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Dictionary & Reference Reviews

Reviews and ratings of Portuguese language dictionaries, grammar guides, and other reference materials.

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 […]

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; […]

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 […]

Dicionário da língua portuguesa by Porto Dicionários Editora

This updated Portuguese language dictionary is a contender for your reference shelf. If you’re an intermediate or advanced student of Portuguese looking for a real Portuguese dictionary, this is one of the more impressive items up for grabs. It’s published in Portugal by the staff at Dicionários Editora, O Porto. It includes the spelling reform […]

Dicionário Inglês-Português & Dicionário Português-Inglês

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 (8) 9 10 “Eight outta ten!” Pros: dedicates all its pages to the one thing a dictionary’s supposed to handle: words to look up; impressive coverage of huge number of words; good layout; cues help pick between multiple translations of the same word (assuming you know a […]

Living Language Portuguese Learner’s Dictionary

Score: 1 2 3 (4) 5 6 7 8 9 10 “Four outta ten!” Pros: Portuguese-English section good enough for certain look-ups; sample sentences beneath some entries; actually decent if looked at as an extensive vocabulary list rathern than a comprehensive dictionary; a nice extra when packed with Living Language’s Portuguese lesson book & CD […]

Portuguese: A Language Map by Kristine Kershul

Score: 1 2 3 4 (5) 6 7 8 9 10 “Five outta ten!” Pros: artistic and visual; good choice of survival phrases; clear division into topics; fold-out may attract some on-the-go travelers and language learners; stays basic and doesn’t go off on any tangents like travel tips or cultural notes (phrases only!) Cons: despite […]

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 […]

Portuguese Made Nice & Easy by REA

Score: 1 2 (3) 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 “Three outta ten!” Pros: sixty pages of Portuguesee phrases; decent attempt at conceptualizing “fill-in” phrases (to help you build a variety of Portuguese sentences); price Cons: attempts to be Portugal-centric (European only), but includes some Brazilian without indicating the difference; does not TEACH you […]

Portuguese Phrases For Dummies by Karen Keller

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 (6) 7 8 9 10 “Six outta ten!” Pros: decent coversage of phrases; lots of explanations about language and phrase use in Brazil; pronunciation guide; introduction to grammar; strong vocab index with page numbers; engaging text and formating; Portuguese phrases given in useful spurts rather than long lists Cons: […]