Bulgarian Phrases

The Bulgarian phrases are helpful because they are used daily. Below we picked expressions that a new learner will find useful. We included the audio as well. This is a better way to learning. Learn only what you need. We start with greetings and introduction.

Hi: Здравей!  [Zdravyey!] Audio
What is your name?: Как се казвате?  [Kak sye kazvatye?] Audio
Nice to meet you: Приятно ми е да се запознаем!  [Priyatno mi ye da sye zapoznayem!] Audio
How are you?: Как сте?  [Kak stye?] Audio
I'm good, thanks: Добре съм, благодаря!  [Dobrye sʲm, blaguodarya!] Audio
And you?: А вие?  [A viye?] Audio

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More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Bulgarian)?: Говорите ли (английски/български)?  [Guovoritye li (anguliyski/bʲlguarski)?] Audio
Does she speak Chinese?: тя говори ли китайски?  [tya guovori li kitayski?] Audio
A little bit: Само малко.  [Samo malko.] Audio
How old are you?: На колко години сте?  [Na kolko guodini stye?] Audio
I'm 33 years old: Аз съм на тридесет и три години  [Az sʲm na tridyesyet i tri guodini] Audio
It was nice talking to you: Беше ми приятно да разговарям с вас.  [Byeshye mi priyatno da razguovaryam s vas.] Audio

If you don't understand something, this will be your secret weapon:

What do you mean?: Какво искаш да кажеш?  [Kakvo iskash da kaʐyesh?] Audio
I don't understand: Не ви разбирам!  [Nye vi razbiram!] Audio
I don't know: Не знам!  [Nye znam!] Audio
Sorry: Извинете!  [Izvinyetye!] Audio
What is that called in Bulgarian?: Как се казва това на български?  [Kak sye kazva tova na bʲlguarski?] Audio
What does that word mean in English?: Какво означава тази дума на английски?  [Kakvo oznachava tazi dooma na anguliyski?] Audio

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More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: Откъде сте?  [Otkʲdye stye?] Audio
I'm from the U.S: Аз съм от САЩ/Щатите  [Az sʲm ot SASht/Shtatitye] Audio
I'm American: Аз съм американец  [Az sʲm amyerikanyetz] Audio
Where do you live?: Къде живееш?  [Kʲdye ʐivyeyesh?] Audio
I live in the U.S: Аз живея в U.S  [Az ʐivyeya v U.S] Audio
What do you do for a living?: Какво работите?  [Kakvo rabotitye?] Audio
I'm a student: Аз съм студент  [Az sʲm stoodyent] Audio

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: Мога ли да ви помогна?  [Mogua li da vi pomoguna?] Audio
Can you help me?: Може ли да ми помогнете?  [Moʐye li da mi pomogunyetye?] Audio
Where is the airport?: Къде е летището?  [Kʲdye ye lyetishtyeto?] Audio
Go straight: Вървете направо  [Vʲrvyetye napravo] Audio
Then: тогава/след това  [toguava/slyed tova] Audio
Turn left: завийте вляво  [zaviytye vlyavo] Audio
Turn right: завийте вдясно  [zaviytye vdyasno] Audio


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Good wishes in Bulgarian in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday: Честит рожден ден!  [Chyestit roʐdyen dyen!] Audio
Happy new year: Честита нова година!  [Chyestita nova guodina!] Audio
Merry Christmas: Весела Коледа!  [Vyesyela Kolyeda!] Audio
Good luck: Успех!  [Oospyekh!] Audio
Congratulations: Поздравления!  [Pozdravlyeniya!] Audio

Bulgarian expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: Имам резервация (за стя)  [Imam ryezyervatziya (za stya)] Audio
Do you have rooms available?: Имате ли свободни стаи?  [Imatye li svobodni stai?] Audio
I would like a non-smoking room: Искам стая за непушачи  [Iskam staya za nyepooshachi] Audio
How much it costs per night?: Каква е цената за нощувка?  [Kakva ye tzyenata za noshtoovka?] Audio
Waiter: Келнер!  [Kyelnyer!] Audio
How much is this?: Колко струва?  [Kolko stroova?] Audio
What is this?: Какво е това?  [Kakvo ye tova?] Audio

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: Добре ли се?  [Dobrye li sye?] Audio
I need a doctor: Трябва ми лекар  [Tryabva mi lyekar] Audio
Help: Помощ!  [Pomosht!] Audio
Call the ambulance: Извикайте линейка!  [Izvikaytye linyeyka!] Audio
Call the police: Извикайте полиция!  [Izvikaytye politziya!] Audio
I am sick: Чувствам се зле  [Choovstvam sye zlye] Audio

These Bulgarian phrases can be used in a variety of conversations. If you have already visited our Bulgarian Vocabulary and Bulgarian Grammar, you might want to visit our Bulgarian Flashcards to practice what you learned.

Bulgarian Vocabulary

Bulgarian Grammar


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Did you know? Phrases are the combination of the use of vocabulary and grammar. Mastering the vocabulary and grammar can result in the ability to make useful Bulgarian phrases.