Portuguese (Brazilian) I-III

Portuguese (Brazilian) I-III

Learn to Speak and Understand Brazilian Portuguese with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 90
  • ISBN: 9781481407878
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Includes 90 lessons and reading instruction on 48 CDs, plus User’s Guide, and a Reading Booklet for each level

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.

The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. This complete Brazilian Portuguese includes all of Levels 1, 2, and 3 – 45 hours of spoken language practice and over 3 hours of reading instruction. With this product you start from zero, learning first survival phrases and vocabulary, and eventually progressing to a high-intermediate level of speaking and understanding Brazilian Portuguese.

Every lesson contains an introductory conversation and isolated vocabulary and structures, as well as full practice of all vocabulary introduced. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Brazilian Portuguese. At the completion of this course, you’ll speak confidently using your wide-ranging vocabulary, and experience the language and culture with a deepening insight into a new world.

Reading Lessons are included for each Level. These lessons, which total over three hours, are designed to first give you practice sounding out Brazilian Portuguese, then to progress to reading for meaning. They also provide extensive additional vocabulary. Before you know it, you’ll be reading Brazilian Portuguese with the ease and flexibility of a native speaker. Reading Booklet PDFs to be used with the audio lessons are included. Also included are an audio and a PDF of the User's Guide.

This program contains the 3rd edition (© 2014) of Portuguese (Brazilian) I.

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Description

Includes 90 lessons and reading instruction on 48 CDs, plus User’s Guide, and a Reading Booklet for each level

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.

The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. This complete Brazilian Portuguese includes all of Levels 1, 2, and 3 – 45 hours of spoken language practice and over 3 hours of reading instruction. With this product you start from zero, learning first survival phrases and vocabulary, and eventually progressing to a high-intermediate level of speaking and understanding Brazilian Portuguese.

Every lesson contains an introductory conversation and isolated vocabulary and structures, as well as full practice of all vocabulary introduced. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Brazilian Portuguese. At the completion of this course, you’ll speak confidently using your wide-ranging vocabulary, and experience the language and culture with a deepening insight into a new world.

Reading Lessons are included for each Level. These lessons, which total over three hours, are designed to first give you practice sounding out Brazilian Portuguese, then to progress to reading for meaning. They also provide extensive additional vocabulary. Before you know it, you’ll be reading Brazilian Portuguese with the ease and flexibility of a native speaker. Reading Booklet PDFs to be used with the audio lessons are included. Also included are an audio and a PDF of the User's Guide.

This program contains the 3rd edition (© 2014) of Portuguese (Brazilian) I.

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REVIEWS SUMMARY

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PimsleurPortuguese (Brazilian) Phases 1-3
 
4.5

(based on 10 reviews)

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    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • It works (8)
  • Portable (7)
  • Perfects accent (5)
  • Fun (4)

Cons

  • No writing component (3)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (7)
  • Self-improvement (6)
  • Business/work (5)
  • Fun (4)
  • Family background/heritage (3)
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    • Traveler (4), Business person (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Outstanding

I have been thoroughly enjoying my studies in Portuguese using the Pimsleur method. I open the audio file in Audacity which allows me to pause, repeat and loop-repeat words or phrases I have trouble...Read complete review

