The first thing to know about the Bulgarian language is that it uses the Cyrillic alphabet created by St. Constantine the Philosopher (Cyril) – specifically for the Bulgarians – in the year 855 AD. Bulgarians are very proud of the language, since its creation has played a major role in the development of Bulgarian culture and traditions. If, however, you’re freaked out about all those new symbols, have no fear: You can easily get around in Bulgaria because many signboards are actually written in English. But, in the end, there’s no getting away from it… If you would like to be able to examine your patients on your own or away from Med school, explore Bulgaria on your own, it would be good to pay attention during Bulgarian langauge classes in the first two years of university. You will also gain some extra compliments from your teacher in the clinic when you’re able to interview your patient without them translating for you. It’s also the best for you to understand what the patient wants to tell you.
It’s definitely not as hard as it looks! A lot of the letters are pretty much the same, and the few that are different are easy to remember. At the bottom of this page you will find a basic guide to the Bulgarian alphabet and a few phrases that you might find useful.
As an extra service, we will provide you with some lists and learning tips for the Bulgarian language and also the phrases you need to know to examine your patient, later during the application process.
Have fun exploring the language 🙂