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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: #250,307 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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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 36 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a GEM! Worth every penny! Aug. 18 2011
By The man who likes to read - Published on Amazon.com
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!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So helpful! March 11 2012
By sarah - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World Cup Jan. 8 2013
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Bought this as a gift for a friend who is planning a trip to Brazil for the football World Cup. I always purchase Lonely Planet guides and phrasebooks, so this was a no-brainer. She is really enjoying it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's be fair! Aug. 19 2011
By Lisa Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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.

LET'S BE FAIR TO THE AUTHOR, THE PUBLISHERS ... AND THE LANGUAGE!
5.0 out of 5 stars and I would highly recommend it. I have no background in Spanish Oct. 26 2015
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Bought this for a trip to Rio de Janeiro, and I would highly recommend it. I have no background in Spanish, and I had heard that English was not widely spoken in Brazil, so I wanted a means for translation and communication. This book was excellent, and pretty essential for my communication on this trip. While some people did speak English (especially those in very tourist driven businesses such as tour guides and concierges in beach front hotels) and some communication can be done through gestures and pointing, having the book was essential for quick and easy communication. And this book was perfect for learning phrases that I used frequently, for restaurants or shopping, or directions. There were definitely times I think without the book to translate words we would have been lost, stuck somewhere, or forced to go elsewhere due to lack of understanding. To fully enjoy your trip, I think having a translational aid is pretty important, and this book certainly provides that. As a note, the book has both a Portuguese-to-English and English-to-Portuguese dictionary section, that cover a limited but pretty useful set of specific words, and a food dictionary section that is nice if you are looking to buy groceries especially. Would recommend it, and would buy again.


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