- Paperback: 340 pages
- Publisher: Teach Yourself Books; 3rd Revised edition edition (26 Dec. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340870923
- ISBN-13: 978-0340870921
- Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 16.2 x 5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,129,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Portuguese Complete Course: book and cassette pack (Teach Yourself Languages S.)
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This is indeed an extremely practical course that also provides an excellent grounding in the language -- The Bulletin of the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Council, nº. 109
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The course is very easy at the beginning, just right for an absolute beginner. As you move on through the units, new information always relates to something you have learnt before. This has a double effect, it helps ou remember what you already know and sits comfortably on it.
The book deals with all sorts of topics you need. You start by saying hello and learn the basics for food, travel, accommodation, emergencies. In the subsequent units you go through all this again at a slightly more advanced level. And so on. I quite like this method.
You get lots of help in a number of ways. Pronunciation is one of them. The sounds are explained in the units, there is a detailed pronunciation table in the appendix and everything is also on the recording. You can't go wrong!
There is also another thing I quite like in this course, the way grammar is introduced. Grammar is there, but it is not overbearing. It is very clearly explained, it helps you understand what you are saying and the way you are saying it, but there are no boring grammar drills. That's good!
Why is this course the Portuguese course for me ?
This course focuses on practical, every-day usage of the language and does not waste your time with too much detail on the grammar. The subjects covered are very useful for travellers and people intending a longer stay.
This course assumes no pre-knowledge of the language and explains even the most basic phrases and vocabulary step by step. The units build well on each other.
The structure of each unit is very logical: (1) dialogues you can read and listen to (2) good vocabulary help with the meaning of every word in the dialogues (3) question practice on the dialogues (4) pronunciation guide (5) the phrases used are clearly explained (6) activities at the end of each unit and revision units with more activities.
This is truly a course you can use to teach yourself. It gives the learner plenty of support and moves at a rate that can be taken on board by a self-taught student. Just one warning: the book alone won't do. You need the audio for the dialogues, pronunciation, and activities.
This is an excellent course for the money. It's enjoyable and you can go at your own pace. It gives you a quick fix in the first units, then progresses to further learning.
This is a good, solid course. This course is helping me. I hope my comments will help you.
Also useful is teaching you neutral Portugese you can use in any country where the language is spoken. This is very important in my case. Work often takes me to Rio de Janeiro in South America and Lisbon in Europe. All-purpose Portuguese suits me fine.
What I most admire in this course is how it goes straight to what you need to know. It seems to guess the problems you may have and provide the solution before you get into difficulty. Dr. Cook's method is very skilful. She must have many grateful students.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Clear and straight to the point. It is very useful for those who already speak a Romance language [Spanish, Italian, Romanian ... Read morePublished 7 months ago by David
After all these great reviews this was my first choice to learn portuguese. I have previously learnt italian, so I had a bit of idea about the structure for learning a language. Read morePublished on 14 Feb. 2008 by Mr. I. Dodkins
I found the CD exceptionally disappointing. It does not differentiate pronounciation between the 2 main countries. Read morePublished on 21 Sept. 2007 by A Reader
Although the CDs could be better I still give this course a five star rating. Why? Because this is one of the best foreign language courses I have ever come across. Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2007 by An admirer
Work took me to Brazil years ago. I learned the language then. Now I am approaching retirement age and thinking of buying a place in Porugal. Read morePublished on 22 Dec. 2006 by Mr P Simmons
While the book is generally good, the CD is extremely confusing since it mixes both European and Brazilian Portuguese in each and every dialogue so that one is constantly listening... Read morePublished on 16 Nov. 2006 by Alma Lavandeery
My previous experience of this series was with the corresponding Italian set. I found that very helpful, and I find the Portuguese offering very helpful too, but not in quite the... Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2006 by DAVID BRYSON
Languages is not my scene. The implications are that i need words to have practical application and something well structured but i don't like grammar. Read morePublished on 1 April 2006 by rosy farmer