- Series: 501 Verb Series
- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 2 edition (May 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764129163
- ISBN-13: 978-0764129162
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 121 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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501 Portuguese Verbs (501 Verb Series) 2nd Edition
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I wouldn't recommend it as a primary learning source obviously, but accompanied by a good grammar book it's definitely enough to give a great foundation for the language.
The book is great for beginners in that you can look up many common verbs and select your form and tense. However the full benefit of the book is realized when it is used to teach you how to conjugate by example so that you will know how to conjugate verbs that are not in this book. For example, look up 3 verbs in the book ending in 'ar' and note the similarities in how their endings change with form and tense then pick an 'ar' verb out of your dictionary and apply those same endings. With practice the rules of conjugating will start to click.
What can we do?. Which are our options?. Well, we really don't have much choice. It is either learn those annoying and somehow distressing verbs, or face the dire fate of never learning to speak Portuguese well. Can you imagine yourself in a situation inspired in the classical "Me Tarzan, you Jane"?. I bet your answer is no, if you can avoid it.
So the real question is not whether you will learn Portuguese verbs, but how to make the whole verb learning experience less traumatic. This book is, in my opinion, a good answer to that question. Yes, it is neither original nor overly engaging, but it is very useful. It has 501 Portuguese verbs, fully conjugated in all tenses, and even samples of how each verb is used in everyday conversation. The only reason why I don't give it five stars is because it doesn't explain too well the grammatical conjugation rules, even though it mentions them. All the same, I think that wasn't the aim of the book, and that if you cannot avoid having to learn verbs (and nobody who really wants to speak Portuguese well can), you should tackle the task with some good tools. I recommend this one :)