BCNE is pleased to offer Bulgarian classes for adults again this fall, starting on October 14, 2017 and will continue through end of April 2018, at the Bulgarian School at 411 Waverley Oaks in Waltham, MA.

Below are the class descriptions. Classes will be held each Saturday excluding the long weekends.

Tuition for 2017-2018: 

Non-members: $520

Members: $450 (paid membership receipt must be provided first day of class)

Tuition is payable by check to BCNE on October 14, 2017.  Payments of membership could be done first day of class by check or online at

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 (22 classes): 

10/14/2017 11/4/2017 12/2/2017 1/6/2018 2/3/2018 3/10/2018 4/14/2018
10/21/2017 11/11/2017 12/9/2017 1/13/2018 2/10/2018 3/17/2018 4/21/2018
10/28/2017 11/18/2017 12/16/2017 1/20/2018 2/24/2018 3/24/2018 4/28/2018

To sign up for a class please email Nadia at and Rumi at not later than September 28, 2017We 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! 

Beginner Bulgarian for Busy Adults: Saturdays, starting October 143:00-4:20 pm

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.

Textbooks for Group 1:

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. Otherwise, here is the link to order

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.  The textbook can be purchased on Helikon’s website below: Helikon Online Store

2) Grammar Matters: Bulgarian Grammar in Charts – this is a guide with great explanation of grammatical rules in English. (To purchase: All other materials will be provided by the instructor.

Intermediate Bulgarian for Busy Adults: Saturdays, starting October 14, 4:30 -5:50 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 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.

Textbooks for Group 2: 

1) The textbook for this class will be Български Език за Чужденци, втора част.

A limited number of textbooks will be available for purchase from the instructor at the first day of class. Otherwise, you can order it here.

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


About the instructors


Nadia Marcheva Ullman is a talent acquisition manager with over ten years of experience 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 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 is a Policy Director 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 Bulganin community.

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 2017 before beginning of the class; membership is $50 for individual and $75 for family and it could be paid online at 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 email Rumi Pavlova at (personal: or Nadia Ullman at by September 28, 2017. Please note that there is an enrollment cap so register as soon as possible.

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

Rumi & Nadia