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Complete Brazilian Portuguese: Teach Yourself [Paperback]

Sue Tyson-Ward
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Book Description

27 Aug 2010

This product is most effective when used in conjunction with the corresponding audio support.

- You can purchase the book and audio support as a pack (ISBN: 9781444104165)

- The audio support is also sold separately (ISBN: 9781444104172)

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Are you looking for a complete course in Brazilian Portuguese which takes you effortlessly from beginner to confident speaker? Whether you are starting from scratch, or are just out of practice, Complete Brazilian Portuguese will guarantee success!

Now fully updated to make your language learning experience fun and interactive. You can still rely on the benefits of a top language teacher and our years of teaching experience, but now with added learning features within the course and online.

The course is structured in thematic units and the emphasis is placed on communication, so that you effortlessly progress from introducing yourself and dealing with everyday situations, to using the phone and talking about work.

By the end of this course, you will be at Level B2 of the Common European Framework for Languages: Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.

Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features:


One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.


Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.


Easy-to-follow building blocks to give you a clear understanding.


Easy to find and learn, to build a solid foundation for speaking.


Read and listen to everyday dialogues to help you speak and understand fast.


Don't sound like a tourist! Perfect your pronunciation before you go.


Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.


Extra online articles at: to give you a richer understanding of the culture and history of Brazil.


Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

The course is available as a book (9781444104158), as a pack comprising the book and double CD (9781444104165) and as a double CD (9781444104172).

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself (27 Aug 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1444104152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444104158
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 526,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

The best-selling complete course for a fun and effective way to learn Brazilian Portuguese.

This ISBN is for the paperback book. The corresponding audio support (ISBN: 9781444104172) is also available. The book and audio support can also be purchased as a pack (ISBN: 9781444104165).

About the Author

Sue Tyson-Ward is currently a part-time lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese at Lancaster Adult College and Chair of ALL Spanish and Portuguese Committee. She has extensive experience of teaching, examining and writing.

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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Let's be realistic! 22 Nov 2010
Despite the claims made on the cover - Your complete speaking, listening, reading and writing package - and further claims in the introduction, this is no more than a course for beginners that won't take you far. The approach is also very school like, it follows the journey of Sylvia Peters who visits a Brazilian family. If you really want a course that will equip you to interact in the country, you may find out this won't be it, too superficial. My copy has been returned to where it came from!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I initially bought the book and audio CD. I found the course to be well constructed and easy and fun to use. I travel twice a month to Brazil, and soon found myself able to communicate well with the locals. Then I saw that an ipad app version was available so I downloaded that. It is even better as the audio is embedded into the app and you don't need to get out the CD or ipod to hear the conversations. I would strongly recommend to anyone wanting to learn Brazilian Portuguese.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Brazilian Portuguese 18 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
This book, along with the accompanying CDs, is excellent. It doesn't talk down to the learner but gives 'the real thing'. By that I mean that the language is spoken at normal speed by both natives and an English person. The book is set out so that between the conversations, relevant things like grammar, vocabulary and spelling, are there to be worked on and memorised. The topics are the very ones that the traveller in Brazil will definitely need - at the airport; meeting people; in the cafe etc.

Highly recommended.
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3 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Flawed notions 20 Feb 2011
The most handiccaping feature of this course is the web of flawed notions behind the teaching, even in the preface. For instance, you come across statements like 'Portuguese has its roots predominantely in Latin...', 'It is basically a Romance (Latin-based) language...', 'Portuguese... based on Latin', 'Portuguese is mainly a Latin language'. None of this is quite right. What needs to be said is that Portuguese derives / evolved / developed from Latin. Local native languages where now Portugal is were defeated by the Latin-speaking Romans together with their speakers. Significant external influences came later, when the spoken Latin that became Portuguese was already established. In Brazil, influence from indigenous speakers and immigrants (Japanese, Italian, German, etc) only later impacted on Portuguese, by then a language with hundred of years of existence.

You also read 'Due to its (Portuguese) Latin roots, which are shared by many English roots...'. This is highly misleading. In their structure, Portuguese and English do not share roots, they are of different origins, Portuguese derives from Latin but English does not. What this book probably means is that some vocabulary is 'shared'. This is in general French words imported into English which have a parallel in Portuguese due to the fact that both French and Portuguese are Romance languages.

Topsy-turviness is everywhere. The English word 'marmalade' (from Portuguese 'marmelo', quince) is said to be associated with 'the far-flung edges reached by Portuguese navigators in the 15th and 16th centuries'. I'm afraid it didn't have to travel that far, it is a simple import into English, through French!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for the Kindle Fire HD 1 Dec 2012
By Kevin Coyle - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition with Audio/Video|Verified Purchase
I don't know which Kindle this ebook is for, but it's not for the Kindle Fire HD. Instead of audio content, on my Kindle Fire HD this ebook displayed "There is audio content at this location that is not currently supported for your device." I want to learn to speak Portuguese, not just read it, so a book without audio content is not useful to me.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Would love to use this product on my KINDLE WITH AUDIO 6 Feb 2012
By Amy Carson - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition with Audio/Video
Will someone tell me what the point is to having a kindle with audio if it can't support the new audio e-books? Seriously, this makes no sense to me...Apparently I was better off buying an i-pod to read kindle ebooks. The whole point for me was to use it to learn languages while traveling--It would have been perfect for this.

Sorry to give the product one star; it may be a great language guide. Please find a way to offer it to kindle users.
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