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Books & Audio Lesson Reviews

Ratings and reviews of Portuguese language lessons in book & audio format.

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 […]

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 […]

Portuguese Complete Course: Beginner-Intermediate, by Oliveira & Living Language

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 (6) 7 8 9 10 “Six outta ten!” Pros: step-by-step approach to speaking; coverage of grammar and sentence structure; wide range of topics; longer, detailed book; auido CDs that follow the book’s outline; builds up from words to phrases to longer reading and listening exercises Cons: listen & repeat […]

Teach Yourself Portuguese Grammar by Sue Tyson-Ward

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 (6) 7 8 9 10 “Six outta ten!” Pros: covers a great deal of grammar up to the later intermediate level; explanations and examples of Portuguese sentences; lots of exercises with variety and relevance to topics; decent balance of both Brazilian and European Portuguese (but not perfect, so proceed […]

Hugo Language: Portuguese in Three Months by Maria Fernanda Allen

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 6 (7) 8 9 10 “Seven outta ten!” Pros: covers a lot of grammar; exposure to wide array of written Portuguese in ten lessons; good extra material; will have you reading large amount of Portuguese by the end; can be completed in three months if dedicated; lots of practice […]

Say It Right in Brazilian Portuguese: The Fastest Way to Correct Pronunciation by EPLS

Score: 1 2 3 4 (5) 6 7 8 9 10 “Five outta ten!” Pros: short, small travel phrasebook; decent organization; index and table of contents; a couple basic cultural and travel bullet points at each section; English-Portuguese vocabulary list; helpful, if not gimmicky, pronunciation key alongside all words for those readers that “get it” […]