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Spanish to Brazilian Portuguese
Foreign Service Institute
Department of State
The Course Used by Diplomats
Learn Portuguese the proven way -- just like a diplomat!
You'll be amazed at how easy it is to achieve fluency in Portuguese using this proven audio/text method. This introductory course is designed for those who already have a good command of Spanish and want to learn Portuguese. Discover how Portuguese and Spanish are similar, and how they differ from each other.
Spanish and Portuguese long ago diverged from a common ancestor and became two distinct languages, but they are still similar enough to permit a language learning practice using the "conversion method" developed by the Foreign Service Institute. This approach will help you alter familiar Spanish patterns to attain fluency in Portuguese.
This FSI Audio-Forum® Course Features:
* 2 hours of audio, 3 parts (lessons)
* 91-page text
* Oral and nasal vowels and diphthongs
* Consonant clusters and differences
* Grammar construction and word order
* Regular and irregular verb forms
* Object pronouns and direct object nouns
* Hints on vocabulary transfer
* Supplementary pronunciation exercises
* Notes on cognates and shared vocabulary
The U.S. State Department's Foreign Service Institute developed full-length courses specifically for diplomats, the very people who must learn a language quickly and effectively. Having worked with FSI authors and instructors, these courses have been fully tested through usage before release to the public. For over 40 years, Audio-Forum® has been the original and most trusted source for Foreign Service Institute language courses.
About the Language
Portuguese is the sixth most spoken language in the world. Of its 250 million speakers, 190 million are Brazilians. Thus, Brazilian Portuguese is more widely used than European Portuguese. The differences between them are comparable to those between British and American English, as such languages have evolved separately on either side of the Atlantic over the last few centuries.
Enhanced PDF Features
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System Requirements for Enhanced PDF Features
Mac® OS X® 10.5-10.8
512 MB RAM
Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP
233 MHz or faster processor
128 MB RAM
Additional Courses Available through Audio-Forum®:
* Programmatic Brazilian Portuguese Volume 1 (Level 1)
* Programmatic Brazilian Portuguese Volume 2 (Level 2)