I want to be able to understand and speak a bit of bulgarian, but it's hard to find resources.. dictionaries, lessons, vocab lists, to teach myself... a lot of russian words seem to be similar, and the languages sound fairly similar, is learning basic russian better than going with nothing, and if so, how much?
I'll only be there for 3 weeks, so anything I can do before I leave which will help me pick up the language quickly once I'm there would be good. I have a textbook from the 1960's for learning bulgarian, but no resource which tells me how the vocab should sound when spoken. If you sound out bulgarian words do you get the pronunciation more or less right?
Can anyone help me with this? it'd be great to hear any advice you've got. Thanks very much