Bulgarian as a foreign language Class for Parents

We are happy to announce that the  ongoing class Bulgarian for Parents will continue with the same schedule during the Spring Semester and will resume it’s meetings on January 10th, 2015.  Below are some details about the two levels of the class, the instructors, dates and tuition. If you or someone you know has an interest in taking the class, please send us an e-mail at info@bulgariancenter.org or respond directly to Rumi or Nadia. Please share this e-mail with anyone who might be interested.

А Б В – Аn introductory Practice Course in Bulgarian for Busy Adults

Saturdays, 3:05 pm – 4:25 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 to interaction with Bulgarian family and friends. 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, Bulgarian traditions, culture, history, and geographic areas. Classes may include guest instructors. No prior knowledge of Bulgarian 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.

Beginners Bulgarian for Busy Adults

Saturdays, 4:35– 5:55 pm

This is a beginners practice course in Bulgarian as a foreign language.At the end of the semester, students will be able to read and write in the Bulgarian language, to introduce themselves and other people; to speak about themselves and their environment; 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.  Knowledge of the Bulgarian alphabet and ability to sound out Bulgarian text is a prerequisite for this class.  In this class you will be working at your own pace. At the end of each class we will make suggestions for further practice at home, but we will not be covering this ‘homework’ in class, nor shall we expect you to have completed it. We will do our best to meet every student at their level and interest in learning Bulgarian and are excited to join you on this journey!

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.

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 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 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.  Tuition for BCNE members: $340 for the semester (25 classes) *please renew your membership for 2014 if you haven’t done so already.

Tuition for non-BCNE members: $390 for the semester (25 classes). Tuition could be paid in two installments – first payment (1/2 tuition) due October 18, 2014, second payment due January 24, 2015).
*For those who wish to start from January, the subscription for the Spring Semester now is open.

Classes Schedule:

Classes take place on Saturdays, in the building of the Bulgarian School at 411 Waverley Oaks, Waltham, MA.


October 18, 2014
December 13, 2014
February 28, 2015
April 25, 2015
October 25, 2014
December 20, 2014
March 7, 2015
May 2, 2015
November 1, 2014
January 10, 2015
March 14, 2015
May 9, 2015
November 8, 2014
January 24, 2015
March 21, 2015
May 16, 2015
November 15, 2014
January 31, 2015
March 28, 2015
November 22, 2014
February 7, 2015
April 11, 2015
*Make up day if needed
December 6, 2014
February 21, 2015
April 18, 2015
*May 30, 2015

Textbook:>Здравейте! Учебник по български език за чужденци А1 – А2 (25.65 Lv. or ~$25 with S&H) 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:


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 adjust the topics / structure to fit the group’s needs.

Come study Bulgarian with us!

Rumi & Nadia