The Language Lover's Guide to Learning Portuguese

Aberto Publishing
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This book is a study companion written in plain English, which
explains the things that you need to know to be successful in
learning Portuguese. No prior grammatical knowledge is assumed, and
technical terms are explained clearly and progressively. Exercises are
provided to help you consolidate what you have learned and build your
Portuguese vocabulary. Although the main focus is on European
Portuguese, Brazilian alternatives are also given.

Among the many things covered in this book:


  • How do you pronounce words in Portuguese?
  • What do all those funny little squiggles mean?
  • What exactly are verbs, adjectives, prepositions, and pronouns?
  • How do you know when to use 'ser' and when to use 'estar'?
  • How do you use the personal infinitive?
  • How does the subjunctive work?

If you don't know your diacritic from your diphthong, you've come to the right
place!

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Publisher
Aberto Publishing
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Published on
Jul 1, 2014
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Pages
326
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ISBN
9780992959210
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Language
English
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Genres
Foreign Language Study / Miscellaneous
Foreign Language Study / Portuguese
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Essential Portuguese Grammar is an up-to-date introduction to Portuguese grammar. You don't need to know a lot about grammar before you start. Everything is explained simply and there are lots of examples to illustrate each point. Unlike more traditional grammars, Essential Portuguese Grammar is structured so that you can look up language forms according to what you want to say, even if you don't know the grammatical term for them. If you already know some grammar, then you can use the 'reference grammar' section at the back of the book to look up the points you need.

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Now in a brand new edition with new, easy-to-follow page design:

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