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Colloquial Portuguese of Brazil : The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series) [Paperback]

Simoes Osborne , Joao Sampaio , Barbara McIntyre
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Book Description

14 Mar 2002 0415276799 978-0415276795 2

COLLOQUIAL PORTUGUESE OF BRAZIL is easy to use and completely up to date!

Specially written by experienced teachers for self-study or class use, the course offers a step-by-step approach to written and spoken Portuguese of Brazil. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

What makes COLLOQUIAL PORTUGUESE OF BRAZIL your best choice in personal language learning?

Interactive – lots of exercises for regular practice

Clear – concise grammar notes

Practical – useful vocabulary and pronunciation guide

Complete – including answer key and reference section

Whether you're a business traveller, or about to take up a daring challenge in adventure tourism, you may be studying to teach or even looking forward to a holiday - if you'd like to get up and running with Portuguese of Brazil this rewarding course will take you from complete beginner to confidently putting your language skills to use in a wide range of everyday situations

Course components:

The complete course comprises the book and audio materials. These are available to purchase separately in paperback, ebook, CD and MP3 format. The paperback and CDs can also be purchased together in the great-value Colloquials pack.

Paperback: 978-0-415-27679-5 (please note this does not include the audio)

CDs: 978-0-415-28090-7

EBook: 978-0-203-88918-3 (please note this does not include the audio, available from http://www.ebookstore.tandf.co.uk)

MP3s: 978-0-415-55156-4 (available from http://www.ebookstore.tandf.co.uk/html/)

Pack: 978-0-415-45393-6 (paperback and CDs)


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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (14 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415276799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415276795
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

The second edition of the popular Colloquial Portuguese of
Brazil is easy to use and completely up to date!

Specially written by experienced teachers for self-study and class use, the
course offers you a step-by-step approach to written and spoken Portuguese
of Brazil. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

What makes Colloquial Portuguese of Brazil your best choice in personal
language learning?

- Emphasis on conversational language with clear pronunciation
guidance

- Grammar section for easy reference

- Comprehensive vocabulary lists (Portuguese-English and
English--Portuguese)

- Stimulating exercises with lively illustrations

By the end of this rewarding course you will be able to communicate
confidently and effectively in the Portuguese of Brazil in a broad range of
everyday situations. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars portuguese lessons 25 Feb 2014
By JWT
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nice book, we are learning portuguese at work and this is the book we're using. Good approach to the language and lots of fun
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4.0 out of 5 stars Portuguese course book 28 July 2014
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough audio 3 Oct 2000
By Hunter W. Wolcott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I think this is a poor choice for the total beginner. The audio starts with fairly advanced dialogue, spoken very quickly. While that may well be the way the Brazilians speak, it is useless to the beginning student. The book is comprehensive, but poor for self study - picture your high school Spanish text, without the teacher. I gave up on this one after two fruitless hours, and bought Pimsleur's Audio course. I may go back to Portuguese of Brazil - The Complete Course for Beginners, but only AFTER I finish Pimsleurs.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Horrible! 24 July 2002
By eddi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
This book would be a nightmare for a beginner because it jumps into Portuguese in such a confusing way. It just throws lists of words for you to memorize, and introduces grammar that is hardly even practiced in the exercises.
This book is also very aloof, and hardly forms a "relationship" with the reader. All the explanations are not in-depth. New grammar and vocabulary is just explained with a sentence, and then the reader is left on his/her own.
Here's an example of an exercise:
Exercise 2
Can you remember what the following are in Portuguese?
duty-free, boarding card, departure board, non-smoking, passport control, departure lounge, departure gate
No, I can't remember what they are-all I was given was a list of words!
Compared to Colloquial Icelandic(which is an EXCELLENT Colloquial course), this book is severely lacking, and that is quite surprising. A language spoken by around 200,000 people is taught so much more in depth than one spoken by almost 200,000,000!
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOBODY WOULD SPEAK LIKE THAT 24 July 2006
By Jose F. Bacelar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am a portuguese speaker (Brazilian) and don't know why ALL those colloquial books do not show the way people speak on the streets. As far as I could notice, those dialogues would never take place in Rio or Sao Paulo ou any other city in Brazil. For instance, the placing of an object pronoun deeply differs from Brazil to Portugal. In Brazil, it tends to be at the very beginning of a sentence:

Como e que voce se chama? (What's your name?)

ME chamo Esqualidus. (My name is Squalidus.)

In Brazil we tend to use gerunds, while in Portugal they love to use a preposition plus an infinitive:

For instace, let's see the sentence "What are you eating?":

O que e que voce ta COMENDO? (Br.)

O que estas A COMER? (Port.)

As you could notice above, Brazilian colloquial language is full of expletives. Those expletives are not found in those colloquial books.

It's a crying shame that a so widely spoken language do not deserve a good book for teaching very beginners this beautiful latin language.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book 7 Nov 2000
By N. D. Allen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Although this book was a disappointment when I was first learning Portuguese six months ago, now that I am an intermediate plus Portuguese speaker/writer I find this book an invaluable reference. It is well indexed, making it easy to find the topic I need to review. It includes enough examples to make the point clear (but not enough when I was first learning).
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Péssimo! - Awful! 22 Sep 2005
By Yvonne P. Joseph - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I enjoy studying languages of my choice using self-study kits (books w/cassettes or cds), particularly Brazilian Portuguese. Out of the several language kits I own on this language, I'm sad to say that the 'Colloquial Portuguese of Brazil' is the worst!

The Portuguese spoken on the tapes is way too fast for a beginner to understand. Even intermediate students may have difficulty understanding, just the same. I tried listening to one tape without using the book to practice developing my listening skills. I didn't get far as the Portuguese, spoken so rapidly, was indecipherable. That is, unless you consult the book, of course. I had more fun, and fared better with, listening to the Pimsleur audio course (on cds).

In addition, there is audible background silence between the dialogues, and the English-speaking male explaining the lessons in a flat tone of voice. The background silence, combined with the conductor's flat voice, are sufficient to make the listener (who may already be suffering by using this course) nod off on occasion. I've already had my share with that.

As for the book, the text is flat, dry and impersonal. Even the illustrations in the book are humdrum and lackluster. After two years, I finally resolved to discard them both as they were sitting in my bookshelf taking up space. (Actually, I kept the case where the tapes were in. I could always use that when I'm carrying my other language tapes!)

Evite deste, pessoal! - In English: Stay away from this one, folks. It's no good, and is a complete waste of money. Check out, instead, other well-known book and audio kits, such as the Teach Yourself series, Living Language, Barron's and Pimsleur, among others.
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