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4.0 out of 5 stars The best I could find., 26 Aug 2007
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Catriona Mccabe (Aberdeen, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Larousse Concise Dictionary: Portuguese-English/English-Portuguese (Paperback)
Whilst on a quest to discover an unabridged English-Portuguese/Portuguese-English dictionary, this is the best one I have found to date. I would say it is perfect for beginners to intermediate, and adequete for advanced needs. A few translations appear to be out of date, however that should not prevent you from buying this book if you are a Portuguese learner. Unfortunately for me, this is biased towards Brazilian Portuguese. It does give details especially of the spelling differences between European and Brazilian varieties, and is far from completely useless if you are studying European Portuguese. Moreover, it also has the most translations by about 40,000 out of all the dictionaries I have come across so far, and does include words which you wouldn't expect to find, such as 'pernickety'.
It also has a section in the middle about living and working in Brazil, the UK and the USA, writing letters, CVs, telephone calls etc, which are very useful if you plan to go to any of these countries for a long period of time. What is disappointing however, is no mention of Portugal in this section. Granted, you cannot mention every country in which English and Portuguese are spoken, yet if both the UK and the USA are mentioned, I feel that Portugal should be too.
To summarise, this is the best dictionary I have found to date. It has its flaws, such as some inaccurate translations and little information on Portugal, yet overall I could not communicate in Portuguese without this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for Brazilian Portuguese, not so good for European Portuguese, 5 Aug 2009
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This review is from: Larousse Concise Dictionary: Portuguese-English/English-Portuguese (Paperback)
I studied Portuguese to A-level nearly 20 years ago, and felt that I needed to do some revision before going to Portugal on holiday, by listening to Portuguese programs on Sky.

The Larousse Concise Dictionary seems to be the most suitable for my needs, claiming to have 120,000 translations. (I already know most of the words to be found in the smaller dictionaries.)

However, if you are studying Portuguese (as used in Portugal), rather than the Brazilian version of Portuguese, bear in mind the note in this dictionary:
"Brazilian Portuguese has acquired specific characteristics through the incorporation of many words mainly of African and indigenous origin. It has, therefore, many differences in pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary and even grammar, in relation to the Portuguese spoken in other parts of the world, although it remains essentially the same language."

Bottom line: If you are studying European Portuguese and want a medium size dictionary, this Larousse Concise Dictionary should be OK if you already have a solid grounding in the language and are aware of the differences. If you are a beginner, this dictionary may well confuse you, expecially with the pronunciation, idiomatic expressions and slang.

If you are studying Brazilian Portuguese, this dictionary is recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, comprehensive Brazilian Portuguese/ English dictionary., 25 Mar 2013
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Comprehensive dictionary geared towards Brazilian Portuguese. Came at a very good price of 4 pounds 11 pence including postage and in good condition. Worth the wait for it to come from the USA! As an added bonus also has a small cultural section: re. the USA and UK for English learners and Brazil for Portuguese learners.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very versatile dictionary, 30 Aug 2012
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We use the dictionary all the time, as do many of the students in our Portuguese language classes. The way it sets out different uses of similar verbs is so helpful.
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