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Portuguese Language Books1. Teach Yourself Brazilian Portuguese: Complete Course, by Tyson-Ward Sue, Book + Audio CD pack, Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Begins with the basics and gradually promotes the student to a level of smooth and confident communication, including: Up-to-date, graded interactive dialogues; Graded units of culture notes, grammar, and exercises; Step-by-step guide to pronunciation; Practical vocabulary; Regular and irregular verb tables; Plenty of practice exercises and answers; Self-assessment quizzes to test progress; Bilingual glossary.

2. Portuguese Complete Course : Basic-Intermediate, Book + Audio CD pack by Living Language
Teaches the basics of Brazilian Portuguese language and usage, while indicating significant European Portuguese variations. It uses a highly effective speed-learning method developed by U.S. government experts to teach languages to overseas-bound service personnel and diplomats. Begin with simple words and progress to complex phrases and sentences. Just listen and repeat after the native speakers on the recordings to learn naturally. 40 lessons from the recordings with translations, additional vocabulary, detailed explanations, quizzes, and reviews. Verb charts, a comprehensive grammar summary, and a section on letter writing; Portuguese-English, English-Portuguese Dictionary with 20,000 words, idioms, and expressions, 1,000 frequently used words highlighted for easy reference.

3. Lonely Planet Brazilian Portuguese by Marcia Monje de Castro, Paperback: 256 pages
This fully revised edition is packed with words and phrases to help travellers get the most out of their visit: a surfista in search of the best onda; a gourmand trying the mouthwatering vatapį; travellers after a pensćo to rest; understanding a taxi's tabela; getting to know the locals.

4. 501 Portuguese Verbs: Fully Conjugated in All the Tenses in a New Easy-To-Learn Format Alphabetically Arranged by John J. Nitti, Michael J. Ferreira, Paperback: 533 pages, Barron's
Here is an ideal supplement to classroom textbooks for students learning Portuguese. The most frequently-used Portuguese verbs are presented alphabetically in table form, one verb per page. Each verb is completely conjugated in all tenses with English translations. A new index in this edition lists an additional 1,000 verbs with English translations, cross-referenced to verbs that are similarly conjugated in the main text. Language students will find additional material covering idiomatic verb usage, grammatical construction, and more.

5. Collins Gem Portuguese Dictionary English-Portuguese, Portuguese-English by HarperCollins, Paperback: 622 pages
In addition to the new layout and typography, the text has been updated to include all the latest vocabulary. A new feature of this revised edition are the highlighted entries offering fascinating insights into culturally significant events of Brazil and Portugal. Now updated for the millennium, the new edition of the Portuguese Gem is an indispensable guide for beginners and travellers alike.

6. Larousse Concise Dictionary: Portuguese-English/English-Portuguese, Paperback: 1290 pages
More in-depth than the existing pocket and mini dictionaries, this dictionary is packed with features, including 90,000 words and phrases, with more than 120,000 translations based on Brazilian Portuguese; hundreds of abbreviations, acronyms, and proper nouns, as well as idioms and grammatical constructions; Portuguese verb conjugation tables; an innovative supplement on life and culture in Brazil, which covers topics ranging from the economy, media, education, and health care to arts and leisure; a comprehensive communications supplement with model letters, faxes, e-mails.

7. Essential Portuguese Grammar, by Alexander Da R. Prista, Paperback: 114 pages, Dover
All the grammar really needed for speaking and comprehending Portuguese. Ideal for self-study or class use, by beginning students or in refresher courses. Emphasis is on explanation rather than rote memory, with inclusion of much phrase material for examples. Can be used as a supplement to phrase study.

8. Portuguese: An Essential Grammar by Amelia P. Hutchinson, Janet Lloyd, Paperback: 208 pages, Publisher: Routledge
A practical reference guide to the most important aspects of modern Portuguese. It presents a fresh and accessible description of the language which combines traditional and function-based grammar. The book sets out the complexities of Portuguese in short, readable sections. Explanations are clear and free from jargon. Throughout, the emphasis is on Portuguese as used by native speakers around the world. The Grammar is the ideal reference source for the speaker and learner of Portuguese. It is suitable for either independent study or for students in schools, colleges, universities and adult classes of all types. Features include coverage of European Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese, detailed contents list and index for easy access of information, full use of authentic examples, and coverage of traditional grammar and language functions.

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