Bulgarian is a Southern Slavic language with about 12 million speakers mainly in Bulgaria.
In 2007 it was added as a European Union language. Bulgarian was the first Slavic language to be written in history. The modern Bulgarian language developed from the 16th to 19th centuries. It led the Bulgarian people to make demands for language education as well.
Modern Bulgarian borrows many Turkish words and is influenced by Romanian, Albanian, Russian and others. One interesting example of body language in Bulgaria is that shaking the head back and forth means ‘Yes’ and nodding the head up and down means ‘No’.