This course is taught online,
interactively. It is going to be just like the
usual tutoring sessions (if you did that before),
except the 2 persons are not in the same room, but
connected via Internet, namely by a voice
conference application. Don't be terrified! A lot
of school children can cope with that in many
places of the world. We do not offer you to study
the language with the help of a computer! We
consider irrelevant the programs and textbooks,
offered by many web sites and publishers, trying
to convince you of the possibility to learn one of
the hardest languages on your own. We offer you to
study in the tested old-fashioned way with the
guidance of our qualified tutors. It is very easy,
since we are working only with a textbook. We will
e-mail you the first pages of the textbook for the
free demo lesson and if you like it and decide to
enroll in a course, we will send you via Post
Office or DHL the textbook appropriate for your
level. For those, who prefer traditional lessons
in a classroom, we provide both intensive and
long-term individual practical classes in
Bulgarian language for foreigners. We have three
large, air-conditioned and fully equipped with
whiteboards, desks, chairs and computers language laboratories. The
school is located in the centre of Plovdiv.
What about the teaching method?
It's both classical and modern.
Maybe the most important thing when you learn a
foreign language is to understand how it
functions. That is called grammar
and it is the main objective of the course.
However, this is not meant for you to become a
grammar expert. Also, we'll insist on vocabulary
building, tests, conversation. We'll combine
theory and practice.
Usually, the first part of the session is reserved
for a homework discussion and the latter part for
the new lesson.
You will not find here the present course format
so common for EFL teachers, where amateur teachers
transform a language course into a phrase book
fiasco, and almost all of them cannot even connect
to the students' mother tongue!
Also, the homework and tests will be submitted in
DOC files and we'll exchange files by transferring
them via Internet.
Most of our foreign students are
interested in conversational Bulgarian as they are
engaged to a Bulgarian partner or/and own
properties in small towns and/or villages where
people do not speak English. And it is difficult
to get by if you cannot speak with the neighbours
or order a meal in the restaurant. It is almost
the same even in the big cities like Plovdiv,
though youngsters usually speak English, but
Bulgarian is a must when you have to deal with
institutions and even private banks. That is why
we have chosen to use the most appropriate textbook for them, based on
the so called Communicative approach. The
beginners` textbook is designed for 120 group
lessons, but we usually complete it in 80 lessons,
because we work much faster (and much better) on
one-to-one basis. It covers the first two levels
(A1 and A2) according to the European Language
Portfolio (ELP). The price of the textbook
(including 2 CDs and a dictionary) is 13 EUR only,
and the shipping to Europe is 8 EUR and to North
America - around 10 EUR.
Do you know a good dictionary?
You can download for free the
best PC dictionary from here. Its online version is available
for MAC users. There are two English-Bulgarian and
Bulgarian-English dictionaries for MAC, you can
find them here and here. Also, if you are
running Windows 95, 98, ME or XP, please download
for free this software for your Latin
keyboard, so that you can type in Bulgarian. This
is the so called Bulgarian phonetic, and here you can see where the
Cyrillic letters are on your keyboard. Windows
Vista, Windows 7 and MAC support Bulgarian
phonetic, so you only have to add it. Here is a
handy spell checker for Bulgarian,
compatible with Windows OS and with MAC OS.
No! This course starts from
scratch at real beginner level, assuming no
previous language knowledge. However, you will
have to remember the bases of the grammar
you learnt in school. We will assist you with
Do I have to know grammar?
Yes, to a reasonable extent. Do
not let yourself be fooled by "modern", more
"digestible" language-teaching methods that try to
avoid grammar and rules. Grammar is the backbone
of a language, its "user's guide". Learning about
grammar and rules offers you a valuable shortcut.
There are no other shortcuts, unless you only want
to acquire a number of common phrases and to learn
how to count to ten. Initially, you must have a
fair idea about the basic grammar of your mother
tongue language (be it English or not), so you
don't have to be a proficient. Anyway, assistance
on grammar issues (explanations) will be offered
continuously. Also, you can download for free a
good Bulgarian grammar for beginners, written in
English, from here.
