Teach Yourself Portuguese
Cook (Manuela)
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  1. Do you want to cover the basics then progress fast?
  2. Do you want to communicate in a range of situations?
  3. Do you want to learn Portuguese in depth?
  4. Portuguese starts with the basics but moves at an energetic pace to give you a good level of understanding, speaking and writing. You will have lots of opportunity to practice the kind of language you will need to be able to communicate with confidence and understand the culture of speakers of Portuguese.
  5. Dr Manuela Cook is a linguist and a specialist in Portuguese Language Studies.

    Introduction: muito prazer delighted to meet you – 1
    • greeting people and saying goodbye
    • asking someone’s name and giving your name
  1. onde e a saida? where is the exit? – 7
    • asking the way and understanding main directions
    • seeking clarification and help
  2. ida e volta, por favor a return ticket, please – 17
    • buying travel tickets and understanding simple public notices
    • asking for what you need on arrival
  3. um quarto simples ou duplo? a single or double room? – 28
    • booking in at a hotel
    • finding your way around town and locating shops and services
  4. tem pao e leite? do you stock bread and milk? – 38
    • asking for what you want in a shop
    • asking whether what you want is available
    • booking in at a caravan or camping site
  5. tudo bem all is well – 49
    • more practice on speaking to the people you meet on arrival
    • working out your route, using different forms of transport
    • getting what you need
  6. voce esta de ferias? are you on holiday? – 59
    • introducing a friend or relation
    • saying where you are from, talking about yourself
    • finding out about others
  7. quando comeca a excursao? when does the tour start? – 70
    • talking about time and the days of the week
    • finding out when a service is available
    • identifying a person you are going to meet for the first time
  8. vou encontrar-me com ela amanha I am going to meet her tomorrow – 81
    • saying what you are going to do
    • describing clothes as a form of identification
    • describing the route to where you want to go
  9. ontem fui de carro yesterday I went by car – 92
    • describing your daily routine or someone else’s
    • talking about the months, seasons and the weather
    • talking about something you did or what happened in the past
  10. lugares e pessoas places and people – 103
    • more practice on what you have learned about moving around and meeting people
    • talking about times, dates and weather
    • the past and the future
  11. slga em frente go straight on – 113
    • receiving and giving directions and instructions
    • making comparisons and choices
    • talking about what something is made of, design and pattern
    • being specific about what you want in a shop and talking about weights, measures and quantities
  12. quando estara pronto? when will it be ready? – 124
    • practising with currency including large figures
    • alternatives to self-service
    • finding different ways of expressing yourself about the future
  13. eu costumava calcar 43 I used to wear shoe size 43 – 135
    • finding different ways of expressing yourself about the past
  14. fazendo isto e aquilo doing this and that – 146
    • meeting someone socially and fitting in with local life and times
    • talking about what is happening and expressing the idea of progression
  15. ontem, hoje e amanha yesterday, today and tomorrow – 157
    • more practice across the different topic areas you have studied in a variety of new ways
    • more practice on what you have learned about expressing yourself in the present, past and future
  16. espero que a consulta seja hoje I hope you can book me in for today – 172
    • coping in the case of illness or injury
    • distinguishing between wishes, invitations, suggestions and orders
    • using a new way of expressing yourself about the future
  17. se os acharem, telefonem logo if you find them, phone right away – 184
    • trying to recover missing property
    • coping in the case of road accident and car breakdown
    • solving a variety of other problems
  18. gostaria muito de viajar mais I'd love to travel more – 196
    • expressing likes and dislikes
    • comparing interests, leisure pursuits and sporting activities
    • talking about conditions, wishes and hopes
  19. se fosse uma coisa diferente if it were something different – 208
    • exploring local cuisine and drink
    • explaining what a place is like and what is special about it
    • giving details about your home town and area
  20. ao voltarmos, abrirei conta bancaria on our return, I shall open a bank account – 220
    • opening and using a bank account
    • accepting or declining an invitation to a social event
    • talking and writing about the place where you are staying
  21. tenciono visltar esse pais I'm intending to visit your country – 231
    • further use of services, from hairdressing to e-mail
    • sightseeing and getting to know the country
    • more on expressing yourself both verbally and in writing
  22. tomara que eles telefonem I wish they would phone – 240
    • becoming more involved
    • replying to an advertisement
    • writing your CV and applying for a job
    • looking for property on the market
  23. irei, se puder I shall join in, if I can – 250
    • becoming more familiar with the country’s way of life, culture and shows
    • joining in at family celebrations and parties
    • domestic work
    • cooking in local style
  24. gostaria de praticar mais I should like to practise further – 258
    • taking stock of what you have achieved and planning for the future
  25. Appendices
    • testing yourself – 264
    • key to the exercises – 265
    • glossary of grammatical terms – 282
    • pronunciation – 285
    • verb guide; hyphenation – 294
    • Portuguese-English vocabulary – 307
    • English-Portuguese vocabulary – 325
    • taking it further – 334
    • index to grammar and problem words – 336
    • list of topics – 338


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