Teach Yourself Portuguese Complete Course Package (Book + 2CDs) Paperback – Apr 27 2004
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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.
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 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!
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!
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This is a very good course in many respects, but one of its strongest points is its wide range of application. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2006 by Jimmy Appleton
I quite like this course. Why? For more than one reason. It is very well organised, practical and incremental. Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2005 by Mandy Goodwill
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... Read morePublished on April 9 2005 by lalarupp
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... Read more
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