Teach Yourself Portuguese Complete Course Package (Book + 2CDs) Paperback – Apr 27 2004
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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!
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.
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.
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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I am using this course as an absolute beginner and someone who does not find languages easy to learn. Read morePublished on April 18 2006 by G Reyes
I learned Portuguese as a foreign language quite e few years ago. My first contact with the language was thru one of Manuela Cook's earlier courses. Read morePublished on April 8 2006 by N. Rockwell
Languages is not my scene. The implications are that i need words to have practical application and something well structured but i don't like grammar. Read morePublished on April 1 2006 by rosy farmer
As a beginner I really enjoyed this course. It gave me what I needed to get by on a first visit. The first five chapters are very easy to follow with hardly any grammar but... Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2006 by Ruth L
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