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“European Portuguese”

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Total Portuguese (Michel Thomas Method)

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 (8) 9 10 “Eight outta ten!” Pros: lively and engaging audio; focus on Portuguese grammar and word-building skills; strong attempt to introduce Portuguese words into your everyday use from the very beginning; no expectation that you’ll memorize vocabulary lists; audio activities integrated into the conversation of each […]

Conversational Portuguese in 7 Days by Fleming and Rainbow

Score: 1 2 3 4 (5) 6 7 8 9 10 “Five outta ten!” Pros: covers a good mix of phrases and vocabulary; some audio to get an ear for Portuguese; decent price; explains some basic grammar in context Cons: some “days” will take you longer than a day to process; skims over some major […]

Portuguese: An Essential Grammar by Janet Lloyd

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 (6) 7 8 9 10 “Six outta ten!” Pros: abundant examples; great organization; covers all basic topics of beginning & intermediate Portuguese grammar Cons: European Portuguese dialect only; no exercises; short, terse explanations leave some to fend for themselves; better as a reference work Portuguese: An Essential Grammar offers […]