For English speakers wanting to communicate with Brazilians in Portuguese, some interesting confusions can arise:
- They will hear pois não, and think it means "no" - They will say obrigado in response to an offer, and then never receive anything - They will be given a telephone number, and somehow a "sock" (meia) will be thrown in the sequence - They will be kissed on the cheek once in São Paulo, yet twice in Recife, and then three times in Porto Alegre - They will be offered "hugs" and "kisses" from people they barely know - They will get strange looks when they ask for a recommendation for a good "motel" to stay in with the family
In order to bridge those and other common linguistic and cultural gaps, there's How to Say Anything in Portuguese. Most phrase books teach language learners how to do things like order food and introduce themselves -- even how to give a business presentation. But How to Say Anything in Portuguese does all that plus teaches crucial and unique communication functions such as - how to show someone you're listening - how to communicate emotions such as enthusiasm, regret and certainty - how to tell an anecdote - how to talk about your background, your family, your work history - how to ask a personal question tactfully
and many, many more. How to Say Anything in Portuguese is much more than a mere travel phrase book, it is a comprehensive guide to sounding natural in spoken and written Portuguese. Includes a handy pronunciation and grammar reference section, plus valuable cultural tips and insight.