If you are in Bulgaria for a job, the language used in your office will most probably be English. And the language used everywhere else will sound quite foreign to you.

You have 2 options: living in a linguistic and cultural shell, or venturing out of it.

Your local employees will probably be young, educated and motivated. They will be eager to speak English and to work for a foreign company. They will also clearly show that they like their new Western boss, or colleague, that is you.

They will behave a little like family, remember your birthday, they will be nice and try to please you.

But you will soon notice that miscommunication, and hence misunderstandings on the job, occur more often than you consider normal in a working relationship.

And you start wondering.

Like one of my Belgian students, who was running a plant in the country put it figuratively: “I don’t understand why when I tell them (the employees) to go right, they will go left?”

You will start wondering why deadlines are viewed as optional as if they didn’t mean much. Why meetings are sometimes about exchanging opinions rather than exchanging information and making decisions, and why people get emotional over mundane office matters.

You will start wondering why celebrating birthdays in the office is a must, but delivering is not, and why people behave like friends, even like family, but not like a team.

Sometimes you might even wonder whether they have ever heard of to-do lists, planning, strategic thinking, macro-management v/s micro-management, problem-solving, decision-making, win-win situations, training, coaching, etc.

You will start wondering what’s wrong.

Nothing is wrong, just culture-based soft issues, if you know what I mean.

Your Bulgarian lessons will definitely help enhance communication on the job linguistically, and sometimes more importantly, culturally.

Your Bulgarian lessons will not be a panacea to your job-related cross-cultural issues, but they will certainly provide invaluable help in understanding and sorting out your immediate linguistic situations.

Your Bulgarian lessons will be structured around your everyday life situations and learning and using the language will happen naturally.

Our students say that besides interesting, relaxing, and extremely useful, their Bulgarian classes with us are actually a part of their survival strategy, and have turned to be a real eye-opener.

Our students cherish our club-like, family atmosphere, and feel at home with us.

And feeling at home is good, even when your home is thousands of miles away.