- Series: Portugues Contemporaneo I (Book 1)
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Georgetown University Press (January 1, 1972)
- Language: Portuguese
- ISBN-10: 0878400265
- ISBN-13: 978-0878400263
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,427,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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001: Português Contemporâneo I (Portugues Contemporaneo I) (Portuguese Edition) (Portuguese)
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Contrary to what another reviewer wrote, this is a fabulous text for self-study. Of course, you must have the cassette tapes or a digital sound version. But is anyone so foolish as to believe that it is possible to learn to speak a modern language without many hours of practicing audio exercises?
The first lesson focuses on teaching you the sounds and intonation patterns of spoken Brazilian Portuguese. It is a bit arduous, because this lesson does not concern itself with meaning or grammar at all, and the student will naturally want to know something about those aspects of the sentences (s)he is repeating. But actually, focusing on the production of the sounds at the beginning is the right thing to do, because if you don't focus on it, you will form bad pronunciation habits that are extremely difficult to correct later.
Each lesson contains many pattern drills that help you over-learn the grammar and sentence patterns of Brazilian Portuguese. You must over-learn these aspects, because when you have to speak, you don't have time to reflect analytically on them: speaking right must be second nature.
The text takes a more linguistics-oriented approach than do many casual texts that purport to teach foreign languages. The text's pronunciation exercises drive home the differences between phonemes. In its pronunciation exercises, the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) is used. (If you have never heard of phonemes or the IPA, look them up on Wikipedia.)
Once you start working with this text and its audio recordings, you will want to buy volume 2. If Amazon doesn't have it for sale, you can locate it with a search on Google.
The only downside to this text is that the pictures were taken in the 1960s, so they, and some of the dialogs, sometimes portray aspects of Brazilian society that are no longer "contemporaneous" with today, despite the book's title.
Naturally, this text should not be used for self-study of *Continental* Portuguese, that is, the language of Portugal. Although the two dialects are 95% the same in writing, the pronunciation is quite different.
Each chapter begins with a dialog in Portuguese that is to be memorized, followed immediately by the translation of the dialog in English. Then come cultural notes related to the dialog, and pronunciation practice. This is followed by the grammar point for the chapter. And then the endless mechanical substitution drills to be done orally, and many times over ad nauseum. Early vocabulary tends to stick to common words and student needs, while the cultural notes introduce many interesting aspects of Brazilian culture.
Because this is an audio-lingual text, it would be very difficult to use it successfully for independent study. At the least, you would need to get copies of the corresponding tapes, but it would be hard to get the requisite practice that is needed for the audio-lingual approach to work without a teacher. On the other hand, if you're just interested in gaining a reading knowledge of Portuguese, this book might prove satisfactory.