Actually, it's up to you. You are
the one to choose how many lessons a week you will
have. Considering the time zone differences and
the common busy schedule of the students, two
sessions per week is the most popular choice. We
provide intensive Bulgarian course as well,
especially designed for foreigners, who need to
learn the lingo quickly and can afford an
intensive tuition. Bear in mind, you will need
enough time between sessions to settle the newly
How much time do I have to study a week?
It depends a lot on the student's
personal abilities. Some students learn on the
spot. For most students, the personal study takes
about double the number of session hours. If you
have 2 sessions per week, you will have to reserve
about 2-3 hours between sessions for personal
What times are you available?
In principle, we'd be available
between 07:00-23:00 Bulgarian time. That is 05:00-21:00
GMT(UT) Nov to Mar, and 04:00-20:00
GMT(UT) Apr to Oct.
Yes, people have been doing
online teaching/learning for years.
Do I have to be a computer geek to handle
an online course?
Not really. However, you must
have some basic knowledge about computers and
computer files. You'll type on DOC files, you'll
use the audio capabilities of your computer,
you'll transfer files.
What "technology" do I need?
Nothing too fancy for these days.
Even a second-hand computer will do. A minimum of
1GHz processor, 256 MB RAM, Windows 2000, XP,
Vista or 7... Anything above is great. Please
check Skype system requirements here.
A decent Internet connection. A cable
connection is a comfortable minimum,
but sometimes even a phone modem connection works
well enough. It`s good to test your Internet
A sound board, a headset (microphone plus
headphones), or separate speakers. The headset is
strongly preferred, because the speakers cause an
annoying echo effect.
If you don't have those at your house, you can go
to an Internet cafe.
You also need Microsoft Word (any version) or Open
Office and Skype
(a piece of software especially designed for voice
conference over the Internet).
There also are big chances for us to use the Google Talk, Logitech Vid, MSN, and Yahoo Instant
Messenger (YIM) as a backup audio
communication tools. The YIM is sometimes better
at transferring files.
So many people actually believe that they can have
tutoring for free! If only they could explain why
would a teacher spend many long hours tutoring,
consuming Internet traffic, providing professional
materials, preparing lessons, correcting homework
and tests, all for free? Misunderstanding?
Naiveté? How can someone believe that such a
professional effort would come gratis! You can't
even get a loaf of bread for free, let alone such
a rare service! You may be wondering whether there
are ways in which you can learn the Bulgarian
language free of charge. Children in Bulgaria are
doing it every day. You could do it like they do
... which is to live in the culture for two or
three years with no other means of communication.
Learning a language requires time and effort.
Ignore all those learn Bulgarian free language
sites on the Internet that promise to teach you a
foreign language within 10 days - or the hundreds
of language sites that offer free language courses
(there’s always a catch to this one), or the
countless companies claiming that you can become
fluent with no real effort. Don’t be fooled by
these false claims. It is rare occasion to learn
Bulgarian free. If these claims are true, then why
does it take foreign language students years to
speak and write fluently? There are no shortcuts
to learning any foreign language, including to
learn Bulgarian free. Sometimes you may wish there
were some kind of magic to make you fluent
overnight, but unfortunately there isn’t. It takes
hard work, motivation, and discipline to succeed.
How much is it?
The tuition fee for one one-to-one lesson (45
mins) is 13 EUR per lesson for
two levels (a prepaid package* of 80 classes);
and 14 EUR per lesson for one level only (40
classes), Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to
6:00 p.m. Bulgarian time. The fee is 18 EUR per
lesson if you pay before each class, Monday to
Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Bulgarian
time. The fee is 15 EUR per lesson for 80
prepaid classes and 16 EUR per lesson for 40
prepaid classes during the holidays, before 9:00
a.m. and after 6:00 p.m. Bulgarian time.
Otherwise the fee is 20 EUR per lesson if you
pay before each class. We offer 24 hours
services! Students outside Bulgaria can pay via
Revolut, bank transfer, postal order or Money Gram and Western Union. The tuition
fee for online lessons on Skype and for
traditional lessons in our office is the same.
