Bulgarian FAQs

A list of frequently asked questions concerning Bulgarian and learning Bulgarian. If you don't find the answer to your question, please get in touch, we're happy to help!

Where is Bulgarian spoken?

Bulgarian is a South Slavic language spoken in Southeastern Europe, primarily in Bulgaria. Bulgarian speaking communities are also found in many South and Eastern European Countries such as Greece, Serbia, Montenegro, Moldova, Romania, Turkey and the Ukraine. It is also spoken in Canada, Hungary, Israel, and the U.S.

How many people speak Bulgarian?

According to a study of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAN), around fifteen million people across the world speak the Bulgarian language.

Around 7 million speakers live in Bulgaria, and the other 8 million in Southern and Eastern Europe, as well as other countries around the world, such as, for instance, the US and Canada.

Unfortunately, no estimate of the number of learners of Bulgarian is available.

What makes Bulgarian difficult to learn?

The difficulty of learning Bulgarian depends on your native language: for instance, it will be a bit easier to learn for speakers of other Slavic languages.

Here are a few things that can make learning Bulgarian difficult:

  • the Cyrillic script (if your native language uses another type of script)
  • there are a few sounds that are typical for Slavic languages but may be hard to master for speakers of other languages
  • the verb conjugation system is rather complex in Bulgarian
  • the category of gender in nouns can be tricky to master as well.

However, there is nothing about Bulgarian that you cannot master through some effort and regular practice.

Is Bulgarian a Slavic language?

Bulgarian is a South Slavic language. Other South Slavic languages include Macedonian, Slovene and Serbo-Croatian.

Other Slavic languages are:

  • East Slavic: Belorussian, Russian, Ukrainian
  • West Slavic: Czech, Slovak, Polish

Bulgarian Vocabulary Books

Learn Bulgarian - Quick / Easy / Efficient

Learn Bulgarian - Quick / Easy / Efficient

This vocabulary book is a curated Bulgarian word frequency list with 2000 of the most common Bulgarian words and phrases. Following the Pareto principle (80/20 rule), this book is built to streamline the learning process by concentrating on the core words and sentence structures. The result is a unique book ideal for driven learners and language hackers.
Bulgarian Vocabulary Book

Bulgarian Vocabulary Book

This Bulgarian vocabulary book contains more than 3000 words and phrases and is organized by topic to make it easier for you to pick what to learn first. It is well suited for learners of all levels who are looking for an extensive resource to improve their vocabulary or are interested in learning vocabularies in one particular area of interest.

Bulgarian Flashcards

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