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Teach Yourself Brazilian Portuguese Book/CD Pack (Teach Yourself Complete Courses) Paperback – 30 Dec 2003

3.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; Revised edition edition (30 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340912421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340912423
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 4.9 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 823,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The 'Teach Yourself Brazilian Portuguese' Course combines book and CDs for anyone who wants to progress quickly from the basics to understanding, speaking and writing Brazilian Portuguese with confidence.

About the Author

Sue Tyson-Ward is currently a part-time lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese at Lancaster Adult College and Chair of ALL Spanish and Portuguese Committee. She has extensive experience of teaching, examining and writing.


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Format: Paperback
I'm studying this book and CD package alongside the official course material as I felt I needed some more basic grounding in Portuguese.

This CD and book does this wonderfully well with one caveat. Beginners in a language need hand-holding, it is true. To be able to understand the spoken word, the material must be crystal clear, distraction free with articulate speakers. This CD does this wonderfully well but slightly to the extreme.

I found that by speeding up the material to about 135% of the original speed it sounded a bit more natural and was a good introduction of what you might expect in real life. No native speaker would ever speak as slowly as the people on this CD, even if they were trying to!

Windows Media Player allows you to control the speed of playback (once ripped to MP3 format) so you can slow it down even further if there's something you can't quite catch, or speed it up as suggested above.

I can play this CD (at the faster speed) time and again in my car and get real benefit from it. I don't regret the purchase at all, just wish they would perhaps speak as clearly but at a more natural speed without me having to adjust the playback.

If you are a beginner then you will benefit greatly from this CD / book combination.
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Format: Paperback
Don't like the style of teaching. Not very systematic with regards to the words and grammar taught, e.g. introducing the word my without your or his, or am without learning to conjugate to be.
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Format: Paperback
I returned this purchase not once but twice as when I put CD1 into my computer to play, it showed up with the title, Teach Yourself Russian'. It was just the title that was incorrect not the content. As I thought I might want to sell it on once I had worked through the course, I wanted it to show the correct information. Sadly the one that was sent as a replacement has the same faulty information. I gave up in the end. Faulty batch maybe.
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I had to get the book and the CD separately and the CD came first. I could understand what was being said and the introduction implied that you could use it without the book. However many of the exercises require one to see things in the book, so in theory one could use the book by self but not the CD. It does show the difference between European and Brazilian Portugese very well, both the difference in pronunciation and the more relaxed grammar. It does not go into as much detail as DK Hugo's Portuguese in Three Months, which covers both European and Brazilian Portuguese.
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