Discounts for individuals: 100% discount for family
members and 50% discount for
groups. The more students in a group, the lower
is the fee - 9 EUR per lesson
for 2 learners, 7 EUR for 3
learners, 6 EUR for 4
learners, etc. Discounts for students, pensioners and
unemployed: If you're on a low
income and can't afford our regular lesson fee,
we can work together using a sliding scale
arrangement. Just get in touch and we'll figure
out something manageable for you.
Warning: The price is likely
to be more and more "European Union", meaning
(Students who have already started will keep
their current price deals. This prerogative is
cancelled in case the student takes a break of
more than 6 months during tuition.)
*The prepaid packages of 80 and 40 classes
should be used within 12 months. The tuition
fees are non-refundable.
The person who would ask such a
question obviously is not familiar with tutoring
prices. They can vary between 20 - 95
When assessing the fair price of a tutoring hour,
you must consider some factors, among which: the
tutor's competence (Is that an experienced teacher
or a needy student? Is that a professional or an
amateur?), the rarity of the specialists (tutors)
in that field, the teacher's ability to handle
modern technology and provide online tutoring, the
tutor's supplementary expenses (such as Internet
traffic), the time zone differences leading to
unusual teaching times for the tutor.
By all these factors, the "fair price" would break
the upper barrier!
For an easier calculation of a fair price,
consider the average salary of a teacher in EU or
North America, of about 1500 - 2000 €/month, and
the average number of working hours per month,
about 80 - 100. The average "fair" wages a teacher
would get is about 19 - 20 €/hour.
However, a freelance tutor's schedule is scattered
and not constant and less loaded than the norm of
a regular teacher. An adjustment coefficient of
1.4 would be reasonable, so the average "fair" fee
for this sort of private tuition would be around 26
- 28 €/hour! You can take a look at the
charges of our "rivals" in Sofia (17.95 EUR per
lesson), Varna (14.53 EUR per lesson)
or Blagoevgrad (22 EUR per
lesson), and also at the fees for an individual
lesson in English as a foreign language in the UK,
Europe and the USA.
Why does it cost so little?
We can afford now to offer this
So, consider it as a promotional price. It will
rise in the near future, as Bulgaria has joined
the EU and the "Bulgarian" prices must match the
"European Union" prices.
Lesson cancellations must be
made at least 24 hours prior to the time of class.
Cancellations made less than 24 hours will be
charged 100% of the class rate. It applies to the
tutors too, but we "pay" with free classes.
What are the payment options?
It's not easy to find reasonable
ways to transfer small amounts of money. These
usually imply significant expenses per € sent,
which decrease with the increase of the
transferred amount. However, students outside
Bulgaria can pay via PayPal, bank transfer, postal order or Money Gram and Western Union. Students from
Plovdiv can pay after every lesson! Distant
students have to pay in advance the charge for a
few lessons only.
I cannot start out immediately. Will this
be available later?
However, there is a danger of psychological
nature: if you give up the first impulse to begin
learning Bulgarian, it is very likely for it to
never come back again. And I do mean that. The
principle is "A Postponer becomes a Quitter".
In addition, the price will probably be higher at
the time you decide to start out.
Can we do a language exchange?
What on earth is that? :-))
Of course, we know what that is. It is one of the
most idiotic things we have seen about language
learning! In fact, there even are web sites
promoting this nonsense.
We are always amazed to see people think that
learning a foreign language is like learning how
to shoot pool! "Language exchange" means that 2
people of different mother tongues try to teach
each other their respective languages. Above all,
they don't have to pay for professional teaching,
so it sounds fair enough.
However, that is a sophism. Most people don't
realize that teaching a language is as complex as
teaching any science: physics, mathematics,
biology... Firstly, one must have extended
specialized knowledge on the subject. Yet, a lot
of people, even of college level education, simply
cannot see their mother tongue as a foreign
language (i.e. with the eyes of a foreigner).
Secondly, one must have the specific formation of
a teacher, for them to know how to organize the
materials, how to prepare lessons, how to correct
mistakes, how to insist on certain issues, how to
assess the student's progress... Now, we wonder,
is everyone a language teacher?
