Bulgarian belongs to the southern branch of the Slavic language family, along with Macedonian, Serbian, Croatian, Slovenian and Bosnian. If you decide to learn Bulgarian you do not just gain access to one language, but you start to unlock others as well. Meaning, that if you understand Bulgarian, you will understand most of Macedonian, and to a lesser extent Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, and Slovenian. Therefore knowing a language such as Bulgarian can be a fantastic asset, especially when travelling around the Balkans.
Bulgaria’s rich history and culture
Bulgaria is a popular tourist destination thanks to its beautiful landscape. It boasts mountains that are great for hiking or skiing and snowboarding during the winter months. During the summer, the beaches are popular destinations. One thing I like really like about Bulgaria is its rich history, especially its ancient Thracian, Roman, and Byzantine ruins. Also, speaking the language is obviously extremely useful when travelling throughout the country. Bulgarian is also a bit of a hidden gem in Europe, many people spend their summer holidays in busy places like Italy and Croatia whereas Bulgaria feels a bit off the beaten track with fewer tourists.
Visiting and Travelling around Bulgaria will be easier
As I mentioned above, Bulgaria has an extremely rich history and has been home to many civilisations from the Thracians to the Byzantines and to most recently the Ottomans, therefore there are many sights to visit and discover thanks to this rich history. Even though nowadays Bulgaria is becoming a more popular tourist destination there are still many people in Bulgaria who do not speak English. While most of the younger generation of Bulgarians can speak English to varying degrees, the older generations (such as parents and grandparents) do not fare so well, therefore learning the language can help you communicate with them. I must also mention Bulgarians are very proud of their language and extremely helpful especially when they find out that you’re learning Bulgarian. So if you are planning on visiting Bulgaria it definitely is worth learning even some basic words, and expressions in order to make your life easier.
When I come across someone learning Bulgarian, one of the most common answers I get for why they are learning Bulgarian is that they have a Bulgarian boyfriend or girlfriend. It is even the reason why I started learning the language myself. Typically, when learning a language there is a romance period that lasts around three months, after this period, many people’s motivation begins to falter. Love is an extremely strong motivator because you want to be able to connect with your partner, learning their language can perhaps help you to get to know a different side of them that you would have never known if you did not bother to learn their language. Perhaps you have a Bulgarian partner and you want to be able to speak with their parents or grandparents. All these are good reasons to learn the language.