I asked Chat GPT ... and was blow away

So far I’ve looked at bg.wiktionary.org to find tenses. It all looked complete. Just recently I learned that Bulgarian verbs not only form tenses but exist in pairs. There is a form for recurring or ongoing actions. (Imperfective) And a rather different one for completed actions (Perfective) - whether in the present, future or past. I had not encountered this before in my study materials. So I came up with the idea of creating my own material. I gave CHAT GPT this task:

“Please generate a sorted table with three columns showing the 50 most frequent Bulgarian verb-pairs in first person singular conjugation. The leftmost column should contain the combined frequency for each verb-pair, and the middle and rightmost columns should show the corresponding imperfective and perfective variants, respectively.”

I am really exited how CHAT GPT can help learning.

I know, LingQ does not focus on grammar, lists or any other ‘artificial’ material. But this approach shed some light onto some freaky verbs that I could not find in my dictionary and that seemed somehow redundant to me.

Some people say, language learning is actually pattern-recognition. I tend to agree. It is “re-cognition”. So some “cognition” beforehand helps.


Now you can create such tables in Notion Premium. They’ve integrated ChatGPT into the app recently.
Something like:
“Create the Notion table with N columns etc etc…”

I was wrong, it seems that NotionAI isn’t exactly ChatGPT.

The company is “working with multiple partners including OpenAI, Anthropic, among others” to power the feature, according to Notion spokesperson Becky Sosnov, and it’s “constantly testing more” as time goes on.

I’ve heard it works with errors still for other languages. But almost perfect for English. Explains grammar and word meanings better than teachers.

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Yeah, ChatGpt is very intelligent, and I am amazed by its work like you are. There is an update that they are launching ChatGPT4 within a few days, so be ready for that because we can now use pictures, and images as input prompts, which I think will be the most useful thing on the planet.
BTW, I am a CV writer from Ireland.

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I put that same statement in ChatGPT and it said, “I’m sorry, as an AI language model, I don’t have access to the specific data you requested to generate the table. However, I can provide you with a general overview of Bulgarian verb pairs and how they work in the language.”

Beware of hallucinations from the current generation of LLMs. These numbers are definitely made up.

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Be very careful.

I’m learning Bulgarian too and have used ChatGPT to mostly successfully write short stories, conversations and sentences based around whatever topics or words I give it (my Bulgarian girlfriend read through several pages and only found a few errors).

But it has proven very untrustworthy when it comes to giving grammar advice or corrections for Bulgarian, and indeed also generally screws up quite severely when I have asked it to make verb lists including both imperfective and perfective forms of verbs (tends to get the imperfective forms right but often matches them with incorrect perfective verbs, typically with a different prefix with gives a different meaning). Just in the first five lines of your table it gives the wrong perfective form in four of them (although if you asked it to write a story with specific verbs it would almost certainly use them correctly).
I guess it’s knowledge of Bulgarian is not quite extensive enough for some things.

I haven’t had a good chance to experiment with GPT-4 yet to see if it’s better.

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You are right. I have learned to be careful even with the “official” material in LingQ. Do you know any good source for such a list? I would love to hear from your experience with GPT4. Did you convert your selfmade shortstories into LingQ-Exercises?

I have only just started using LingQ, but I have imported some short content written by ChatGPT.
As well as some Bulgarian ebook content.

As far as correct grammar goes I just use dictionaries for word lookups. Online I can recommend Pons eng-bg (doesn’t seem like I can add links here, so you’ll have to find it yourself). For verbs it includes both imperfective and perfective forms. For a pure Bulgarian dictionary I can recommend читанка речник (google it).

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