Bulgaria

 

Bulgaria is one of the few exotic nations of Europe, due to the fact that it boasts state-of-the-art beaches, lovely churches, winter sport opportunities, to name a few. Although it is not regularly visited compared to other European nations, it is a beautiful place, with a wide range of activities for a traveller to do.

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Bulgarian is a southern Slavic language, mutually intelligible with Macedonian (variant of Bulgarian) and closely related to Serbo-Croatian, Slovene and Russian. If you know any of these (or another Slavic language) you shouldn’t have much problem getting by. Ancient Bulgarian (also known as Church Slavonic) is considered the “Latin” or mother language of the Balto-Slavs. Some words or/and phrases might even be understood by Westerners since Bulgarian has a number of loans from other languages (most notably French, German, Turkish, Italian and increasingly English).

It is also important to remember the fact that many Bulgarians – contrary to most nationalities – shake their head for Yes and nod for No! It is better to rely on the words da for yes and ne for no than on head movements. Bulgarians often use ciao for good-bye (instead of “Dovijdane”) and merci for thank you (instead of “Blagodarya”).

Most young Bulgarians have at least a basic knowledge of English or/and a second foreign language (, usually Russian, but German, French or Spanish can also be spoken) and will often even take up a third one. Those born before the mid-1980’s are most likely to speak Russian, German (because of ties with East Germany) or/and Serbo-Croatian and usually have limited or zero knowledge of English at all.

(source: Wikitravel)

 

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