Friday, February 6, 2009

Learning foreign languages

The other day I met an old Penn State professor. When he heard my name, he said that he'd been trying to learn Russian for many years (ummmm, I am Bulgarian, but... hey... close enough) but he'd never managed to get past a certain level. He no longer remembered any of it except for one phrase. The phrase: eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. In Russian, of course. I hope I never get to use it, he said.

My mother-in-law has had a very similar experience with French, I told him. The one phrase that she remembers is: All we've got left are the gray ones. He laughed and said that her phrase might have even more limited usage than his.

What I didn't mention was that she, actually, DID have a chance to use her French. She was working at a boutique at the time and this beautiful French woman walked in, looked around and inquired whether they had a certain pair of gloves in brown.

No, she said. All we've got left are the gray ones.

The French lady left the store and five minutes later, Mary realized she'd missed the opportunity of a lifetime.


  1. Hi,

    My name is Nicolle, I´m brazilian, married to a Bulgarian - Rossen.
    It was fantastic to read your blog, I am so pleased to see other "international" couples like us. Some people think its impossible, but we are here to show the world has no boundaries.
    All the best.

  2. Nicolle!!!
    It's great to meet you. Don't you think it's interesting that the people who criticize "our kind" of relationship the most, are the ones who don't get around much... To them, all I've to say is, WATCH US!

    Check out the links in my blogroll. It's all people who are in intl couples. :)

  3. Hi Petya,

    Tks for answering...
    I found your blog looking for "bulgarian styles of wedding", to have some ideas for my wedding - the church and party one...
    I met Rossen on Skype, it is a really funny story.
    His family treated me perfect when i went to Bulgaria and I miss it everyday. It was amazing because they didn´t make me feel like "the lady that came out of the computer".
    We live in Brazil now and I really wish sometimes people to stop treating him like an alien...
    It is difficult, a bunch of bureaucracy, but we are moving foward.
    I work sometimes as translator, and I´d love to learn bulgarian one day... after the wedding crazyness most likely.
    It´s fantastic to meet you.

    Tudo de bom! (All the best)

  4. Petya,
    I am an american girl in love with a bulgarian man. We have been together for a year and we met because he has been working for my cousin for 3 years. I was wondering if you could give us advice on the legal and federal processes we have to go through when we get married. Also, we will get married in the states and then want to go visit his soon after we are married can we travel out of the country?
    I've tried to find these answers online, but its been tough. I really appreciate any help.

  5. Lydia,
    Thanks for your note!
    Kyle and I got married in Bulgaria so I am not very well versed in how it all works out here in the States. But there are a lot of people who read this blog that have in fact been married in the States. So, I am sure, somebody would be able to help you out. Send me an email at petya.kirilova [at] gmail [dot] com and I will try to put you in touch.