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Complete Portuguese: Teach Yourself (Book/CD Pack) [Paperback]

Manuela Cook
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Book Description

30 July 2010 1444107682 978-1444107685

Do you want to be able to speak, read and write Portuguese confidently? This best-selling course from Teach Yourself - the No. 1 brand in language learning - teaches both European and Brazilian Portuguese through real-life situations that make grammar and vocabulary easy and memorable. Learning is fast and fun with an easy-to-read page design and complete audio support (available separately - MP3 compatible).

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 Portugal.


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

The course is available as a book (9781444107678), as a pack comprising the book and double CD (9781444107685) and as a double CD (9781444107692).

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Product details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself (30 July 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1444107682
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444107685
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 345,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

The complete course for a fun and effective way to learn Portuguese. This best-selling course comprises a book and audio support which is easy to download to your MP3 player or iPod. The book (ISBN: 9781444107678) and the audio support (ISBN: 9781444107692) are also sold individually.

About the Author

Dr Manuela Cook FCIL is a linguist and specialist in Portuguese studies with a wide experience in teaching and examining Portuguese from 'holiday' courses to under- and post-graduate programmes.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Confusing mix 25 Feb 2013
By Stina
I bought this course because I want to learn European portugese. I found it quite useless, due to the mix of european and brazilian portugese. It's hard enough for beginners to learn one of the versions, and here it's mixed with brazilian and european portugese within the same dialogues. That makes it harder to learn and remember new words and phrases. It's also difficult to use the audio alone, for instance in the car, because you need the book to keep track of what's brazilian and what's european. I ended up buying another course.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thorough but confusing 6 Oct 2011
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I recently decided to take up learning European Portuguese, but found that most learning materials seem geared towards the Brazilian version. I bought this on the strength of its reviews. It is well laid out with short exercises to test your knowledge. However I find the mix of Portuguese and Brazilian dialogues confusing. Having learnt a bit of Spanish in the past I am struggling with pronounciation, and would have much preferred all dialogues to be in the European version, with more repetition. It is better that 'Collins Speak Portuguese' though, which has inaccurate phonetic transcriptions, and lots of words and phrases that you don't have the chance to listen too.

If anyone anyone can recommend a European Only course, with accurate phonetic transcriptions, and plenty of audio material to listen to, please let me know.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teach yourself Portuguese Book/CD pack 22 Mar 2013
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After completing "Get Started in Portuguese" I naturally moved on to this book. I find it IS excellent. It notes how Brazilian differs slightly from European Portuguese. There are Brazilian and European Portuguese speakers on the CDs and for me this was not a particular problem, quite the contrary. I used the CDs with the book and then again in the car. Listening to them over and again. It covers everything from introducing yourself to the passive, subjunctive and personal infinitive which is as complicated as it gets. Having done this book - three times now I can easily read the Portuguese newspaper "Publico" on line. I also have all the other Teach Yourself Portuguese books... grammar, 50 ways, speak Portuguese with confidence and they are all excellent.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Sandy
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I had been looking for a European Portuguese course and most of the courses I found in Amazon were for Brazilian Portuguese - which is quite a bit different from European Portuguese, particularly in the pronunciation. The majority of European Portuguese courses are very basic and I had already completed the Linguaphone PDQ course and wanted something that went further into the language. The description of 'Teach Yourself Complete Portuguese' sounded ideal - it promised to take one to CEF level B2 (A level standard). It covers the same grammar and vocabulary over a similar number of units to the Linguaphone Portuguese Complete CD course, but cost 20 something pounds, as opposed to the £200 of the Linguaphone course. On a positive note it does cover the main grammar and offers a good range of vocabulary. the author obviously knows what she is talking about and explains things well with lots of examples. She also includes cultural information.
On a negative note the book offers a confusing mix of European and Brazilian Portuguese and I can't image learners of either type of Portuguese being satisfied. It is very frustrating as a false beginner/elementary level student who is struggling with difficult sounds of Portuguese to be given two very different pronuncations of the same word. There are so many Brazilian Portuguese courses on offer it would have been good if Manuela Cook had written this as a European Portuguese course. My other major complaint is that the course promises to take one to B2 but the level of vocabulary in the later reading texts never reach that level and the exercises are very simple right up to the last unit.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars European OR Brazilian ?? 9 Feb 2014
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I wanted to learn some basic language to use in PORTUGAL
It is confusing to have the mixture of both European as well as Brazilian
Would have been less confusing = easier to learn if this were produced as 2 separate versions .
Or especially for the recordings if there was an option to choose which voices to be played.

Alan Baker.
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