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The Routledge Portuguese Bilingual Dictionary (Revised 2014 edition): Portuguese-English and English-Portuguese (Routledge Bilingual Dictionaries)
The Routledge Portuguese Bilingual Dictionary (Revised 2014 edition): Portuguese-English and English-Portuguese (Routledge Bilingual Dictionaries)
by Maria F. Allen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £135.14

4.0 out of 5 stars For the Lusophone World, 9 Jun 2012
This dictionary has a big plus in relation to others. It seeks an overall coverage of all Portuguese-speaking countries and both UK and USA English usage. It also aims at covering several registers, from formal to the very colloquial. All this is laudable but challenging. A project of this nature might have benefited from more than one volume. This takes us to another point, this time a minus, the price. Although the wide coverage may justify paying more, price is quite high.

Another aspect deserving comment is spelling. The book may have gone to print in the period of transition to the new Lusophone spelling agreement. It is a good idea to have both the 'old' and the new spellings, but in the Preface there are some reticent statements which are now dated, as the orthographic changes have been implemented in some countries and are being implemented in others.

My four star rating is assuming an improvement on the price and an update in the Preface. This will probably come at the next reprint.

Portugal in European and World History
Portugal in European and World History
by Malyn Newitt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.60

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but with scope for improvement, 26 Nov 2011
This book covers the history of Portugal from its beginnings to the late 1980s. A significant plus in this work is that it is quite a well-balanced record of the main events in the history of Portugal. Another plus is that the history of the country is presented in a wider context, European and Worldwide, and for those who wish to read further there is a good bibliography at the end of the book. This is, however, an interpretative account of events, and it will be better to read also other authors so points of view can be compared and contrasted. A good companion book will be 'História concisa de Portugal', by Hermano Saraiva, or, in English, 'Portugal a Companion History', equally by Hermano Saraiva. Finally, there is an unfortunate minus, lack of accuracy in matters of detail, as pointed out by another reviewer. Hopefully this will be put right in future reprints.

The Portuguese:A Modern History
The Portuguese:A Modern History
by Barry Hatton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting view, 18 Nov 2011
Pluses: This is a captivating work with noble intentions expressed in the Preface, of showing appreciation for the Portuguese people and raising Portugal's profile. Equally captivating is the lively journalistic style in which the book is written. Yet another plus is the good variety of topics, amongst them a chapter on 'Fado Music and the Soul of Portugal' and one on 'The Importance of Eating Well'.
Minuses: You may be rather disappointed if, based on the book title, you were expecting a History. As the author honestly explains in the Preface, some of the evidence is 'anecdotal' and he hopes 'to provide a view'; he is not claiming he has written a history. This book is a very interesting but personal view. It is fundamentally a subjective account.

Complete Portuguese: Teach Yourself (Audio Support)
Complete Portuguese: Teach Yourself (Audio Support)
by Manuela Cook
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £25.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top course except for the audio, 18 Nov 2011
Pluses: Superb course in structure, vocabulary choice, number and variety of practice and self-testing exercises, and extra help in the way of summaries, insight boxes and above all 'handy hints' boxes. The best!
Minuses: Just one, in the audio. In the dialogues European and Brazilian speakers interact. Having both accents is a good idea but it would be much better if we had two separate audiotapes, one with the Brazilian voices and the other with the European voices. This way you could concentrate on one accent at a time.

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