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Portuguese phrasebooks

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; […]

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 […]

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: […]

Berlitz Portuguese Phrase Book & Audio CD by Emily Bemath

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 (8) 9 10 “Eight outta ten!” Pros: covers Brazilian and European usage; lots of phrases; well organized; color-coded and easily searchable; audio CD reads some examples to you Cons: Portugal-focused, leaving out info about Brazil and some Brazilian usage; no reference page numbers in the vocabulary/dictionary (needs […]