Portuguese is the mother tongue of about 230 million people, mainly in Portugal and the Portuguese islands in the Atlantic; Brazil; and Portugal's former overseas provinces in Africa and Asia. Pimsleur's Brazilian Portuguese teaches the São Paulo metropolitan accent.
Portuguese (Brazilian) Level 1 includes 16 hours of spoken language practice and one hour and 20 minutes of reading instruction in thirty 30-minute lessons.
In the first 10 lessons, you'll cover the basics: Saying hello, asking for or giving information or preferences, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You'll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level but with near-native pronunciation skills.
In the next 10 lessons, you'll build on what you've learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items.
In the final 10 lessons of level 1, you'll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. The past tense is introduced, so you'll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past as well as make plans for the future.
Reading lessons begin at the end of lesson 11 to provide you with an introduction to reading Brazilian Portuguese. These lessons, which total about one hour and 20 minutes, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. A reading booklet PDF to be used with the audio reading lessons is included. Also included are an audio and a PDF of the user's guide.
This third edition (© 2014) is a new edition of Portuguese (Brazilian) Level 1.