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“Portuguese for beginners”

Jun
9
2010

Oxford Picture Dictionary English/Brazilian Portuguese

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 6 (7) 8 9 10 “Four 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 […]

Apr
20
2010

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. […]

Mar
25
2010

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 […]

Jan
22
2010

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 […]

Jan
15
2010

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 […]

Jan
11
2010

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 […]

Jan
5
2010

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 […]

Dec
15
2009

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 […]

Oct
1
2009

Cortina Conversational Brazilian Portuguese: The Easy Method by Williams & Pessoa

Score: 1 2 3 4 (5) 6 7 8 9 10 “Five outta ten!” Pros: price, especially if you send away for the free CD/cassette; plenty of conversational back and forth; difficulty increases progressively; each example is highlighted by slightly different variations to practice Cons: exercises require repeating and assimilating but without much guidance from […]

Sep
28
2009

Michel Thomas Method: Speak Portuguese (for beginners)

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 […]