This chaotic action soon ends up in disaster. The
2 parties get bored and they realize they haven't
learned but 10-20 phrases. Their greatest
achievement is that they have paid nothing. But
they get what they pay for: again nothing!
you offer online group Bulgarian classes?
We provide online group tuition
in Bulgarian for foreigners, starting from 5 EUR.
Learning the lingo in a small group has several
benefits. You can: role-play with other learners
instead of practicing with the tutor only; study
from others` mistakes and achievements; compare
your progress with the other students; discuss
problems with the rest participants; exchange
ideas and tips with the members of the group;
improve your skills in a friendly, but still
competitive surroundings; enjoy speaking to people
with the same interests and hobby; meet strangers
from all over the world and learn about their
countries; share your Bulgarian experience with
people, who are also keen on Bulgaria; make new
friends, etc. On top of everything, you can save
money! Find a language partner and begin learning
Bulgarian today for 8 EUR only! The more students
in a group, the lower is the fee - 8 EUR for 2
learners, 6 EUR for 3 learners, 5 EUR for 4
learners, etc. There is just one requirement – all
members of the group must have similar level. The
number of the lessons per week and the best time
for all of us will be easily arranged. The first
lesson is always free of charge! There is also
100% discount for family members. We can share a conference call with up to
25 people, anywhere in the world, and if
everyone’s on Skype it’s completely free. However,
the reasonable number of students in a group is 2
Can I learn Bulgarian without a teacher?
Maybe (just maybe), if you are a
genius, you can try to learn English or French on
your own. There are good materials to learn some
languages, but... not Bulgarian. So, frankly, you
don't stand a chance, genius or not.
I want to have conversations, to talk to
people in Bulgarian. Do you offer a Bulgarian
This is an intensive course and
includes conversation exercises too. However, we
focus on the structure of the language (grammar)
and vocabulary. Logically, you cannot have
conversations, if you don't know how the language
functions or don't have enough vocabulary.
Conversation comes afterwards.
How can I find a local Bulgarian tutor (in
You will not be able to. We are
so few, trust us... ;-) And if you don't, to make it more
convincing, let us put it this way: there are
bigger chances for you to be hit by an atomic bomb
in the next 10 seconds than finding a competent
tutor in your town! Count to 10. Has it hit you?
It hasn't? Now do you see what we mean?
Can I learn Bulgarian from those online
We've checked those out. They are
even worse than the printed materials for learning
Bulgarian. Mastylo Language School does not offer
you to study the language with the help of a
computer! We consider irrelevant the programs and
textbooks, offered by many web sites and
publishers, trying to convince you of the
possibility to learn one of the hardest languages
on your own. We offer you to study in the tested
old-fashioned way with the guidance of our
Are you offering group courses too?
We could do that too, but there are some
1. As Bulgarian is not a widespread language and
the number of potential students is not so big,
it would be difficult to form a group of
2. The students would come from various
countries, that is from various time zones, so
an agreement on the schedule would be difficult
3. Above all, students are differently talented
for languages, might have different starting
levels, different motivations and different
levels of English (which is the contact
We provide mainly individual lessons, though we
teach so many foreign students. It`s possible
technically to teach even on-line on Skype up to
6 students, but we do prefer to work in a
one-to-one basis, except with couples and
families, of course.
You can only find group tuition at the public
universities, but you must pay in advance around
3500 EUR for an academic year (October to July).
Do you offer services of translator,
interpreter or tourist guide? Can you do video
Yes. For those interested we
offer services of translation, interpreting and
tourist guidance. We can make hotel reservations,
rent a car and even be a driver and a navigator.
Mastylo Language School also assists in providing
varied range of services
for foreigners and expats, who are interested in
buying a property, establishing a company or just
willing to settle down in Bulgaria.
How to Enroll in a
Course for Bulgarian as a Foreign Language
If you wish to sign up for
an online course, please contact us on Skype
send an e-mail containing your name, level and the
best time for the free online Bulgarian lesson.
Please feel free to choose one of our teachers for
the trial class. If you prefer traditional tuition
in a classroom, give us a call to arrange an
appointment in our office.