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“Brazilian and European Portuguese”

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Harrap’s Pocket Portuguese Grammar

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 6 (7) 8 9 10 “Seven outta ten!” Pros: covers European and Brazilian Portuguese; solid organization by major grammar topics; color and formatting design clearly sets relevant topics apart for easy look-up Cons: too compact to cover some of the more difficult aspects of many topics; explanations focus on […]

Speak Portuguese with Confidence by Sue Tyson-Ward

Score: 1 2 3 4 (5) 6 7 8 9 10 “Five outta ten!” Pros: price (relative to other CD/audio conversation courses); full dialogs; fairly realistic usage Cons: limited amount and scope of material; little to guide you along at your own pace; focus on larger chunks of language; no real exercise; little attention to […]

Barron’s 501 Portuguese Verbs (Paperback) by John J. Nitti & Michael J. Ferreira

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 (8) 9 10 “Eight outta ten!” Pros: does exactly what it sets out to; great reference book; easy to flip through & search; examples of each verb in use; affordable price; good introduction Cons: limited in scope; most verbs highly regular & arguably not “necessary”; some of […]

Teach Yourself Portuguese Complete Course with Audio CDs, by Manuela Cook

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 6 (7) 8 9 10 “Seven outta ten!” Pros: price; exercises throughout; good coverage of grammar, pronunciation & conversation topics Cons: a bit formulaic; learning requires repeating along with dialogs and vocabulary; heavy reliance on English This course contains ten units that teach both European and Brazilian Portuguese, with […]