Modern Brazilian Portuguese Grammar: A Practical Guide (Modern Grammars) 1st Edition
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- Item Weight : 2.15 pounds
- Paperback : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0415566444
- ISBN-13 : 978-0415566445
- Dimensions : 7.32 x 1.12 x 10.16 inches
- Publisher : Routledge; 1st edition (October 14, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,329,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Honestly, there is nothing I disliked about this grammar. Maybe it is not the best book to start studying Portuguese from scratch, unless one is already familiar with at least a couple of Romance languages, but otherwise it is probably the only Portuguese grammar one will ever need.
I really love this book for a couple reasons:
-Part A (traditional grammar layout) is concise and thorough.
-Part B (topics more centered around communication) is GREAT for learning some new expressions and vocabulary!
-There are notes next to any constructions/expressions/words that are colloquial and bookish/academic.
-The chapters on verb tenses and aspect are very thorough and helpful. They even give insight to the differences between the spoken and written language (For example, in chapter 18.3.5: "The imperfect tense is very frequently used, especially in the spoken language, to replace the conditional tense.").
-Chapter 19 has lists of verbs organized by which prepositions they take when followed by an infinitive.
-The layout of the book is very straightforward, clean, and user-friendly! There is enough space between each section to make notes if needed, too.
All in all, I am THRILLED with this grammar. It's by far the best resource for Portuguese on my shelf! I have just purchased Modern French Grammar: A Practical Guide (it looks just as promising!), and intend to buy other Routledge Modern Grammars for any languages I learn in the future. Really great series!
I can't say enough good things about this book. It is organized extremely well and covers pretty much everything you need to know to write or speak well either formally or colloquially. Also covers all the verb tenses and how and why to use them.
I haven't seen anything out there as good as this book. If you want to learn the real language as it is written and spoken in Brasil today, get this book. Boa sorte gente.