My name is Kiril Tanev and I am from the capital of Bulgaria - Sofia, but have been living in Veliko Tarnovo for over 20 years.
I have always been involved in teaching. My university education was in Bulgarian Philology and i have been teaching ever since. I started off teaching English to Bulgarian students in the 1990s but as more and more foreign students came to Bulgaria and the popularity of Bulgaria increased there was more people wanting to learn our language. It is a real pleasure for me to teach Bulgarian - which is such a rich and beautiful language.
I have taught people from all over the world to speak Bulgarian and like to see that people enjoy the experience of learning. It is important to learn not only the language but also the culture and the people - that way you will learn Bulgarian much quicker and easier.
Andy is invaluable to us as he has gone through the process of learning Bulgarian from scratch and now holds the maximum Bulgarian proficiency certificates from the two respected universites of Sofia and Veliko Tarnovo.
Andy first came to Bulgaria in 2005 not knowing a word of Bulgarian. In 2005 and 2006 he studied Bulgarian at the Department of Foreign Languages in Sofia University. He then went on to be employed by a number of Bulgarian firms and organistions with roles ranging from interpreting to I.T. Andy first started teaching Bulgarian to groups of UK volunteers in Bulgaria on European Union projects. He believes the key to learning Bulgarian is strong motivation, not being afraid to make mistakes and to immerse yourself in the Bulgarian language and culture.
Andy has put his Bulgarian to good use and has made several appearances on a popular Bulgarian chat show (see him in action here), a guest appearance in a comedy sitcom and various interviews on radio and for newspapers. Far away from his native Wales he loves mountain hiking and tries his best to learn Bulgarian dances - although the biggest compliment from the Bulgarians he has received for his dance efforts so far is 'he's very enthusiastic'. Never mind Andy keep on trying!
Andy often runs a Free introductory Bulgarian course via Skype
Most people starting to learn Bulgarian feel more comfortable having instruction in their native language. This means that the correct meaning of words can be quickly understood and explanation can be more easily sought. We can deliver the lessons in English, Polish and Russian. However, teaching solely in Bulgarian even from the outset does have its advantages. The learner is free to choose the language of the above mentioned with which they feel most comfortable.
Every one of us has learnt our own language without even trying to. Admittedly it won't be as easy as when you began to pick up your first language but there is no reason why you can't do it - and have fun doing it too! Our lessons are not just centred around a desk and a blackboard. Apart from all lessons being conducted in a relaxed environment we often conduct lessons out in the real world - we sometimes go out and practice buying some bread, ordering some coffee, negotiating the public transport system or even just walking and having a chat (in Bulgarian!:))
Our 1 week Bulgarian course consists of 5 Bulgarian lessons of an hour duration. Learn how to read Bulgarian, the Bulgarian numbers, introduce yourself, be able to order a beer for you and your Bulgarian teacher :) Although the recommended course duration is 1 week you can choose to take the 5 lessons in a shorter or longer time frame.
A 2 week course of ten one hour lessons. Learn a bit more than the bare essentials. Useful Bulgarian phrases that will make conversation with Bulgarians more interesting and fun. Make sure you leave a good impression on the Bulgarian locals and they may even treat you a beer. This course consists of 10 lessons and you can take the lessons to suit your timetable.
Ideal if you are planning on staying in Bulgaria for any significant period of time. This course gives you a good foundation in the Bulgarian language. You will learn how to express yourself in Bulgarian, give opinions, ask questions and be able to communicate in a wide range of everyday situations. A course of 20 lessons that can be taken over whatever period best suits you.
The aim of this course is to reach fluency in the Bulgarian language. Express yourself freely in any situation, be able to work in a Bulgarian professional environment and capable of immersing yourself completely in the Bulgarian way of life. 300 lessons make up the standard 9 month course - but programmes are student flexible meaning you can take more or less, depending on your chosen pace of study.