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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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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: 9780471787389
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/8/2006
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Keller is a journalist who lived and worked in São Paulo, Brazil, for three years. Before moving to Brazil, the California native taught Spanish at a New York City–based foreign language education Web site. Keller is also a published travel guide writer. She currently lives in New Jersey, where she is a local newspaper reporter.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started 7

Chapter 1: You Already Know a Little Portuguese! 9

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

Chapter 3: Oi! Hello! Greetings and Introductions 39

Part II: Portuguese in Action 59

Chapter 4: Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk 61

Chapter 5: Dining Out and Going to Market 77

Chapter 6: Shopping Made Easy 99

Chapter 7: At the Beach 113

Chapter 8: Going Out on the Town 127

Chapter 9: Talking on the Phone 145

Chapter 10: At the Office and around the House 161

Part III: Portuguese on the Go 173

Chapter 11: Money, Money, Money 175

Chapter 12: Onde Fica? (Where Is It?) Asking for Directions 185

Chapter 13: Staying at a Hotel or Guesthouse 201

Chapter 14: Getting Around: Planes, Buses, Taxis, and More 213

Chapter 15: Planning a Trip 231

Chapter 16: Me Ajuda! Help! Handling Emergencies 247

Chapter 17: O Carnaval! 267

Part IV: The Part of Tens 285

Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Get a Quick Handle on Brazilian Portuguese 287

Chapter 19: Ten Favorite Brazilian Portuguese Expressions 293

Chapter 20: Eleven Common Portuguese Slang Words 297

Chapter 21: Eleven Terms That Make You Sound Fluent in Brazilian Portuguese 301

Part V: Appendixes 305

Appendix A: Verb Tables 307

Appendix B: Mini-Dictionary 315

Appendix C: Answer Key 327

Appendix D: On the CD 331

Appendix E: Where in the World Is Portuguese Spoken? 333

Index 337

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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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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