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Books & CDs about Brazilian Portuguese

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Alexander R. da Prista
Essential Portuguese Grammar

Paperback (June 1966)
Published by Dover Pubns
ISBN: 0486216500
Dimensions (in inches): 0.29 x 7.96 x 5.39
"The Portuguese grammar book by Alexander R. da Prista is short and excellent and covers all areas. Easy to cut through the language. The best I have seen." (Trennoche) 

"The book is concise but my edition (1966) is visually unattractive. One or two colours among the text, use of more fonts etc would improve the very classical layout. The explanations are slightly turgid, a little old-fashioned. More examples would be handy. Good index but nothing on pronounciation." (Kenny Bell)

Langenscheidt Universal (pocket) Dictionary Portuguese-English English-Portuguese

"Handy size and good production but rather weak word list." (Kenny Bell)
Langenscheidt English-Portuguese Lilliput Dictionary

Paperback (June 1985)
Published by Langenscheidt Publishing Group
ISBN 0887294634
"Fun, easy to carry but really a bit inconvenient to use." (Kenny Bell)
Richard A. Preto-Rodas (Editor), Alfred Hower, Charles A. Perrone (Editor)
Cronicas Brasileiras : Nova Fase

Paperback, 329 pages, 2 edition (January 1994)
Published by University Press of Florida
Dimensions (in inches): 1.02 x 8.93 x 6.02
ISBN 0813012465
From the preface to the Nova Fase (second edition):
" . . . The advent of many new excellent cronistas in Brazil and various changes in Brazilian life and attitudes during the past 20 years made it advisable to produce a new edition of the book.  The new edition was to retain many of the cronicas that have proved to be especially popular and successful and to add newer ones that more adequately reflect aspects of contemporary Brazilian reality. A new essay concerning the evolution of the cronica since the late 1960s has been added."
Alfred and Richard Preto-Rodas Hower (Editor), Richard A. Preto-Rodas (Editor)
Cronicas Brasileiras : A Portuguese Reader

Paperback, 224 pages (December 1971)
Published by University Press of Florida
Dimensions (in inches): 0.70 x 9.01 x 6.01
ISBN: 0813003253
Collins Gem Portuguese/English
"Excellent, 70,000 translations, not that much less than the big Collins!" (Kenny Bell)

John Whitlam, Vitoria Davies, Mike Harland
Collins Portuguese Dictionary

Paperback, 368 pages
Published by HarperCollins
Dimensions (in inches): 7.73 x 5.12 x 1.59
Dimensions (in centimeters): 20.3 x 13.5 x 4.3
ISBN: 0-06-273489X
"Good English-Portuguese-English dictionary. My main dictionary." (Marko H.)

Amélia P. Hutchinson and Janet Lloyd
Portuguese: an Essential Grammar

Paperback, 193 pages
Published by Routledge
Publication date: December 1, 1996
Dimensions (in inches): 9.13 x 6.08 x .68
Dimensions (in centimeters): 23.3 x 15.5 x 1.6
ISBN: 0-415-13708-X (paperback)
ISBN: 0-415-13707-1 (hardcover)
"Good grammar reference book, not a "Portuguese in 5 easy lessons" (Marko H.)
Jura Oliveira
Living Language Portuguese (Brazilian Dictionary)

Paperback, Dic/Rev Edition
Published by Random House (Paper)
Publication date: May 1, 1993
Dimensions (in inches): 7.01 x 4.22 x .53
ISBN: 0517590360
Comments: ?
Alexander R. Prista, M. M. Mickle
Say It in Portuguese: Brazilian Usage

Published by Dover Publications
Publication date: May 1, 1985
Dimensions (in inches): 5.25 x 3.47 x .31
ISBN: 0486208095
Comments: ?
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Conversational Brazilian-Portuguese

Published by Henry Holt (Paper)
Publication date: October 1990
Dimensions (in inches): 8 x 5.42 x .60
ISBN: 0805015035
Comments: ?
Holanda Ferreira ?
Dicionário Aurélio de Aurélio Buarque

Português - Português dicionário
Published by Nova Fronteira
"se estiver interessado num português-português o the best é o Dicionário Aurélio de Aurélio Buarque de Holanda Ferreira, editado pela Nova Fronteira (, aqui no Brasil. Todo mundo por aqui usa este dicionário, se achá-lo por ai, é o que eu recomendo. Ele menciona inclusive as gírias mais faladas e os neologismos." (Obrigado Carlos Lanfranchi)
F. Pietzschke
English-Portuguese Illustrated Dictionary (Brazilian) (New Michaelis)

Publisher: i. b. d., Limited
Publication Date: June 1995
ISBN: 8506015995
Comments: ?
F. Wimmer
Portuguese-English Illustrated Dictionary (Brazilian) (New Michaelis)

Publisher: i. b. d., Limited
Publication Date: June 1995
ISBN: 8506015987
Comments: ?
Antonio R.M. Simoes
Com Licença! : Brazilian Portuguese for Spanish Speakers (Special Publication)

Published 1992

"There is an awesome book called Brazilian Portuguese for Spanish Speakers.  I think you should put it in your book listing.  Its probably the most helpful out of all the portuguese books/tapes I have used.  Its pretty hard to find though...:)"

(Thank you for the comments, Pat! I hope I have the the right book listed, at least the name matches/ Marko)

Com Licença! :
Brazilian Portuguese for Spanish Speakers
(Institute of Latin American Studies/Cassette)

Audio Cassette
Published 1992


Sue Tyson-Ward
Teach yourself Brazilian Portuguese

Paperback, 216 pages
Published by Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 1997
Dimensions (in inches): 3.6 x 7.9 x 0.8
Dimensions (in centimeters): 12.9 x 19.8 x 1.9
0-340-67948-4 (paperback)
Advertised as "Complete course for beginners". Also available in a book/cassette pack.


"I have been using "Teach yourself Brazilian Portuguese" by Sue Tyson-Ward with the tapes and like it very much." (Bob F.)

Deolinda Monteiro - Beatriz Pessoa
Guia prático dos verbos Portugueses

Paperback, 240 pages
Published by LIDEL edicões técnicas
Publication date: 1995
Dimensions (in inches): 4.8 x 7.2 x 0.5
Dimensions (in centimeters): 12.1 x 18.0 x 1.2
ISBN: 0-972-9018-41-3 (paperback)
"Completely in Portuguese. Includes 12.000 verbs, all irregular verbs conjugated, etc. Reference book." (Marko H.)


Harper-Collins College Edition Portuguese Dictionary

ISBN: 0-06-273489-X
"The best that I've found is the Harper-Collins College Edition Portuguese Dictionary. It has brilliant descriptions of very subtle distinctions of meaning. Plenty of colliquiams including equivalents for the very difficult to understand English phrasal verbs (i.e. 'make up' 'agree with' 'go away''hang up' etc.). The dictionary also includes plenty of slang, vulgarisms, etc. Basically anything you'd possibly want is in here.."
- Kevin

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