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Speak Bulgarian Instantly

Updated on March 31, 2016


български език

Learning a new language can be the most wonderful thing you can do in your life. Some people devote their entire lives to learning a language. Some even learn a multitude of languages. They are called polyglotts. To be able to communicate with a Bulgarian person in their own tongue is something you will never forget and this article will help you to achieve that goal.

Bǎlgarski Ezik

Bulgarian is a member of the southern branch of the Slavic language family. The official language of Bulgaria with 8 million speakers. It uses the Cyrillic writing system and where possible I will include the script. So are you ready to Speak Bulgarian Instantly Using English Words To Help Pronunciation.

Exercise 1 : Hello

Let's begin with saying hello. I know there are formal greetings we can learn, but we are on vacation so we will use the informal word:

zdrasstee ____здрасти

Try these English words : strap key

Bulgarian Phrase : zdrasstee

What it means : Hello

English words : strap key

Pronounced : zdrass tee

Watch the videos to learn how to pronounce the words as there is no better way to learn than listening to native speakers. Throughout I will tell you where on the videos the particular phrases can be heard by minutes and seconds. For example 2:45 means 2 minutes and 45 seconds.

Thanks To BulgarianPod101

Exercise 2 : Where Are The Toilets?

At some stage on our holiday we will need to know where the toilets are. For me it's usually when we arrive at our destination at the airport. We already know how to say hello to someone. Now find out where the toilets are.

Kade e toiletnata _____къде са тоалетните

Bulgarian Phrase : Kade e toiletnata.

What it means : Where Are The Toilets?

English words : laddie bay toilet-catta.

Pronounced : cadday ay toilet-natta.

In the video skip to 3:12. She says the phrase with the word "please" at the end. Kade e toiletnata, molya.

Thanks To Dimi M

Exercise 3 : Thank You

This is just a great word that we can use for thousands of situations.

blagodarya ______благодаря

Bulgarian Phrase : blagodarya.

What it means : Thank You.

English words : flag-go-Maria.

Pronounced : blaggoh-dahria.

In the video skip to 0:09.

Thanks to Dinko Zlatarov

Exercise 4 : Excuse me

Here is another phrase we are bound to use on our vacation. To attract someones attention in a shop or to pass somebody in a busy market.

izvenete ______извинете

Bulgarian Phrase : izvenete.

What it means : Excuse me.

English words : Liz-Ben-Pete-Ray.

Pronounced : izz-venn-eat-ay.

On the video in exercise 3 skip to 0:05.

Exercise 5 : How Much is it?

This phrase is essential for when we go shopping. We are bound to want to know the price of something sooner or later, especially on markets where you might end up bartering. It helps in shops or anywhere, where there is no price displayed.

kolko struva tova_______Колко струва това

Bulgarian Phrase : kolko struva tova

What it means : How Much is it?

English words : doll-tow true-mah low-a.

Pronounced : koll-koh stroo-vah tow-va.

Exercise 6 : I Would Like

I would like or I want are always handy to know. Even if you only point to what it is that you need. The phrase to use is:

iskam ______ искам

Bulgarian Phrase : iskam.

What it means : I Would Like.

English words : miss-dam.

Pronounced : isskam.

Exercise 7 : Drinks

Obviously we can't learn every single item we might want to buy while we're on our holidays, so we will narrow it down to some drinks we may want in a cafe or a bar. Hence there is quite a few words and phrases to get through.

chasha____чаша......chasha cafe____чаша кафе.....chaĭ___чай


Bulgarian Phrase : chasha café....chasha tie.

What it means : cup of coffee....cup of tea.

English words : mash-a café....mash-a tie.

Pronounced : chasha café....chasha tie.

Bulgarian Phrase : bira....mlyako....vino....void.

What it means :

English words : deer-a....bill-bah-low....teen-oh....toyed.

Pronounced : beera....mill-yah-koh....veen-oh....void.

Exercise 8 : Numbers

When we are ordering our drinks we might want more than one so we will need to learn some numbers. Here they are one to five.

edno ...dve ...tri ...chetiri ...pet_______едно, две, три, четири, пет

Bulgarian Phrase : edno ...dve ...tri ...chetiri

What it means : one two three four five.

English words : said-no ...spray ...met.

Pronounced : bed-no ...dvay ...tree ...chet-eerie

Exercise 9 : The Bill / The Check

Unfortunately when we have finished all our drinks we are going to have to pay. So we will need the bill.

smetkata, molya_______сметката, моля

Bulgarian Phrase : smetkata, molya

What it means : The Bill, please

English words : fret-carta, doll-ya

Pronounced : smetkata, molya

Plovdiv, Bulgaria


Exercise 10 : Goodbye

We began with hello so why don't we end with goodbye?


Bulgarian Phrase : dovizhdane.

What it means : Goodbye.

English words : mob-is-tan-way.

Pronounced : dovv-izz-dan-ay.

See video in Exercise 1 at 2:56


Unfortunately our time in the Bulgaria is at an end, but that doesn't mean you won't be able to practise your Bulgarian language. There are many internet sites you can visit or even better you may get to know a Bulgarian person. You may even decide to begin learning the language in it's entirety, which will bring you a lifetime of pleasure. Good luck and until next time...довиждане


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