $ 32 + shipping, or contactless drop off can be arranged.

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. 


Tuition and other important information: 

Tuition for the 2020-2021 courses is $475*.  Please register here by October 15, 2020: Registration Form

  • BCNE members receive a $50 membership discount. Tuition is payable by check to BCNE on or before 10/17/2020. Individual annual membership is $50; Family annual membership $75. All contributions from the class go towards refinishing and maintaining our new community home in Billerica.  

The BCNE Bulgarian courses serve the Bulgarian-American community and its friends in New England and are open to all interested individuals, no matter your level! BCNE Members receive a tuition discount. Please renew your membership for 2020 at www.bulgariancenter.org before the beginning of the class as a confirmation receipt is needed in order to apply for the tuition discount. 

  • 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. 

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

Nadia and Rumi


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About the instructors 

Nadia is currently a full-time mom to two children at the Bulgarian School and looks forward to teaching another year of Bulgarian to the grownups. Nadia’s professional background is in government: she served as a Senior Policy Advisor to Framingham’s first Mayor, Yvonne Spicer, and is to our knowledge, the first Bulgarian immigrant 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 serves on the BCNE Board of Directors and enjoys teaching her native language.  

Rumi leads the administrative work of the language program and teaches as needed.  She is an experienced teacher of children and adults at the Bulgarian school in Boston. Prior to moving to the US, she studied education and taught at elementary school level. She holds an MBA in finance and international business from Clark University, Worcester MA, and a BA in management and community development. Currently, Rumi works for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in policy and finance. She is one of the co-founders of BCNE, a member of the Board of Directors, and is passionate about sharing her Bulgarian heritage and language with cross-cultural families. 

In the 2019-2020 school year, this program received a grant from the Waltham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.