Basics - Part 2
In Bulgarian, nouns have a "gender". This is called the grammatical gender and is unrelated to the meaning of a word. Instead, it can generally be determined by looking at the ending of the word.
Every Bulgarian noun is of one of these 3 genders:
|Masculine||Words ending in a consonant (ex: мъж)|
|Feminine||Words ending in -а or -я (ex: жена)|
|Neuter||Words ending in -о or -е (ex: куче)|
Unfortunately, those are just guidelines, and there will be exceptions, that you will learn throughout the course. Here's one word that you've seen before: нощ (night, as in лека нощ - good night) is a feminine word.
One last thing: words ending in -и, -у and -ю are generally loan words (often coming from English), and are usually neuter. For example: меню (menu), такси (taxi).
The ending of a noun changes in its plural form:
|Masculine||‑consonant||+и or +ове|
|Feminine||‑а or ‑я||‑и|
|Neuter||‑о or ‑е||‑a or +та|
As with the genders, those are general rules subject to exceptions. Here's the first one: the plural of мъж (man) is мъже (men).
For masculine words, "и" is added at the end of words having more than one syllable, whereas "ове" is added at the end of monosyllabic words.
приятел ➜ приятели (friend/friends)
град ➜ градове (city/cities)
мъж ➜ мъже (man/men)
For feminine words, the final -а or -я is replaced with "и".
жена ➜ жени (woman/women)
стая ➜ стаи (room/rooms)
For neuter words ending in -о, the final "о" is replaced by "а". For those ending in -e, and for loan words, and extra "та" is added at the end:
село ➜ села (village/villages)
кафе ➜ кафета (coffee/coffees)
такси ➜ таксита (taxi/taxis)
We previously saw how to use съм (to be) with "I" and "he/she/it". Here's the full conjugation of the present tense, along with all personal pronouns:
|Съм - Present|
|I am||аз съм|
|you are*||ти си|
|he/she/it is||той/тя/то е|
|we are||ние сме|
|you are*||вие сте|
|they are||те са|
Remember that in Bulgarian, there are two ways to say "you":
The first (ти) is used when talking to only one, familiar person (friend, family...). The second (вие) is used when either talking to a group, or to one person when using formal speech (elder stranger, ...).
When вие is used for formality, it is capitalized ("Вие").