Ok so today i have been having a crack at learning some basic Bulgarian (i probably should have done this before arriving). It doesn’t seem to be too bad, although i’m having a bit of trouble with the pronunciation. i’m sure with a bit of practice and the use of my notes i will pick it up(eventually).
The Hermes Bulgarian Phrase book we got yesterday is much better than the Lonely Planet one we had come with. it has some really useful info with the translations, and the pronunciations are much better illustrated.