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Lonely Planet Brazilian Portuguese Phrasebook 4th Ed.: 4th Edition Paperback – Jan 11 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 4 edition (Jan. 11 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740597311
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740597319
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 9.3 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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National Geographic Traveler, September 2006 'Lonely Planet Phrasebooks. Portable, pocket-size, cheap, and available for almost any country you might want to visit...'

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LONELY PLANET has sold over five million phrasebooks, covering 120 languages.

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The book is exactly what i was looking for: a very small, pocket sized, color coded dictionary with a pronunciation key. The service was excellent, i got the book within the alotted time frame given by the shipping company (the book dipository). Would definitely use this service again.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9b6d0b58) out of 5 stars 36 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ccd8f0c) out of 5 stars This is a GEM! Worth every penny! Aug. 18 2011
By The man who likes to read - Published on
I have to admit that when I first received this little book in the mail I wasn't impressed. In fact, it sat on my shelf during 3 trips to Brazil, unused. I am in Brazil right now on vacation and I just happened to bring the book along because my wife wanted to use it. During these past 2 weeks I've finally given this book a chance, and I am being completely honest when I say I wish this was the first Portuguese book I ever took seriously. I would have learned Portuguese so much faster. There are a few really valuable things about this book that made me give it 5 stars.
1) It is small. It can easily fit into a pant pocket. This was kind of why I didn't take it too seriously at first... ''how can such a small book be worth while?'' Well, it is. It is packed with very relevant information. The core essentials to get you up and running. And perhaps the most important benefit of being so small is that I bring it with me everywhere, which means I've been studying from it more often.
2) It breaks basic concepts about Portuguese that will help you learn the language much faster than I did.
3) The dictionary in the back is more than sufficient.

Not only do I recommend this book, I urge you to bring it with you to Brasil and use it.

Good luck with you travels!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b8080c0) out of 5 stars So helpful! March 11 2012
By sarah - Published on
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Lonely planet's phrasebooks are totally the best! Just about everything you could possibly need to say is in this book, and it's handily small for travel convenience. Word to the wise, quite a bit of the pronunciation is completely wrong. (eg. Bye=tchau! lonely planet pronunciation: de-shaw! actual pronunciation ciao! wtf lonely planet?) So it's completely advisable to have a brazilian friend look over and correct the pronunciation if you can.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb5bb94) out of 5 stars Let's be fair! Aug. 19 2011
By Lisa Harris - Published on
Some of the reviews on this phrasebook make statements which are rather negative and not correct.

The book is full of spelling mistakes - WRONG: My copy, 3rd edition, October 2003, isn't. There are some, but not many.

You can't use this book in a Portuguese-speaking country other than Brazil - WRONG: This book is written in an educated Portuguese you can use in Portugal, Portuguese-speaking Africa, Timor, Macao, anywhere where Portuguese is spoken. You just have to adapt a few words, like 'trem' to 'comboio', as it tells you in the book.

Indeed, although with a few printing problems, this is an excellent phrasebook, for the discerning traveler. It's comprehensive, with practically everything a visitor may need, and has two useful vocabulary lists, a 'culinary reader' (glossary of food terms as you will find in menu cards, etc) and a two-way English-(Brazilian)Portuguese 'dictionary' that will serve you well in any Portuguese-speaking place.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bab84d4) out of 5 stars Does the job March 30 2011
By PG - Published on
This phrase book was helpful. The pronunciations in Portuguese are hard to figure out; they're not intuitive and are radically different than Spanish. I wish this book would help me more with that but well this is just a phrase book and one can't expect it to act like a dictionary or a language lesson book. My recommendation is to study a more comprehensive Portuguese language book before going to Brazil especially if you're interested in communicating with the locals. Most people in Brazil don't speak any English what-so-ever, so you need to learn some basic things. If you don't want to spend the time, you should at least get this phrase book and carry it with you at all times. It becomes handy!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b6aa954) out of 5 stars Fit in my purse May 28 2012
By Queen Linda - Published on
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This little book was great as an emergency guide while in Brazil. I carried it in my not-so-big purse no problem. It doesn't have a vast dictionary but it was good enough in a pinch. It provides most of the words and phrases you might use while in a foreign country. I had already done a little studying before the trip and this was just a backup. This book is a GUIDE, not a full blown course. My husband's GPS also bailed us out a few times.