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Book Review: Teach Yourself Portuguese Grammar

Teach Yourself Portuguese Grammar, by Sue Tyson-Ward One of the advantages, if it can be called that, to trying to learn a language where there is a distinct lack of formal education in the United States is the creativity that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Complete Portuguese: The Basics

Complete Portuguese:  The Basics, by Jura D. Oliveira & Oscar Fernandez This book is a straightforward guide to teaching the basics of Portuguese, and although the book doesn’t have a lot in the way of frills, it has a lot … Continue reading

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Book Review: 50 Ways To Improve Your Portuguese

50 Ways To Improve Your Portuguese, by Helena Tostevin and Manuela Cook When it comes to books that talk about learning languages there are a variety of approaches that one can have.  Some books are relentlessly focused on specific parts … Continue reading

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Book Review: Portuguese For Dummies

Portuguese For Dummies, by Karen Keller I have to admit that I have a soft spot for the dummies series, despite (or maybe because of) the fact that I do not consider myself particularly a dummy of any kind [1].  … Continue reading

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Book Review: Getting Started In Portuguese

Getting Started In Portuguese, by Sue Tyson-Ward I have to admit that this review will be colored a bit by the fact that it comes with a cd that I was unable to use because I don’t happen to have … Continue reading

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Book Review: Basic Portuguese

Basic Portuguese, by Sue Tyson-Ward It is always interesting to me to see how different books approach the issue of learning languages.  How does one learn best?  This particular book does a good job at presenting a goodly bit of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Everything Essential Brazilian Portuguese Book

The Everything Essential Brazilian Portuguese Book, by Fernanda Ferreira In general, I have to say that this is a well-organized book for those who want a basic understanding of Portuguese.  I’m not sure exactly how many people are looking for … Continue reading

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Saber Fazer

What does it mean to be able to do something?  I spoke recently about the question of ablism and disablism and how it is that discussions of ability and assumptions about ability currently play off of different senses of ability … Continue reading

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Book Review: Berlitz Brazilian Portuguese Phrase Book & Dictionary

Berlitz Brazilian Portuguese Phrase Book & Dictionary, by Berlitz Berlitz has acquired a good reputation for their efforts to instruct others in foreign languages, and this book certainly demonstrates why that is the case.  This book doesn’t approach Brazilian Portuguese … Continue reading

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Book Review: Rick Steves’ Portuguese Phrasebook & Dictionary

Rich Steves’ Portuguese Phrasebook & Dictionary, by Rick Steves It is rather telling that Rick Steves, a notably monolingual person whose appeal to readers is due to his passionate interest in European tourism, ended up writing (or at least giving … Continue reading

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