Portuguese For Dummies

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The fast and easy way to learn to speak Brazilian Portuguese

Quick! What's the most widely spoken language in South America? That's right, Portuguese! And what's the fastest, easiest, most enjoyable way to learn Portuguese? Portuguese for Dummies, of course! This fun, friendly guide helps you start speaking Brazilian Portuguese immediately!

Whether you're a student, a traveler, or you work in business or government, you'll love its practical ...

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Overview

The fast and easy way to learn to speak Brazilian Portuguese

Quick! What's the most widely spoken language in South America? That's right, Portuguese! And what's the fastest, easiest, most enjoyable way to learn Portuguese? Portuguese for Dummies, of course! This fun, friendly guide helps you start speaking Brazilian Portuguese immediately!

Whether you're a student, a traveler, or you work in business or government, you'll love its practical lessons, cultural facts, and handy references—including a Portuguese-English mini-dictionary, lists of vital verbs, and more!

  • Have everyday conversations in Portuguese
  • Make sense of Portuguese grammar
  • Use idioms and popular expressions
  • Improve your pronunciation
  • Grasp verb conjugations
  • Get around in Portuguese-speaking countries

Portuguese For Dummies comes complete with a CD loaded with real-life dialogues that help you understand and pronounce this lovely, lyrical language with ease.

CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118399217
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/11/2013
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 208,684
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Keller spent three years as a reporter in Brazil and traveled extensively throughout the country. She's fluent in Portuguese and has worked as an online foreign language instructor.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started 7

Chapter 1: You Already Know Some Portuguese! 9

Chapter 2: The Nitty-Gritty: Basic Portuguese Grammar 23

Chapter 3: Oi! Hello! Greetings and Introductions 37

Chapter 4: Getting Your Numbers, Times, and Measurements Straight 57

Chapter 5: Speaking Portuguese at Home 71

Part II: Portuguese in Action 91

Chapter 6: Getting to Know You: Small Talk 93

Chapter 7: Dining Out and Going to the Market 111

Chapter 8: Shopping 131

Chapter 9: Going Out on the Town 145

Chapter 10: Chatting About Business and the Economy 161

Chapter 11: Recreation and the Outdoors 177

Part III: Portuguese on the Go 193

Chapter 12: Planning a Trip 195

Chapter 13: Money, Money, Money 219

Chapter 14: Getting Around: Planes, Buses, Taxis, and More 229

Chapter 15: Going to Sporting Events 253

Chapter 16: O Carnaval! 269

Chapter 17: Me Ajuda! Help! Handling Emergencies 285

Part IV: The Part of Tens 299

Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Pick Up Portuguese Quickly 301

Chapter 19: Ten Common Portuguese Slang Words 307

Chapter 20: Ten (Plus One) Terms That Make You Sound Fluent 311

Part V: Appendixes 315

Appendix A: Mini-Dictionary 317

Appendix B: Verb Tables 329

Appendix C: On the CD 337

Appendix D: Answer Key 341

Index 343

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  • Posted July 18, 2010

    Better then nothing but superficial and flawed

    The author is not a native Portuguese speaker, and did not co-write the book with someone who is. That was my first hint that there may be something lacking. Her credentials were that she spent three years there (she's not a language teacher or any other kind of teacher either). As another reviewer noted, she uses "d" to describe how to pronounce an "r". I think she feels that is the closest letter to describing the pronunciation, but it's not, and if you used her exact pronunciations in Brazil you'd be bound to get a few chuckles. Luckily I've been there and used other materials before I read the book so I knew the difference.

    Also, she repeats the phonetic pronunciation of the words she introduces every time she uses each word throughout the book - nice way to pad the pages. In some cases when the same word was repeated, she changed not only the phonetic pronunciation but even the accented syllable! So it caused me to distrust the pronunciation and consult with a dictionary. It does give you some insight into Brazilian culture and basic language information, but if you use it as a stand-alone guide you're in trouble.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2009

    Great Book to communicate in Portuguese

    I read this book before going to Brazil in a business trip. It actually helped me to communicate with the local people in a practical way, not perfectly but I was able to communicate for basic activities. This book provided me with the common phrases used while taking a taxi, dining in a restaurant, check in or out in a hotel. To go to the next level, you need to get exposed to listening to the Brazilian people in order to understand them better. Fortunately, as mentioned in the book, Brazilian people are really friendly and are willing to help you practice or improve your Portuguese. I recommended this book to my fellow Americans traveling to Brazil.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2009

    Exposure to common words, but beware of pronunciation guide

    This book does a good job of introducing common Portuguese words for someone new to the language. My main problem with the book is the pronunciation guide related to the letter "r". For all word positions except the first or last letter in a word, this book says that an "r" should be pronounced with a "d" sound in all cases. This conflicts with the pronunciation of "r" I hear/see used in the Rosetta Stone Portuguese course, the Pimsleur Portuguese course, the Harper-Collins Portuguese dictionary, words spoken on Brazilian news shows on Dish Network, etc. My suggestion is to use the book to learn everyday words, but don't use this book as the only source for pronunciation guidance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    To Great book to communicate in portugese

    Be careful some cities in brazil are terrible they shoot them with rifels but some parts like i bet you went to are fairly well pleasent

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    Posted January 23, 2010

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