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11-3 Modern Bulgarian Language courses


This article is from the Bulgaria FAQ, by Dragomir R. Radev radev@tune.cs.columbia.edu with numerous contributions by others.

11-3 Modern Bulgarian Language courses

(by Kitty Kagay, Ken Grau, Prashant Dave, and Dragomir R. Radev)
In response to Dennis Godfrey's 20th January message regarding the U.S. State
Department's Foreign Service Institute's language course.

It may be of interest that there is another complete set of Bulgarian course
materials available through Slavica Press of Ohio. This course also assumes no
previous knowledge of Bulgarian or any other Slavic language. The course has
supplementary materials which are designed specifically for self-study.

The core-text, titled: A Course in Modern Bulgarian (by Milka Hubernova, Ana
Dzhumadanova & Milka Marinova, Columbus, Ohio: Slavica Publishing, 1983;
Library of Congress number: PG 835 K48x 1983) comes in two parts of about 300
pages each. The two parts consists of 62 lessons with about 60 pages of
additional readings. There is enough material in the two volumes for a 2-3
year university course sequence. Best of all, each volume ends with a 40 page
Bulgarian-English glossary consisting of vocabulary from both volumes. This
glossary is a student's dream supplying accents, plurals, verb conjugations
and aspect, and various irregulars. This feature alone is worth the price of
the book. Note that the two volumes are available separately.

The six-volume supplemental workbooks for self-study for so-called
"Individualized Instruction". The materials are divided into workbooks
titled: Elementary Bulgarian 1, Elementary Bulgarian 2, Intermediate Bulgarian
1, Intermediate Bulgarian 2, Advanced Bulgarian 1, and Advanced Bulgarian 2.
Intermediate Bulgarian 2 is by Lyubomira Parpulova-Gribble and Catherine
Rudin and the other five volumes are by Charles E. Gribble and Lyubomira
Parpulova-Gribble. In addition, each volume has a Teacher's Manual containing
tests, transcriptions of material on the tapes, etc. There is also a set of
tapes. The workbooks, Teacher's Manual, and tapes are available from:

Center for Slavic and Eastern European Studies
Ohio State University
Dulles Hall
230 West 17th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Telephone: 614-292-8770

The first three workbooks cover the material in part one of the Hubenova text
and the last three workbooks part two of the Hubenova text. These materials
add more exercises, give additional grammatical explanations, add cultural
notes, provide additional reading materials, etc. In addition, these offer
two major features: supplementary note to the core text explaining points
which the Bulgarian authors have overlooked because of their native speakers'
"blind spot" and an answer key to the exercises. The workbooks are available
singly with each covering several (10?) lessons.

Finally, a set of audio cassette tapes is available for volume one of the core
text (lessons 1-26). These tapes include a reading of the text from each
chapter, some drills and exercises, plus a few additional readings of some
short texts.

The textbook and workbooks are all softbound and inexpensive. I don't know
the price of the tapes as a set since the tapes I used were obtained by my
university. I have read through parts of the State Department's text but it
is the Hubenova text that our class worked through systematically. Comparing
the two, I think each has significant shortcomings as well as strengths. My
opinion is that there is no definitive text for the study of Bulgarian (as of
now). Incidentally, I found the State Department's text in my local library
which may be an option for those who like to browse before buying (Bulgarian
Basic Courses, United State Foreign Service Institute. Dewey call number: 491

For those interested in the Hubenova text, the company is Slavica Publishers.
From the publishers written statement in an 1987 book of theirs:

"Slavica publishes a wide variety of textbooks and scholarly books on the
languages, peoples, literatures, cultures, history, etc. of the USSR and
Eastern Europe. For a complete catalog of books and journals from Slavica,
with prices and ordering information, write to:

Slavica Publishers, Inc.
P O Box 14388
Columbus, Ohio 43214 - 0388
Phone: 614 - 268 - 4002

Here is a short bibliography (from "Bulgarian" by Charles A. Moser, the
George Washington University).


1. Charles A. Moser. Bulgarian (The George Washington University:
Washington, DC 1991)

2. Albert Bates Lord. Beginning Bulgarian (The Hague: Mouton, 1962)

3. Milka Hubenova, Ana Dzhumadanova. A Course in Modern Bulgarian 1,2.
Slavica Publishers: Columbus, Ohio, 1983)

Part 1, viii + 303 p. 1983 ( ISBN:0-89357-104-0), $ 16.95
Part 2, ix + 303 p., 1983 (ISBN: 0-89357-105-9), $ 16.95.

4. Charles Gribble and Lyubomira Parpulova-Gribble. Elementary Bulgarian 1,2.
Bulgarian Individualized Instruction (Ohio State University: Columbus,
Ohio, 1984)

5. Lyubomira Parpulova-Gribble and Charles Gribble. Advanced Bulgarian 1,2.
Bulgarian Individualized Instruction (Ohio State University: Columbus,
Ohio, 1987)

6. James Augerot & Nikolay Popov. Bqlgarski ezik: A University Course in the
Bulgarian Language (Seattle, 1987)


1. Leon Beaulieux. Grammaire de la langue bulgare (Institut d'etudes slaves:
Paris, 1950)

2. Ernest Scatton. A Reference Grammar of Modern Bulgarian (Slavica Publishers:
Columbus, Ohio, 1984)


1. Ernest Scatton. Bulgarian Phonology (Slavica Publishers: Cambridge, Massa-
chusetts, 1975)

2. Charles Gribble. Reading Bulgarian Through Russian (Slavica Publishers:
Columbus, Ohio, 1987)


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