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Perfect Portuguese (Learn Portuguese with the Michel Thomas Method) [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Virginia Catmur
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27 April 2012 1444167022 978-1444167023 Unabridged

A new edition is now available, ISBN: 9781473602342

Already completed Michel Thomas Total Portuguese?

Take your Portuguese to the next level with this acclaimed follow-on to the Michel Thomas Method Total Course.

No books. No writing. No memorizing.

- Guaranteed success. Speak and understand perfectly

- Incredible progress. Get what you want, fast

- Absolute confidence. Unleash your natural learning style without trying

The Method:

Stress-free audio learning

Michel Thomas teaches you through your own language, so there's no stress, and no anxiety. He builds it up, step by step, and you don't move on until you've absorbed and understood the previous point. And, as Michel Thomas said, 'What you understand, you know; and what you know, you don't forget.' With parallels to the way you learned your own language, each language is learned in 'real-time' conditions. There is no need to stop for homework, additional exercises or vocabulary memorization.

A 'virtual' classroom

The classroom situation on the recording lets you learn with others. You enjoy their success, and you learn from their mistakes. The students on the recordings are not reading from scripts and they have received no additional instruction or preparation - just the guidance you hear on the recording. You, as the learner, become the third student and participate actively in the class.

There's no such thing as a poor student, only a poor teacher

This is an important part of the Michel Thomas Method. Full responsibility for your learning lies with the teacher, not with you, the pupil. This helps to ensure that you can relax and feel confident, allowing you to learn effectively.

Why it Works:

Learn another language the way you learned your own

You learned your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn Portuguese in the same way. You'll stick with it because you'll love it. Use the unique method perfected over fifty years by the celebrated psychologist and linguist Michel Thomas.

This method works with your brain, helping you to build up your Portuguese in manageable, enjoyable steps by thinking out the answers for yourself. You learn through listening and speaking without the pressure of writing or memorizing. You pick up the language naturally and unforgettably. Join the millions of people worldwide who have learned a new language with the Michel Thomas Method.

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Learn Anywhere

Don't be tied to chunky books or your computer, Michel Thomas Method audio courses let you learn whenever you want: at home, in your car, or on the move with your MP3 player.

What's in the Course?

Perfect Portuguese with the Michel Thomas Method includes up to 6 hours of audio on CD.

How Does it Work?

- Listen: collect words effortlessly by listening

- Connect: create your own mental tool kit by understanding how words fit together

- Speak: put the words back together to build sentences, naturally

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Unabridged edition (27 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444167022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444167023
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.8 x 6.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 661,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The nearest thing to painless learning" (The Times)

"A unique and perfectly brilliant way of learning languages" (Stephen Fry)

"The most extraordinary experience of my life" (Emma Thompson)

"Thomas makes it simple" (Sunday Times)

"Works like a dream" (Daily Telegraph)

"Michel Thomas is a precious find indeed" (The Guardian)

"Five minutes in and you already feel like you're winning" (Time Out)

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Learn another language the way you learnt your own.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intuitive, gradual, enjoyable and empowering 31 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Note that "Total Portuguese" and Perfect Portuguese" concern the language spoken in Portugal only. There is a reference at the end to Brazilian Portuguese, but it's only passing by.
I shall say from the start that I am in the process of completing "Total Portuguese" which is an excellent introduction to the Portuguese from Portugal. In the "Perfect Portuguese" course, there are 4 discs - half of the "Total Portuguese" one. There is still meat on the bone, so to speak, but it is a reduction, making the course more expensive than "Total Portuguese". However, still very valuable.
I've heard somewhere the criticism that the course is explained in English. I think it would be very naïve to say one can learn everything in Portuguese without any explanation in English, even at an advanced stage.
The lessons are given to two students, one struggling more than the other. The mistakes are there to point to difficulties.
Virginia Catmur, form Briançon, France, studied Portuguese at Oxford's and at Lisbon's university. She is intuitive, leads the learner deeper by accumulating more words to repeat about one particular point. That is indeed the essence of language knowledge, as you learn how to build a sentence which becomes more and more complex to represent the day to day language.
"Perfect Portuguese" underlines the postulate that to know the verbs of a language is to know the language. First, there is a review of the present tense for several verbs. I like how she classifies verbs, either track -ar verbs, or track non -ar verbs. Then you have the -nh verbs ( por, ponho; ter, tenho; vir, venho). Then there are the -zer verbs or from their first present singular endings, the -ço, -go verbs (fazer, faço; trazer, trago, dizer, digo) she goes deeply into the different conjugations.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Duplication of Advanced Portuguese 28 Mar 2013
By yuksom
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I agree with the American reviewer who pointed out that this was basically the same as Advanced Portuguese. I bought it from Amazon but had to return it for that reason.I am very disappointed in Michel Thomas is simply repackaging old wine in new bottles. What I am waiting for is the Masterclass in Portuguese.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Portuguese 19 Feb 2013
By scz
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I've already used the Michel Thomas Polish. I find this approach really suits me especially alongside more traditional grammar books.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing 5 Feb 2013
By Adoro Ler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you have the Michel Thomas Advanced Portuguese course from a few years back, do not order this. I had hoped that Perfect Portuguese would be essentially the next level to that course, but it is not. It is almost EXACTLY the same. So I have wasted $140 for the same course that I already own. I am very irritated that there was not some kind of disclaimer that the Michel Thomas folks had just repackaged and renamed the old Advanced course. Of course, it is not returnable since I actually opened and listened to it! I do think the these courses are well done in the manner they are taught, using a teacher, two people acting as students, and a native speaker to assist with pronunciation. It is much more interesting than a "listen/repeat" type course. That is why I was looking forward to this latest course. Shame on them.
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