As I constantly repeat (much to the annoyance of the people I socialise with), the key to any language is not solely with the grammar and vocabulary. You have to know the history of the people and their country, and something about the culture – both modern and traditional. Ideally, anyone seeking to learn a language would visit that country and spend time there immersing themselves in daily life. If only we could all afford to do that whenever we sought to learn a language! The world would be a better place, even if there was less need for the document translation work that I do. If you’ve been thinking about learning Bulgarian (perhaps inspired by my recent enthusiasm for that language), here are some fascinating tidbits of information about that country to entice you.