2nd Edition

Colloquial Bulgarian

By Kjetil Ra Hauge, Yovka Tisheva Copyright 2006

    Colloquial Bulgarian: The Complete Course for Beginners has been carefully developed by an experienced teacher to provide a step-by-step course to Bulgarian as it is written and spoken today.

    Combining a clear, practical and accessible style with a methodical and thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Bulgarian in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required. Colloquial Bulgarian is exceptional; each unit presents a wealth of grammatical points that are reinforced with a wide range of exercises for regular practice. A full answer key, a grammar summary, bilingual glossaries and English translations of dialogues can be found at the back as well as useful vocabulary lists throughout.

    Key features include:

    A clear, user-friendly format designed to help learners progressively build up their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills

    Jargon-free, succinct and clearly structured explanations of grammar

    An extensive range of focused and dynamic supportive exercises

    Realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of narrative situations

    Helpful cultural points explaining the customs and features of life in Bulgaria

    An overview of the sounds and alphabet of Bulgarian

    Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Bulgarian is an indispensable resource both for independent learners and students taking courses in Bulgarian.

    Audio material to accompany the course is available to download freely in MP3 format from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials. Recorded by native speakers, the audio material features the dialogues and texts from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.


    Kjetil Ra Hauge is Senior Lecturer in Bulgarian at the University of Oslo and author of a Bulgarian Grammar recently published by Slavica in the US.  A Norwegian with impeccable English. 

    His co-author, Yovka Tisheva is a native Bulgarian and currently Assoc. Professor of Bulgarian grammar at Sofia University with experience of teaching Bulgarian as a foreign language. 

    'Based on a close reading of the materials submitted to me for review, I highly recommend acceptance of the proposal for a new edition of Colloquial Bulgarian...The table of contents presents a picture of a work with a truly excellent overall structure' John Leafgren , University of Arizona.

    'It is well organised, interesting, and adequate to the concept of learning to speak a language...more attractive and complete that some existing competitive materials', Mariela Dakova, Boston College, MA

    '...an ambitious introductory Bulgarian course..The format of the sample lesson is attractive...the grammar exercises are generally well done', Robert Greenberg, University of North Carolina.