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This review is from: PORTUGUESE in 10 minutes a day® (Paperback)
While this is a useful, fun book to get a basic handle on Brazilian Portuguese, it does have a major failing in its guide to pronunciation of the language. The book while good at phonetically spelling out the words fails to indicate on what syllable the stress should be placed. It does indicate that accent marks indicate stress placement, but if the word lacks them, just where should the stress (what syallable) be when saying the word? For example, the word "onde" (where). It does not tell you if its OHN-jee or ohn-JEE. You really need to use a Portuguese grammar manual or audio tapes/CDs to tell you how to correctly pronounce the words. For the record, the stress in this case is on the OHN. The text just has "ohn-jee."
This should be corrected in the next edition to better teach the Brazilian variation of Portuguese.
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Initial post: Aug 10, 2008 12:54:01 PM PDT
J. O. Lima says:
Just being a little picky (pardon or perdão) OHN-jee is carioca style. In other parts of Brazil they say "OHN-deee"
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2008 7:17:01 PM PDT
Andrea N. says:
This is another thing that should have been explained in this book! It is explained in the book I am going through called "The Everything Learning Brazilian Portuguese Book" which does have a CD and you can tell where the stresses are too.
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