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“Portuguese reference books”

Oxford Picture Dictionary English/Brazilian Portuguese

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Collins Pocket Portuguese Dictionary, 4th Edition

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 (9) 10 “Nine outta ten!” Pros: great overall package for beginning students; nice formatting with terms colored blue; “Portuguese in Action” section a great inclusion for beginners; very complete for a very small dictionary; ambiguous translations are marked with meaning guides; IPA pronunciation given for terms […]

Collins Portuguese Concise Dictionary 2nd Edition (HarperCollins Concise Dictionaries)

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 (8) 9 10 “Eight outta ten!” Pros: great coverage of useful words and phrases for a dictionary this price and size; keyword usage guides your choice when translations are ambiguous; more detailed than a small pocket dictionary, less than a weighty full-coverage one; IPA pronunciation given for […]

Larousse Concise Dictionary: Portuguese-English/English-Portuguese

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 (8) 9 10 “Eight outta ten!” Pros: large number of useful words and phrases for a dictionary this size; language and meaning usage hints guide your choice of ambiguous translations; more detailed than smaller pocket dictionaries, less than hefty full-coverage tomes; irregular and orthography-changing verb chart; Brazilian […]

Oxford New Portuguese Dictionary & Oxford Color Portuguese Dictionary (Paperback)

Score: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 (8) 9 10 “Eight outta ten!” Pros: a compact dictionary that’s actually compact in size; large number of useful entries; helpful meaning guides for ambiguous entries; usage examples; irregular verb list at end; color edition nice touch and easier to search; great for students and travelers Cons: […]