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Teach Yourself Portuguese Complete Course Package (Book + 2CDs) Paperback – Apr 27 2004


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 4 edition (April 27 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071431721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071431729
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16 x 4.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #640,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lalarupp on April 9 2005
I had tried other Portuguese courses before but this one is in my opinion the best. It covers practically everything you can think of in terms of vocabulary for different situations but without getting too much. Every word you learn appears to crop up again in a different context so you make the most of it with least effort. Different topics are entwined so you can use what you have learned in one area for another. For example you combine color (red) with clothes (red blouse) and shopping (red box) and how to identify people (the lady with the red bag) and so on. I really like the method. It makes the language look logic and easy to grasp and use.
I have also found another very good book by Manuela Cook. The title is Portuguese Verbs Explained, an essential guide. It was published in the UK. It tells you all about the Portuguese verbs in a very accessible way (even I understand it!) and how to make sentences with them. It also explains how they compare with English verbs, translating into and from. The course and the verbs book are musts if you want to learn Portuguese well, quickly and enjoyably. Full marks to Dr Cook from me!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By monicafrom nprovidence on Dec 29 2004
Lounging in Rio, Lisbon, Luanda, Maputo? This course is for you, as it is for me!
This is an excellent course by all standards: structure, progression, vocabulary, pleny of practice and enjoyable exercises. But there is also something very special about this course that suits my learning requirements and I had not found before. This is what I would call a mid-atlantic course, with Portuguese you can use wherever you need it, a neutral Portuguese for both sides of the Atlantic. This is what I needed for my work takes me to more than one country where I have to communicate in Portuguese. And the course works. They can understand me! I strongly recommend this course.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on June 11 2006
This course has been very helpful to me and I am happy to recommend it to other learners. I like its graded layout. You study as much as you need for what you want your Portuguese for. It is mainly for tourists / visitors but the last units have material for people who want to settle down in a Portuguese-speaking country, like looking for a job and getting a house.

But what I like the best is the opportunity to practice real life situations before you go to the country. The course is packed with exercises on things you have to be able to say when you get to the country. It has the same as other courses like hotel, food, travel, etc but also some extra drills like for the beach and the swimming pool. You feel everything you learn is useful, no wasted time. This is something I really liked in the course.

I bought it to complement the Portuguese classes I was attending. Now I feel confident to carry on on my own. You get a lot of support as a self-taught learner. This is a teach yourself course after all. And all the exercises have the answers so you can check your progress.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Appleton on Jan. 4 2006
This is a very good course in many respects, but one of its strongest points is its wide range of application. This is a course for the absolute beginner but also for the more advanced learner. I used it initially as a tourist and now I am using it (the more advanced units) for further study. It starts with the usual hotel, food, shopping, etc for the tourist. Then it moves on to more advanced language, for example, what you need when visiting the doctor or coping with a car accident. On a happier note, you learn what to say when you go to the hairdresser (men and women) and how to make social conversation at a party. You learn how to write a letter (social and formal) and how to make a phone call, not simple matters in a foreign language. At a further stage, this course really caters for the resident. You learn how to open a bank account, apply for a job, go about buying or renting a flat or a house. You even learn how to tell your domestic help how you would like the service done - cooking, house cleaning, clothes washing and ironing, feeding your pet. Nothing seems to be missing. Extremely useful indeed. A course I am very happy to recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By wenlarok on Sept. 4 2004
I am using this course to complement formal tuition and I am very pleased with it. What is so special about this course is the way it combines practical vocabulary with a solid basis in the language as a system of communication. When you learn things like buying your train fare or ordering a meal, you are given structures you can adapt to other situations. Everything you learn is useful. No time or effort is wasted. This may account for the rapid progress in this course. You start by learning how to say Hi! and ask for what you need on arrival in the foreign country. When you get to unit 24 you can write a letter applying to join a course on Brazilian culture at a Brazilian university.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr P Simmons on Dec 22 2006
Work took me to Brazil years ago. I learned the language then. Now I am approaching retirement age and thinking of buying a place in Porugal. I decided to brush up my Portuguese and bought this course. I am glad I did. I makes me feel on familiar ground. The occasional genuine differences between Brazilian and European Portuguese are cleary explained. So I can easily refresh what I already knew.

The voices are also a great help. There are male and female voices with a Brazilian and a European accent. The book explains the difference. This way you have the benefit of understanding both and you can pick as a model to follow the speaker that best suits you.

Little I knew how useful all this was going to be. I have just spent some time in Lisbon. In cafes and restaurants I was served by more Brazilian than Portuguese waiters! These Brazilians do not seem to have a problem with the European accent. Dr Cook teaches us non-native speakers to overcome any psychological barriers and enjoy the language, whatever the accent.
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