I have been thoroughly enjoying my studies in Portuguese using the Pimsleur method. I open the audio file in Audacity which allows me to pause, repeat and loop-repeat words or phrases I have trouble pronouncing. I try to become fluent as I go and I am in lesson 20 of Phase 1 and it is getting much easier. (I must say that I am coming from a background of knowing Spanish, which no doubt influences the facility with which I am able to learn the material, but it is very well done with natural repetition of words and phrases in the context of conversation, which is great!)
I have thought of ways that would greatly improve the program. One would be for the lessons to be done in video format so that you can see the speaker's lips (along with audio for times when you cannot use the video and for review purposes on the run). I have struggled with knowing if I am pronouncing something correctly and am afraid of getting into bad habits. To help me with this, I happened onto some Portuguese lessons by Street Smart Brasil on YouTube that was helpful to me to correct some mistakes I was making in pronunciation. I could do that because I could see the lips and mouth of the speaker.
I believe the Pimsleur method of focusing first of all on the oral language is good and important for good pronunciation, fluency and intonation because if you go from the written language it could mess you up, however once I know how to say the words and sentences correctly with good pronunciation and intonation, I would also like to know how they are written, because I am a visual person and seeing words help me to learn a language. I would like to be able to read and write the language when I am done with the studies. I appreciate having reading lessons, but I wish they would better reflect the vocabulary used in the lessons up to that point and that each word, phrase or sentence would be repeated orally at least two or three times because I also want to assimilate the correct spelling of the language which I am not able to do in a single rapid reading. I would also like to see the translation of the words, phrases or sentences, so there is understanding with the reading. I have been going to Google Translate to get the meaning of the phrases that are in the reading lessons that were not taught in the oral lessons up to that point. I also find that I am pausing and looking up words during the oral lessons because I would like to know how they are written. I would not need to do that if the reading lessons after the oral lessons reflected the written form of the new material in the lesson. When I am doing the reading lessons, I also make an attempt at writing the pronunciation of the words and phrases, since the Portuguese language is far from phonetic. If that were already done it would be a great help.
I don't think they should try to make the reading lessons fit into the 30 minutes of study a day, but rather have the reading lesson as a supplement to the purely oral. I like the fact that the reading lessons also have the audio component, so that you can hear the pronunciation as well as read it. I am thankful for that.
As a whole, I would say that the Pimsleur method is a great method that has room for improvement, but I would still highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn Portuguese. I never dread taking the time to do the language studies. It is done in a way that is interesting and fun. I am thoroughly enjoying the experience, even though I am finding the need to supplement the method with other helps (Audacity, Google Translate and Street Smart Brazil on YouTube).
I really do not miss not having other visual aids, but a video of the lessons would be extremely beneficial for learning Portuguese.
I don't think that a video of the lessons in Spanish would be necessary, but for Portuguese where the sounds of the language are sooo different from English, it would be extremely helpful.
Thank you, Pimsleur for your wonderful help in learning Portuguese. I would encourage you to continue to improve your product.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not sure it's complete

I use it everyday when on my walk. And I compare the value based on:

1) The price of other programs.
2) The value of other programs.Read complete review

I use it everyday when on my walk. And I compare the value based on:

1) The price of other programs.
2) The value of other programs.
3) The way Pimsleur programs have worked for me in the past.
4) The completeness

The price was higher than most other programs. I have Michel Thomas and Rosetta Stone. I still bought this one because I felt it's great for pronunciation.

In the past, Pimsleur programs were different because they went "backwards". When introducing a new word, the teacher would pronounce the word backwards. E.g. wards, ck, bah (would make "backwards"). This is great to get the exact sound. As the program advances, this unique method is dropped. The other part is that the written text (PDF) doesn't correspond to the lesson learned. Why, I'm not sure. It would be so much better to learn something and then read it in the text.

I'm half way through the 30 lessons (and I've learned a lot). Whether I'll speak fluently by the time I get to 30, I'm not sure. I'll only know once I'm done. I've been studying this every day, six days a week, so I'm pretty diligent, but let's see at the end. As compared with any live learning I've done in the past, I'd say this is good value. I think it gives you a very solid foundation and I wouldn't hesitate to buy their products again. I would, however, look at how it can be improved (based on suggestions) and yes, improve it.

It could also be a little bit funny. It's far, far too serious.

