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Portuguese For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Karen Keller

ISBN: 978-1-118-39921-7 February 2013 384 Pages

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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.

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