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Brazilian Brazilian Portuguese
which is far more complete thanks to Ly.

Portuguese (Português)

I've finally completed the phrase guide in Portugues with help from a friend of Eric Schreiber. I still consider it in draft form, until I receive corrections, which inevitably happen!.

Portuguese phrase booklet, on US letter sized paper (USA and Canada).
Portuguese phrase booklet, on A4 sized paper (rest of world).
Folding instructions for the booklet: print (acrobat pdf) or view (animated html)

Once the booklet and site are done, I'll need a native speaker of Portuguese to record. You must speak a reasonably dialect free Portuguese. Sex and age are not important, but you must be able to speak loudly and clearly without impediments and live near Denver, Colorado, USA. If you are interested, please e-mail me at, thanks!

Portuguese is spoken in Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Sao Tome e Principe, East Timor, Macao, Guinea-Bissau, Goa, Diu, and, I've heard, parts of New England, USA.

Check out In addition to her pricey course, she has quite a bit of content on the site, including pronunciation, grammar, phrases, cartoons, and more. The focus is Brazilian Portuguese.

Jancada has a good Portuguese foreign language page

  DVD (Portuguese audio)
Buy Black Orpheus (1959)
A Brazilian (now classic) remake of the Greek classic set during Carnaval in Rio.
Amazon has other Portuguese DVD's for sale.

Check out City of God at your local independent theatre right now: It's a great Brazilian movie.

Multilingual Books has some interesting stuff that amazon doesn't for Portuguese, usually more intense/more complete, and yes, more expensive.

Don't go to the Alternative Portuguese Dictionary unless you want to learn the bad side of the Portuguese language.

  pocket dictionary
Buy Harper Collins Pocket Portuguese Dictionary. It's a small dictionary but very complete and popular.
  phrase guide
Buy Lonely Planet Portuguese Phrasebook: With Two-Way Dictionary. A very thorough and high-quality book. It uses Brazilian Portuguese, but explains the differences where they differ.
  software course
Buy Rosetta Stone: Portuguese Explorer.
I've played a little with Rosetta Stone programs. I think that the system is simple and effective. I'm not too into software courses: I need to get away from the computer, not spend more time in front of it, but the Rosetta Stone series seems to be pretty good.