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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: 16.5 x 4.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #902,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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I am using this course as an absolute beginner and someone who does not find languages easy to learn. I find the course quite good, with a steady progression building up on what you learn. For me though top marks go to the way pronunciation is taught.
The course exposes the learner to different accents so you can understand native speakers wherever you go and also gives the learner the opportunity of practicing different accents. European and Brazilian accents are contrasted in the units in the book and the CDs.
Furthermore the CDs have a special section with detailed practice on how to distinguish and pronounce Brazilian and European Portuguese accents for all the sounds in the language. This corresponds to a very long table in the book in the Pronunciation section (pages 287-293) where you can find every sound, an English sound alike, the location in the Portuguese word, and how to pronounce it. You look at the sound in the table and listen to it on the CD. You can't go wrong!
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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. I liked it and now, that I am teaching the language, I have looked up this more recent course with my students in mind.
I am guiding a group of learners on a selftuition program and have chosen this course for their main source of information for the following reasons:
* it teaches a straighforward Portuguese you can use anywhere where Portuguese is spoken;
* it caters for the absolute beginner but later chapters address the needs of a more advanced learner;
* it starts with very little grammar but at the same time ensures the main structures are in place for further development in the second part of the course;
* it concentrates on practical vocabulary of everyday use but does not neglect structural features, which provides a good grounding for the mastery of the language.
This course goes a long way in more than one way. This is why I recommend it to my students and to you who have just read my review. Quite good!
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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. Learning that is fun also helps. With these requirements this course is for me.
This course teaches very practical vocabulary and takes a well structured approach that manages to be fun. The humorous pictures set the right mood. I like the big tooth symbol for the dentist, the witty no drink drive notice and speeding fine. The exercises are equally humorous. All this helps the pill go down. The pill (grammar) is also introduced gently, another bonus.
The whole course is highly informative but relaxed. It makes learning fun. That is why it is for people like me. I am very happy with it and very happy to recommend it to other learners.
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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 covering all the essentials. There is also a self help kit that enables you to communicate practically without knowing the language. You can write down questions, etc. by substituting words. This is a great help. Look at unit 5 and all the previous ones. Now I am attending classes but still using the course at home to complement what the teacher says. I hope to get to the end and I am confident my Portuguese will be quite ok. I really think this is an excellent course in the way it teaches the language from beginner to more advanced levels.
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