On line language "first aid"

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On line language "first aid"

Postby melly » Thu Jun 29, 2006 12:53 pm

Dear members, I know that all of you are trying to learn Bulgarian
using different methods and ways. As a moderator of this forum and tutor,
I'll be happy to answer your simple language questions here from time
to time, trying to help along.

Pleased to be your first aider!

Melly

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Postby ardleystar » Thu Jun 29, 2006 1:14 pm

Hi Melly,

Now what I could really do with, is a device to insert in my mouth that will enable my tongue to pronounce the Bulgarian R's as in Nessebarrrr, not the guttural German nor the softer Dutch varieties. I've been given various forms of advice as to where exactly to place my tongue, all to no avail, just doesn't seem to help placing it behind my lower teeth, on my upper palate or anywhere else in me gob.

Ta!

Ardley

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Postby melly » Thu Jun 29, 2006 2:49 pm

Hi Ardley,
You are trying very hard! Don't know which area in UK you are coming
from but I think the easiest way to pronounce the Bulgarian "R" is- try
to be "Scottish" for a while- that will do!
Melly

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Postby leedarkwood » Thu Jun 29, 2006 3:28 pm

I have trouble remembering the right sound for the ъ. I grind to a halt when I see one coming up....

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Postby melly » Thu Jun 29, 2006 3:43 pm

Hi Lee,

Obviously I can not transcribe the sound of “ъ” for you that you can hear it, but it sounds as “u” in urgent or in curtain. Try it, I’m sure you’ll be “много добър”!

Melly

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Postby thud » Thu Jun 29, 2006 4:00 pm

i know exactly what you mean lee but we solved it in class quite simply... when melly asked me what that sound was i just went 'er er er ' and was amazed to be told 'good kate'
and apparently thats it .... er :lol:

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Postby AJ113 » Thu Jun 29, 2006 5:11 pm

Melly
If Bulgarian for Brits is ever re-printed would you consider placing lines under the Bulgarian words to show which part of the word is emphasised? It's not always obvious when listening to the CDs.

On a more positive note I am delighted to report that on my last visit to Bulgaria in May I was able to conduct many simple conversations in Bulgarian, using phrases learned from your book. I am about two thirds of the way through now and I hope to be all the way through by the time I go again in August.

I have learned almost all of it in the car whilst travelling long distances. I repeat each phrase about a million times out loud until it finally sticks in my head. It's slow going but it's worth it.

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Postby fred » Thu Jun 29, 2006 6:18 pm

Melly

I am learning from your book which is realy good but it does not have all the words in the dictionary. Can you please tell me what is the difference between sih and ste and also what is the literal translation of nah when used in asking someone's age or answering the question.

Thanks

Chris

ps do you own a house in Shabla?

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Postby AJ113 » Thu Jun 29, 2006 6:24 pm

I'll have a pop at those - I'm sure Melly will correct me if I'm wrong.

Sih and ste are both 'you' but:
Sih = 'you' when it is someone you know quite well. It is informal. You would also use it when talking to a child, whether you knew that child well or not.

Ste = 'you' but is more formal and polite. It is also used when 'you' is plural.

The literal translation of 'nah' is 'to'.

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Postby veselin15 » Thu Jun 29, 2006 6:29 pm

AJ113 wrote:
Sih and ste are both 'you' but:


Actualy mean "are" not "you". Next thoughts of AJ113 are corect


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