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“Portuguese grammar”

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Portuguese Verbs and Essentials of Grammar by Sue Tyson-Ward

Score: 1 2 3 (4) 5 6 7 8 9 10 “Four outta ten!” Pros: short explanations and good examples; overall decent organization; good coverage of beginner-intermediate Portuguese grammar topics; low price Cons: no exercises; unclear relation between some sections and chapters; missing a crucially needed look-up system for reference use Sue Tyson-Ward’s Portuguese Verbs […]

Ultimate Portuguese Beginner-Intermediate (CD/Book) by Living Language

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 6 (7) 8 9 10 “Seven outta ten!” Pros: lots of Portuguese conversation topics; good exposure to grammar; complementary audio; solid grammar review at end of book; price Cons: presentation of grammar sometimes inadequate; longer vocabulary lists to memorize without context; basic and less effective exercises; cultural notes are […]