Teach Yourself Bulgarian Conversation (Teach Yourself Conversations) (英語) CD – Audiobook, CD
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This stand-alone, all-audio course can be used by those who have little or no knowledge of the language, by those who want to learn or brush up basic conversation skills, and by more advanced learners who require extra audio material to complement their current courses. The ten units or 'conversations' cover the situations you are most likely to find yourself in while on holiday or on business abroad. They are divided into two parts, with a dialogue in each part. The dialogue in Part 2 reuses the vocabulary and phrases from Part 1 in a slightly different context. Both parts start with an introduction to the words and phrases you'll need, followed by the dialogue. Finally it's 'Over to you': you take part in the same dialogues following the English prompts, playing all the roles in turn. So you get lots of opportunity to practise! Frequent track markers divide the CDs up into short, easy-to-use clips. Vocabulary and phrases in the first two CDs are kept to the basics and are introduced gradually with lots of opportunity to repeat and practise, to improve your confidence in both speaking and understanding. The third CD concentrates on helping you improve your understanding, so that you will be able to hold two-way conversations with people who speak very fast or use words and phrases you do not know. The course comes on three 75-minute CDs and has an accompanying 48-page booklet which gives the dialogues and the translations of the dialogues, for those who like to see the written word or want additional practice. The booklet also provides a basic glossary of the words and phrases used. This is the perfect complement to 'Bulgarian' in the 'Teach Yourself' series.
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Pimsleur doesn't currently have a Bulgarian (why! they have literally every surrounding country...) and I did not find this audiobook to be nearly as approachable. I feel like it would help if I already had some basic Bulgarian, but not as a pure beginner.
It starts off by basically throwing a conversation at you, entirely in Bulgarian, with almost no explanation -- that comes a little later. In each case, we would get to the "now you can try it" section and in each case I'd be like, "No I can't!", with no clue how to respond. I don't feel like the speech is slow enough or enunciated clearly enough. You really need a "10 second rewind" button on your audio player because nothing gets repeated and in many cases I couldn't make out the enunciation of a rapidly-said word well enough to be sure how to repeat it, even after several listens.
I guess the idea is they are going to throw you into Bulgarian "as you would really hear it said" but I still would like the words stated clearly and slowly once so that I have a grasp of how to repeat it back.
There's really not a lot of choice out there for learning Bulgarian but the bottom line is that this audiobook is probably not the best place to start and probably won't get you where you hoped to be as a total newcomer to the language.
The speaker is engaging, and the lessons move very fast. To make the CDs more compact, they often tell you to go back and replay some parts if you think you should. Pimsleur would just repeat the part on the CD if they think you should hear it again.
As advertised, it is a course on conversation and not on survival as a traveler. I don't think they ever tell you how to say "I am an American," or how to say you need to find someone who speaks English. Fair enough, phrasebooks will tell you those things. This course does cover many travel skills by the end. But it embeds them in a basic conversational context.
In general this approach expects you to make a lot of decisions yourself about how to absorb the material. The advantage is shorter CDs and maybe more control, the disadvantage if this is your first foreign language is that you must be a good judge of whether or not you have gotten what you need out of a given lesson.
They explain more points of grammar than Pimsleur would, and they give some extremely nice pointers in the second part of the course about how to hear Bulgarian as it is actually spoken, with dropped sounds and words blended together.
Overall it is more demanding than Pimsleur, and faster, and relies more on your ability to guide yourself. Pimsleur is great. But I'm not sure they offer Bulgarian. Kovatcheva and Holman's approach may just be greater -- of course a lot will depend on you!
I would have been lost had I not already had some Bulgarian, so that's why I gave this three stars and suggest that you use it to accompany some other learning tools.
It is very much a good beginner's guide to see if you can learn Bulgarian, but I was left needing much more.