BCNE is pleased to offer Bulgarian classes for adults again this fall, starting on October 15, 2016 and through April 2017, 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. The specific schedule will be provided the first day of class. We are waiting for final room confirmation and will send the tuition information in a separate communication. To sign up for a class please email Nadia at and Rumi at not later than September 28, 2016 We need an active e-mail, phone number, first/last name and level of Bulgarian language knowledge or class level preference. This is important, even if you have spoken to us before!

Beginner Bulgarian for Busy Adults: Saturdays, starting October 15, 3:00-4:20 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.

Intermediate Bulgarian for Busy Adults: Saturdays, starting October 15, 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 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. We suggest between 2 and 6 hours of homework for this class.

Intermediate Topics in Bulgarian: Saturdays, starting October 15, 4:30 -5:50 pm.
Depending on the interest and number of students, we may offer this class instead of Intermediate Bulgarian for Busy Adults. This class will offer a more advanced practice in Bulgarian as a foreign language. Prerequisite: Intermediate level speaker and a good understanding of Bulgarian grammar, including the verb conjugations in the present and future tense. We will introduce the past tenses and swiftly move onto story telling through different topics: current events in the economy, politics, society, and culture; literature; history, geography,and art. The focus of this class will be acquiring and practicing new vocabulary and getting comfortable with the spoken language. Completing between 2 and 6 hours of homework for this class will be essential for your success.

The textbook for all classes will be Здравейте, published by New Bulgarian University. It will be available for purchase from the instructor at the first day of class. We also suggest “Grammar Matters: Bulgarian Grammar in Charts” for a great explanation of grammatical rules in English. All other materials will be provided by the instructor.

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

Class Tuition:
BCNE Non-Members: $470
BCNE Members: $410 + membership*
*Individual membership: $50
Family membership: $75
Payments of membership could be done online at Please bring a print out of your membership to the first class. Tuition is payable by check to BCNE on October 15, 2016.


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.

BCNE members receive a tuition discount.

*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 Please print out your membership receipt and bring it to 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 (personal: or Nadia Ullman at 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!