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About the Author

Nati Vale is a native of Puerto Rico with a Bahian swing in her step. She currently lives in Berkeley, California, where she attempts to finish her dissertation one paragraph at a time.

Alice Rose is a Brazil enthusiast who, while she is not working on her Bahian accent, is digging for dinosaur bones in her backyard in Oakland, California.

Pedro A. Cabral discovered Brazil in 1500. He spent most of his life in Salvador, Brazil. Due to GPS technology and Google Maps, Cabral has been forced to give up his love for exploration and has retired to the tame Oakland, California, where he has dedicated himself to the art of capoeira.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dirty Everyday Slang
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press; Bilingual edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569758239
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569758236
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is as fun as you might expect, it teaches you words for everything from random idioms to how to talk about fake breasts, and has a whole section on sh*t and piss. But as in any country, slang is very regional and generational, so I wouldn't go around trusting that anything I take from this book should be understood by all Brazilians, especially if you don't totally understand the context. Some of the stuff in here simply isn't very cool to say and sounds more ridiculous than anything. Even so, even my Brazilian friends who tell me that are endlessly amused by this book.

The book also doesn't tell you just how masculine, feminine, or dirty certain phrases are considered to be, and doesn't provide multiple scenarios for frequently used slang, so if you want to get it right you should probably listen for it when native speakers are using the phrases, or ask someone who is a native speaker to make sure you understand correctly.

In the end, no book can teach a foreigner the nuances of how to joke in a foreign language, etc. But around casual friends and friendly co-workers, you'll surely get a laugh just form attempting to use these phrases ... everyone loves a foreigner with a wannabe potty-mouth.
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It definitely has a lot of dirty Portuguese, and most of it is really funny. But I ended up liking the book more for other sections (there are a lot!): Howdy Portuguese has greetings, Party Portuguese has holidays, beaches, shopping, Carnival---and my favorite, Hungry Portuguese has a ton of stuff about food & food culture. There was even a section on Computer Portuguese (huahuahua!) I like the compact format too-it's fun to just open it up to a random section.

Overall, a surprisingly useful book.
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I'm from Brazil but live in USA for an exchange program, I totally loved this book, is fun and have a lot of tips to speak portuguese, just some slangs are kind of old, like only my mom would say or so lol but is great!
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I thought that this D!RTY PORTUGUESE was a good but not great guide to the down-and-dirty of the Portuguese (primarily Brazilian) language. I preferred the tack that D!RTY FRENCH took, which early on had an American introducing himself and self-promoting at the same time: "Hi, I'm Brad. I'm from Colorado and I'm hung . . . " You won't learn the phrase in this book, although it is often used; for "well hung" say *bem dotado* (pronounced, roughly, "bain do-TA-do"). Just consider the caliber of the competition you'll be up against, guys. I was also surprised that no slang word for "semen" is ever specifically indicated -- although the authors on page 93 discuss the versatile little swear *porra* they do not mention that it means that, too. Why list the players and the actions but leave out the by-product? Actually, for non-sexual excretory functions (snot, etc.) this book is really pretty complete. You can also introduce yourself, say goodbye with many different variations of slang and breeziness, discuss soccer, learn cyber-talk, even hurl insults like "melon head (cabecao)." Certainly, D!RTY PORTUGUESE fills a need; I can't think of any other book that gets this explicit. I just wish it were a little dirtier yet.
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I've been working in Brasil for 2 months now & am still learning to speak Portuguese.

This book has made a few jaws drop after I've used a phrase from it.
I have; however, been corrected quite a few times.

The best way to get a good repertoire of Brasilian Portuguese slang is to get out & about & talk to a lot of people!

By the way; get this book in paperback & NOT Kindle format.
Unfortunately; the Kindle version is poorly formatted as is the case with most technical/educational material on the Kindle.
I got it on my Kindle using the 3G while anchored in Guayabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro which speaks volumes for the 3G coverage.
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I love this book! I've been to Brazil once, I've been a student of Portuguese for years, and I'm currently taking an intermediate Portuguese class. While the classroom setting teaches formal Portuguese, it's very interesting and satisfying to equip oneself with language that is used in more casual encounters. I recommend this book to anyone who is learning Portuguese! Such an informative source. The only gripe I have about it, and the singular reason it doesn't merit 5 stars in my opinion, is there isn't an index of phrases. There is a just a very general table of contents, so if you are searching for a specific phrase or its equivalent, it might take you a few minutes to track it down. Still, that's a minor flaw in an otherwise excellent book.
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By Ryan Andrews on September 8, 2014
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This book is fairly decent. Will definitely teach you some gíria that you won't learn in Portuguese class, but it has some issues (only reason it didn't get 4 stars). This book has a few grammatical errors (in English) but nothing major. I've shown it to lots of friends here in Brazil, and generally they get a big kick out of it, but they also don't recognize some of the phrases, such as "The One-Legged Kangaroo" as a sexual position...nobody has heard of this. There are a few others that sound made-up, maybe they were put in as a joke?

But for the price you can't go wrong, just don't take it too seriously or believe every phrase within.
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