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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DK; Rev Ed edition (3 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140530104X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405301046
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.4 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Floetry on 26 Jan. 2014
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As a British expat living in Portugal for nearly 5yrs and still struggling to learn the language, this is by far the best 'teach yourself' book I have bought so far - and I have many. I have learnt more from this book than I have from the weekly classes I have been taking for years. The famously complicated Portuguese grammar is explained in a way that has finally made it 'click' and I feel more confident in using the language and understanding conversational Portuguese with all it's idioms and colloquialisms, thanks to the dialogues in the book.

I love doing the exercises. They help you to ensure that you have not just read the chapter but also taken it all in and know how to apply what you have learnt. I actually ENJOY learning from this book and I can't say that about any of the others in my collection.

I would give it the full 5 stars but it didn't come with a CD and apparently the CD is no longer available which is a shame and the book still refers to the CD at the beginning. Not too big an issue for me as I hear Portuguese being spoken all around me but might be an issue for others who need to hear and practice their pronounciation.

Although I would highly recommend this book, I very much doubt you could achieve any degree of fluency in any language, much less Portuguese, in 3 months if you're an absolute beginner. However, if you do already have a degree of competency, perhaps to intermediate level, this book will help fill in some gaps, consolidate the basics, clarify the dreaded subjunctive and improve your confidence with the language.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Diana at The Saker on 20 Oct. 2012
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I first bought the Hugo Portuguese course in 2000 and found both books - basic and advanced to be well written, very clear and well paced to build on a learners skills. I lost these books when my houseboat sank this year and am delighted to have been able to replace them. The size and format of these little books is excellent as they fit into a handbag or pocket for convenience - essential, if like me, you want to study while commuting to work! Highly recommended if you want to understand how a language works.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By paula b on 14 April 2013
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Great book. Lots of information and exercises were really useful to see if you had taken it all in. However, it is hard work, particularly the last few chapters.

I learn well the old fashioned way as this is what I was used to at school. It is really a Portuguese text book and to benefit alot of effort is needed. I cannot fault it, but it is not a quick fix to learning Portuguese.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Suem on 27 Aug. 2013
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As a senior learner coming to a foreign language late in life, this is a great tool, very clear in the differences in Portugese and English punctuation etc, a great help to me. really good
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gino DB on 15 April 2011
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I've had this book around 2 weeks and I have to say that it is a good book. It explains everything very well - the pronunciation is a little difficult without CD's but I found a good guide on the net for it. I speak a few languages, and I have to say that even if you do, or don't you only get out of a language what you put into it - if you invest the time and revise (yes like you used to do when you were 16) then you will develop your vocab and grammar quickly.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 May 2013
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Bought this to back up the m. Thomas language cd's I was using. Am older so although the Thomas method is excellent I need to write things down to truly remember everything!! Bought 2nd hand so did not get the cd but even on its own it leads you through the grammar really well. A great partner to the Thomas CD's
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kitty on 5 May 2014
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I have been learning Portuguese for a few months following this book every week and it is very comprehensive. Everything you need to know about the language is explained in this book. I found the beginning a bit difficult but after chapter 2 I got into it and continued week by week. I also watch Bom dia Porgual online.

The only disappointment is the lack of CDs to learn the pronunciation properly. Highly recommended
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gabrielle Collison on 4 Sept. 2008
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I am a bit of a language nerd, so I enjoy getting to grips with the intricacies of grammar. However, this book will not suit everyone...it is as dry as toast, so I have given it a 4 and not a 5. I have many books on my shelf for learning Portuguese and whilst this one isn't my favourite, it is still a very useful addition indeed, especially for referring back to when you are trying to quickly find an answer to a grammar query. I wouldn't be without my copy, but I think other books out there got me speaking Portuguese quicker.
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