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Teach Yourself, 2009 - Bulgarian language - 333 pages
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Teach Yourself Bulgarian is a complete course for beginners in spoken and written Bulgarian. It aims to teach you to understand and use the contemporary language in a variety of typical, everyday situations. Above all, it is functional, enabling you to communicate and interact, using the language for positive, practical purposes. You are introduced to the Bulgarian alphabet right from the start of the course and there is help with both reading and writing the Cyrillic script throughout the book

The course is divided into 20 carefully graded and interlocking units. Each unit is devoted to a particular topic or situation and each successive unit builds naturally on the material covered in previous units.

The first half of the book is a basic grammar and thematic 'survival kit'. The emphasis here is on the present tense and on immediate situations such as those you would encounter in Bulgaria.

From unit 10 you progress to learn about the other tenses and more advanced grammar. As your grammar and vocabulary increase, you will be able to make more use of the tables and lists in the Appendix at the back of the book.

New language is introduced via the dialogues which are available separately on CD (978 0340 987360) or together with the book in a pack (book/CD 978 0340 987353). The recording will also help you with your pronunciation and give you extra practice with listening comprehension.

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About the author (2009)

Dr. Mira Kovatcheva, Associate Professor in the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Sofia. Currently lectures on History of English, Languages in Contact, Formation of Slang. Dr Kovatcheva has been teaching Bulgarian as a foreign language since 1989 when on a three-year secondment to Leeds University. Jointly authored (with Professor Michael Holman) Teach Yourself Bulgarian (Hodder & Stoughton, 1993, revised second edition 2003). Since 1994 has conducted the Bulgarian oral examinations for the Test and Examination Services of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Language Group. Regularly teaches Bulgarian as a foreign language to visiting academics under the Fullbright Exchange Program. Recently authored a self-study sourcebook for advanced learners of Bulgarian: Bulgarian: Beyond the First Steps (Prosveta, Sofia 2005).

Michael Holman, Emeritus Professor of Russian and Slavonic Studies, University of Leeds. Taught Bulgarian and Russian at Leeds 1966-1999. Has translated from Bulgarian and written on a variety of Bulgarian-related topics. While at Leeds and since taking early retirement has sought to promote Anglo-Bulgarian cultural interchange. For this he was awarded the 'Order of Stara Planina' (First Class) by the Bulgarian Government and an honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Sofia. Jointly authored (with Dr Mira Kovatcheva) Teach Yourself Bulgarian (Hodder & Stoughton, 1993, revised second edition 2003).

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