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How to Say Anything in Portuguese (Portuguese Brazilian) Paperback – July 29, 2003


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Ron Martinez is a widely known teacher trainer and author of several language books, including Conversation Lessons (Thomson) and the series How to Say Anything in English (Elsevier Brazil).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Elsevier Editora; 2nd edition (July 29, 2003)
  • Language: Portuguese Brazilian
  • ISBN-10: 8535212957
  • ISBN-13: 978-8535212952
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Book Maverick on August 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book, though not available in the US, is excellent for the 1000 or so most common discussion phrases. It is current, easy to understand, and if you have even a basic knowledge of Portuguese, it will elevate that ability 10 fold. Too bad Amazon can't get on the ball to get this book available for their clients!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Troy C. on June 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book while in Brazil; it is superb. My Brazilian friends confirmed that the phrases are quite accurate and the stories and tips, as mentioned in the editor's review, lined up closely with my experiences. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. S. BLAIR on June 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is the most accurate phrase to phrase translation resource ever written for the Brazilian Portuguese language. Included are pronunciation guides and writings about the culture and people of Brazil. These writings help business people and travelers better understand how Brazilians communicate. This is a must-have for anyone who is traveling in Brazil or communicating with Brazilians.
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It is THE best Brazilian Portuguese guide... filled with useful slang expressions, colloquial speech, cultural details, and travellers tips it is the ultimate source for those immersed in Brazilian culture. This is NOT a basic portuguese language text book... instead, it is cultural/colloquial language Bible for anyone who wants to be involved in Brazilian communities (here or abroad). Instead of teaching you portuguese, it serves as a supplement for those learning portuguese who want answers to confusing aspects of language expressions, learn how to speak the way natives actually talk, and learn to say specific, commonly used phrases in native-speak.

The major drawback of this book is that its hard to find! I was first shown this book by a German tourist and friend I met during a trip to Brazil. I perused the book and, being a first time traveller to Brazil, so many of the slang phrases and cultural descriptions rang so true. I knew I had to have it. I found one copy being sold by an independent vendor on Amazon and immediately bought it. Even though it was over-priced... after so much searching for I knew I had to grab a copy while its available.

**** PS: THIS BOOK IS VERY POPULAR IN BRAZIL AS IT CAN BE USED IN THE REVERSE WAY TO DEMONSTRATE EQUIVALENT COLLOQUAL ENGLISH EXPRESSIONS TO PORTUGUESE SPEAKERS. SINCE THE BOOK IS (AT THE TIME I AM WRITING THIS) OVER $100, I WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT YOU IF YOU ARE PLANNING A TRIP TO A MAJOR CITY IN BRAZIL, JUST WAIT AND BUY THE BOOK WHEN YOU GET THERE FOR A FRACTION OF THIS PRICE.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Young on August 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have many Brazilian Portuguese books. This is by far the best. My Brazilian wife can also use it to translate to English. If you are at all a person who reads to learn, get this book. I bought mine in the airport in Brazil and was looking on Amazon for a copy, but seems delivery is very long and price way higher.
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