This course offers a contemporary, interactive, and effective introduction at the beginner level to the Bulgarian language and various aspects of the Bulgarian culture. It aims to foster the acquisition of the fundamentals of the Bulgarian language; vocabulary is chosen on the principle of everyday practicality, and grammar is limited to major structures for basic real-life oral and written communication, while simultaneously introducing the Bulgarian Cyrillic alphabet. Equal emphasis is placed on developing understanding, speaking, and writing skills. Also, this course aims to enable students to understand and appreciate Bulgarian cultural practices, products, and perspectives and to recognize principles of intercultural communication. This course is open to students with no previous study or less than one year of study of Bulgarian. It is not open to students who speak Belarusian, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Russian, Serbian, or Ukrainian. The instructor reserves the right to place students who demonstrate more than one year of study into the higher-level Bulgarian classes.