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Oxford Picture Dictionary English/Brazilian Portuguese

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 6 (7) 8 9 10 “Seven outta ten!” Pros: a ton of Portuguese vocabulary arranged by theme; colorful, glossy presentation full of images; each image corresponds to vocabulary words on the same page; topical arrangement (categories and subcategories) works perfectly and reflects language use in everyday life; precise selection […]

Semantica Brazilian Portuguese Level 1

Semantica Method: Brazilian Portuguese is a conversational language course divided into 36 lessons. Uniquely, the “lessons” are all videos spread across 2 DVDs. The learning process involves watching a video series of filmed conversations and interactions between Brazilian Portuguese speakers. Like many audio methods, Semantica’s program doesn’t involve written exercises or significant amounts of reading. […]

Pois não: Brazilian Portuguese Course for Spanish Speakers

In Pois não, Antônio Simões delivers a Portuguese course with a “basic reference grammar”. It’s different from your typical Portuguese course, as it targets learners who already speak Spanish. Although there are great differences between Spanish and Portuguese, the author capitalizes on the mass of similarities between these two Ibero-Italic languages to speed up the […]

Instant Brazilian Portuguese Vocabulary Builder by Tom Means

Score: 1 2 3 (4) 5 6 7 8 9 10 “Four outta ten!” Pros: good exercises ask you to make word associations in Portuguese rather than in translation; good focus on Brazilian use & examples; phrases for certain words, and meaning hints for trickier words; audio tracks read select vocabulary & exercises out loud; […]

Talk Now! Learn Portuguese by EuroTalk Interactive

(The top image link is for Brazilian Portuguese. The second links to the European Portuguese product.) Talk Now! Learn Portuguese offers a software package that trains individual learners to speak basic Portuguese words and phrases from a home computer. These lessons include audio files that read the phrases out loud, games & activities for each […]

Talking Brazilian: A Brazilian Portugese Pronunciation Workbook by Mario Perini

Talking Brazilian is a text book with 2 audio CDs by Mário Perini. The book aims to help learners pronounce, speak and read Brazilian Portuguese with native confidence. Like Modern Portuguese, this same author’s treatment of grammar, Talking Brazilian introduces students to the way Portuguese is actually spoken in Brazil instead of the standard formal […]

Teach Yourself One-Day Portuguese by Elisabeth Smith

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 6 (7) 8 9 10 “Seven outta ten!” Pros: straightforward audio & booklet; listen, learn and repeat approach great for auditory learners; mostly sticks to 50 basic words and 20 essential phrases that will go far in your travels around Portugal; affordable; good niche product that provides a small […]

Teach Yourself Beginner’s Portuguese by Sue Tyson-Ward

Score: 1 2 3 4 (5) 6 7 8 9 10 “Five outta ten!” Pros: decent pacing; lots of dialogues and activities; vocab lists kept short and relevant to readings/topics; language and grammar points covered are solid for beginners; includes index, glossary & table of contents; Cons: European Portuguese only (but sometimes covers Brazilian use […]

Barron’s FSI Mastering Portuguese by Jack Lee Ulsh

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 (8) 9 10 “Eight outta ten!” Pros: like one long pronunciation and conversation drill in Portuguese; rather good pacing; plenty of example phrases to repeat along with; many variations of a single phrase make for solid and diverse practice; good audio breaks down phrases and tricky pronunciation […]

Modern Portuguese: A Reference Grammar by Mario Perini

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 (9) 10 “Nine outta ten!” Pros: solid treatment of huge range of grammar and sentence structure topics; plenty of examples of real-life Brazilian Portuguese in use; author focuses on grammar as it’s used by native speakers in Brazil, unlike the standard language of even Brazilian Portuguese […]