Sucess You Can Rely On
Aquarela Portuguese for Foreigners has been widely and successfully used by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), US Deparment of State/Foreigh Language Institute (FSI), Syracuse University, Howard University, Washington University of Saint Louis, Carleton University – Canada, USDA Graduate School, Montgomery College - MD, ICA Language Services – VA, International Language Institute, and many others Foreign Language Schools and Institutes. Besides, being used by these institutions, Amazon.com has sold hundreds of Aquarela’s copies worldwide.
".This Brazilian Portuguese textbook is excellent, thorough and well structured. I have studied Portuguese and used several other textbooks, but this one is by far the most comprehensive and user-friendly. It spans an entire curriculum so that you don't need book 1, book 2, book 3 etc. It is a great text for university level and beyond classrooms, or a super individual review for those who have been exposed to some Portuguese. It includes a CD to help with pronunciation and listening skills. It is well organized and gives complete grammar explanations. Most importantly, it provides and opportunity to practice the critical language skills: speaking, reading, writing, and listening. This text introduces vocabulary for each lesson, provides helpful grammar exercises for each point introduced, incorporates many cultural tidbits on topics such as food, music, jokes, geography, etc. The themes in the book are very practical life skills topics like travel, finance, sports, housing, etc. There are quizzes at the end of each lesson for review and comprehension, as well as cloze
(fill-in-the-blank) exercises for listening comprehension. The answer key in the back, which many language texts lack, is especially useful for those studying on their own. If trying to choose a complete text for your classroom or for self-study, you will find this book a wonderful resource!
F. DeParis - Leesburg, VA United States. 02/14/2010
Concise and To the Point
"... I wrote a review displaying my dislike for the book I am now giving it 5 after going through the material about 3 times already - reading and re-reading and writing and re-writing the dialogues and texts. The book is concise and to the point. each lesson offers either a dialogue to the subject matter (Internet/ Restaurant/ Airport) or a brief cultural story (Oscar Niemeyer/ Carnaval/ Immigration). I love the dialogues and with the help of my friend I get to practice prononciation; which was one of the major issues that bothered me with this book - the man at the beginning of the book does speak rather difficult and for me the major difficulty is the difference between ô and ó which do not have the same sound as pointed out by my friend but the speaker who introduces the sounds at the preliminary chapter does not really make a clear distinction between them; however, if he does then it is not very clear. So for me one con for the book was the Audio Supplement solely the preliminary chapter all others are well done..."
By a customer on 10/22/2010
Excellent for adult learners
"... I appreciated that this book was aimed at adults, rather than adolescents (eg, dialogues focused on culture, work situations, etc, instead of the "what do you want to be when you grow up/what is your favorite subject" dialogues present in other textbooks). I also liked the audio package, with dialogues neither too fast or too slow and constructed to maximize comprehension building..."
By tebunbury on 8/22/2007
For adult learners
"...This book certainly fills a void. It is intended for adults and all the information is up to date which is important. I'm sure it will need some supplementing but overall it is worth the cost! It covers a lot! I'm excited to use it in my class".
Sofia Smith. 09/25/2010
Best I found
"... Best one I found on the market, high level of grammar and proper portuguese. Excelent for the professional traveler and business student. Highly recommended over others..." .
Natacha Umlauf - Michigan. 4/22/2011