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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 6.9 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Learn another language the way you learnt your own.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Michael Domnin on 31 Aug. 2012
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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 of 1 people found the following review helpful By yuksom on 28 Mar. 2013
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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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Brilliant. Simple yet thorough. Good fun language learning. Great idea to include native speaker for pronunciation. After Total then Perfect Portuguese box sets, I feel confident in expressing myself in a language I couldn't speak a few months ago.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By scz on 19 Feb. 2013
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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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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Very disappointing 5 Feb. 2013
By Adoro Ler - Published on Amazon.com
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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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