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4.0

Very different than European Portuguese

By Anne

from New York

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Portable
  • The Methodology

Cons

  • Not European Portugeuse

Best Uses

    Comments about Portuguese (Brazilian) Phases 1-3:

    I think the teaching methodology is very good. It works well for me. I am sorely disappointed that you only have 10 lessons in European Portuguese. I was misled by your customer service representative who said that Brazilian was close so I bought the entire course. I am sure I will be sorry when I get to Portugal because the pronunciation of several things is completely different. Even I, with only a very basic knowledge of the language, can tell the very significant difference in pronunciation. The tapes say things I know in Portuguese and I cannot understand them because of the pronunciation. I paid a lot of money for the whole course and I am do not know if it will help me or be a determent. At my age, it is difficult to relearn something. Customer service should not tell people that it is comparable to European because it is not. It may be with respect to the written word but pronunciation is simply not the same.

     
    5.0

    Vastly Improved (with respect to CDs)

    By Stephen7135

    from Aurora, Ontario

    About Me Home Depot Lot Associate

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Fun
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable

    Cons

    • No writing component

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work
    • Family background/Heritage
    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Portuguese (Brazilian) Phases 1-3:

    While I haven't used Edition 2 - Brazilian Portuguese 1 - 3, only Edition 3 - Level 1, I have full Pimsleur courses of other Edition 2 Pimsleur courses, and comparing them to E3 - Brazil. Port. - Level 1, this new course design is a HUGE improvement. You get a FULL 30 - 32 minutes per lesson, and now the reading lessons are each a separate track after each lesson (beginning after lesson 11). You still get all the reading lessons together on a separate disc. Also, there seems to now be a slightly shorter pause after the speaker to make the translation (you can always press pause), but the breakdown, syllable by syllable, of new words seems more clear, and recently learned words are broken down the same way, to make them even clearer. So, Simon and Schuster, PLEASE publish A 3rd Edition for Brazil. Port. Levels 2 and 3 - this year...PLEASE?!?

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Really well done

    By Mark the writer

    from Bozeman, MT

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • It Works

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Portuguese (Brazilian) Phases 1-3:

        Really enjoyed how instinctual the method is. If all foreign languages were taught this way in the USA, we'd be better off.

         
        5.0

        Please create Portuguese Phase 4

        By July28

        from San Jose Costa Rica

        About Me Student

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • It Works
        • Perfects Accent
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Expensive

        Best Uses

        • Business/Work
        • Family background/Heritage
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Portuguese (Brazilian) Phases 1-3:

        I think it is really good so far, it teaches the basics of the language and the pronunciation is really nice! But please create phase 4!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Not sure it's complete

        By Sean from Psychotactics.com

        from Auckland, New Zealand

        About Me Business person, Traveler

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • It Works

        Cons

        • Expensive

        Best Uses

        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Port (Braz) Phases 1-3:

        I use it everyday when on my walk. And I compare the value based on:

        1) The price of other programs.
        2) The value of other programs.
        3) The way Pimsleur programs have worked for me in the past.
        4) The completeness

        The price was higher than most other programs. I have Michel Thomas and Rosetta Stone. I still bought this one because I felt it's great for pronunciation.

        In the past, Pimsleur programs were different because they went "backwards". When introducing a new word, the teacher would pronounce the word backwards. E.g. wards, ck, bah (would make "backwards"). This is great to get the exact sound. As the program advances, this unique method is dropped. The other part is that the written text (PDF) doesn't correspond to the lesson learned. Why, I'm not sure. It would be so much better to learn something and then read it in the text.

        I'm half way through the 30 lessons (and I've learned a lot). Whether I'll speak fluently by the time I get to 30, I'm not sure. I'll only know once I'm done. I've been studying this every day, six days a week, so I'm pretty diligent, but let's see at the end. As compared with any live learning I've done in the past, I'd say this is good value. I think it gives you a very solid foundation and I wouldn't hesitate to buy their products again. I would, however, look at how it can be improved (based on suggestions) and yes, improve it.

        It could also be a little bit funny. It's far, far too serious.

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