Last Friday we had a Bulgarian Lesson in London 🙂
The idea to organize such an event came to me one day, because my fiance says that he best learns the language when he’s surrounded by Bulgarians and listens to them talking. So I thought: let’s have meet up somewhere in London to have a fun night out and maybe even practice some Bulgarian words.
At first, I created an event on Facebook and invited my Bulgarian friends which live in London. It wasn’t only for Robert to learn to speak, so I opened the event for my friends to invite more guests. I know a few couples in which the partner would probably like to know a few words in their girlfriend’s language.
This is how our Facebook cover looks like – showing the huge variety of people, places, traditions and modern events you can find in Bulgaria:
We found a nice venue in Islington where we could have some drinks and snacks – the Vineyard. The staff was very hospitable and even though the bar was packed on a Friday night, the service was very good!
As it was expected, the teachers were a lot more than the students, but that didn’t stop us from having fun. I think the most practiced word was Наздраве (Bulgarian for “Cheers”) – we have to start from somewhere 🙂
Everyone was free to join or leave depending on their work schedule. We didn’t take any pictures of the students, which arrived late, because we moved to a different venue. Here is a sneak of the Masterclass group!
I asked the teachers why they want to help others to learn Bulgarian and here are the answers I got:
- For a better communication
- Because it’s my home language
- It’s fun!
- I want to make it more popular
- Because of my boyfriend
Then I asked why the students are interested in learning Bulgarian:
- It’s kind of fantastic
- Interested to visit Bulgaria
- Because I’m getting married to a Bulgarian woman!!! (I wonder who that is…)
- To speak to my girlfriend’s mum! (That’s so sweet)
- I like showing people the frozen bus stop in Varna.
It was a really good lesson and we know now who’s up for the idea. I’m thinking where to make the next one. I’ll try to book a whole room for us, if we are enough people and I’m planning to have different chats, to study certain vocabulary on each meeting and give tasks between teachers/students.
It can be a lot of fun, a great way to meet new people and make friends, while learning a few words in a different language. If you want to join us for our next #BulgarianLesson whether you’re a student or a teacher, make sure to check for updates on my Twitter and Facebook page.
I’d love to hear from you! 🙂