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More intended for those learning the Portuguese of Brazl
on 10 June 2015
Although this book says that it covers the Portuguese language as used across the world, it is clear that it is based principally on Portuguese as used in Brazil. This is fine if that is what you need. If, however, you want to learn the Portuguese as used in Portugal, it might be best to avoid this book. I must admit qualifying the second person verbal 'tu' forms as 'archaic', as the author does, is a bit much. This form is an integral part of the spoken language in Portugal and if you don't master it correctly (this book will not help you with that), then you will have a large hole in your ability to communicate. Saying that the forms such as 'estou falando' (instead of 'estou a falar') are acceptable across the whole of the Lusophone world is not exactly true. In Portugal, these forms will of course be recognised and understood, but apart from being used in a couple of expressions, they will immediately single you out as someone having learnt Brazilian Portuguese.