Item description for PORTUGUESE in 10 minutes a day® with CD-ROM (10 Minutes a Day) by Kristine K. Kershul & Rosana do Rio Broom...
Overview Provides the Portugese expressions for familiar words and phrases as used in Portugal, Brazil, and other countries, plus tips on learning Portuguese.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 8.25" Height: 10.5" Weight: 0.92 lbs.
Release Date Jul 31, 2007
Publisher Bilingual Books, Inc.
Series 10 Minutes A Day
ISBN 1931873097 ISBN13 9781931873093
Availability 0 units.
More About Kristine K. Kershul & Rosana do Rio Broom
Kristine K. Kershul blends her experience as a teacher, world traveler and language scholar to create a playful, innovative way to learn and use a new language. Teacher As an expert linguist, Kristine spent ten years teaching German at universities in the United States and in Europe. World Traveler An adventurous spirit, Kristine has explored more than 100 countries, from Bhutan to Zimbabwe, and almost every exotic locale in between. She understands the problems that all travelers encounter, regardless of which country they are visiting. She knows first-hand how languages can open doors to new adventures, new friends and different cultures. Language Scholar Kristine completed her undergraduate and graduate studies while living in Heidelberg, Germany. She then received a second Master's Degree from the University of California in Santa Barbara and subsequently, did her Doctoral studies in Medieval German Languages and Literature. In addition to German, she also speaks a number of other languages ranging from Arabic to Swahili. A Colorful Background Kristine's fascination for languages began as a child growing up in a tri-lingual household in Oregon, where Croatian, Danish and English were spoken. Kristine's natural gift for languages opened doors outside the academic world. She worked as a bilingual travel guide in Europe and later, as a translator at the U.S. Embassy in Germany. On A Personal Note Kristine's passion for travel, foreign languages and new cultures continues to take her around the world. One never knows where she'll venture to next - Namibia, Laos or Guyana. Kristine is a licensed pilot, a certified diver and an avid downhill skier. She enjoys competitive horseback riding and playing the piano. She makes her home in both Seattle, Washington and in Cape Town, South Africa.
Kristine K. Kershul currently resides in Santa Barbara Seattle, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about PORTUGUESE in 10 minutes a day® with CD-ROM (10 Minutes a Day)?
Easy to use Jul 4, 2008
Easy to use, and has the pronunciations which I find helpful. Geard toward helping you go to a foreign country for holiday.
A Good, Fast Overview of Brazilian Portugese Jun 30, 2008
PORTUGUESE in 10 minutes a day® with CD-ROM (10 Minutes a Day)
This book and CD Rom give a very basic introduction to Portugese and gives exceptions where needed when Brazilian Portugese varies from the European.
Being a very visual person I really appreciated the colorful drawings and the interactive CD that gave you real life examples to associate the Portugese words with. It's far easier for me to remember how to say the words for blouse or cat or pharmacy or tea when I picture these things first. This is a far more natural way of learning a language than conjugating verbs and learning tenses. I tend to remember a word when I can associate it with an image, sound or smell.
For those wanting to delve more deeply into the language I would recommend Berlitz for 1. a review of the basics and 2. total immersion - nothing helps the speed of learning like being forced to know the words to ask to go the bathroom!!
Remember that Berlitz has several iterations: face-to-face, online and a brief CD (for this language). Keep an eye on [....] for special promotions and pricing to continue your studies.
Great start for learning Portuguese Jun 29, 2008
Okay, so I've only had this book and CD-ROM for a few weeks. I guess I figured there would be lessons of a certain length (each taking about 10 minutes), so that I could check them off (a bit obsessive-compulsive, here), but no, they just encourage you to keep at it and do whatever you can do in the book in 10 minutes. I've only spent 3 sessions doing this, but it's definitely interesting enough that I've spent an hour or more each time. It is very well written, easy to follow.
The CD-ROM is addictive, as I found myself listening to the words and repeating after them almost every day. They have several things to do to learn colors, numbers, rooms in a house, places of business, objects you would use in an office or bathroom, etc, as well as phrases you would use often. I've had trouble putting aside Spanish pronunciation and wrapping my tongue around the oo's, so having someone repeat whichever word I want to say OVER AND OVER is great. There also are pages with 150 stickers to post around the house with names of household items (you might put the word for "cat" on a stuffed cat, tho), flash cards, and pages with menu items that I certainly will practice and cut out and take with me on my visit to Brazil.
I have also been listening to Pimsleur's Brazilian Portuguese CDs, which are quite good. I do like being able to see the written words (which Pimsleur's doesn't provide) while learning a language, so that feature makes this book worthwhile. What I'd like to see are more CD-ROM interactives for learning language, as I'm sure if they were like those provided on the included CD-ROM (need more words and phrases, please), I would spend hours working on learning the language.
FUN AND EASY LEARNING TOOL Apr 29, 2008
Portuguese in 10 minutes a day is a fun and easy to use tool for learning a new language. I like the repetition in writing words and the CD-ROM is vey helpful in pronoucing the Portugese language. Well worth every cent!
Great addition to my Portuguese learning! Apr 8, 2008
I have other books and programs (Rosetta Stone) for learning Portuguese. This is a great addition that is easy to have along when my computer is not convenient to use. I try to spend lots of spare minutes just working on a new page. Only complaint at all is that it says it is for Brazilian Portuguese, but all given pronunciations are not necessarily the right pronunciations listed for Brazil Portuguese....more traditional. But if you know the way they say things differently in Brazil, then it is a great way to add vocabulary.