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Colloquial Portuguese of Brazil [+cassettes]: The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series) Paperback – 11 Dec 1997

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New edition edition (11 Dec. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415161398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415161398
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 17.1 x 5.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,356,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

- Grammar section for easy reference

- Comprehensive vocabulary lists (Portuguese-English and

- 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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JWT on 25 Feb. 2014
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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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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mick_mender on 28 July 2014
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Not enough audio 3 Oct. 2000
By Hunter W. Wolcott - Published on
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
Horrible! 24 July 2002
By eddi - Published on
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
By Zhungarian Alatau - Published on
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
Good reference book 7 Nov. 2000
By N. D. Allen - Published on
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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
Péssimo! - Awful! 22 Sept. 2005
By Yvonne P. Joseph - Published on
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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