PDQ Portuguese Quick Language Course

PDQ Portuguese Quick Language Course

Author: Manolo Santos
Publisher: Linguaphone
Publication date: 1999
Price: £30
CEFR levels: A1 (Beginner)
Components: Coursebook (64 pages) and 4 audio CDs
Number of hours: 8-10
Syllabus:
Grammar
⦁ Nouns
⦁ Articles
⦁ Adjectives
⦁ Possessive adjectives
⦁ Present tense verbs: singular and plural
⦁ Plural of nouns and adjectives
⦁ Infinitive of verbs

Vocabulary
⦁ Greetings
⦁ Places in a town
⦁ Food
⦁ Signs in public places
⦁ Nationalities
⦁ Family
⦁ Numbers 1-100
⦁ Adjectives to describe people
⦁ Parts of the body
⦁ Asking and giving directions
⦁ Rooms in a house
⦁ Adjectives to describe a house
⦁ Features of a town
⦁ Adjectives to describe a town
⦁ Hiring a car
⦁ Days of the week
⦁ Months of the year

Publisher claims

It is a short course aimed at complete beginners to get the speaking, writing and understanding Portuguese, with a focus on everyday essential language in a variety of situations using the Linguaphone method of listen, understand, speak. The key features are developing correct pronunciation with an authentic accent, learning over 500 words and phrases, the major verbs and key grammar, and gaining the confidence to express yourself in Portuguese. The recordings are in English and Portuguese and you have the option to study solely by using the CDs with the book as backup.

Strengths

This is a very good introductory course for total beginners. It covers the basic grammar and introduces useful vocabulary.
It is thematic, covering functional language in everyday situations.
The premise is that Pedro Gomes is visiting Coimbra to record useful language for this course and a result he finds himself in situations a visitor would find themselves in: greeting people, ordering food and drink, talking about yourself and your family, checking into a hotel, hiring a car, and being invited to someone’s house.
The course is very structured. Each unit follows the same format: the key language is presented; you hear the language being used in a real-life situation; you do exercises and repeat the dialogue to test your understanding of the key language; and at the end of the unit you listen to the end of the story.
It focuses on listening and speaking. You listen to a dialogue and then repeat the dialogue.
It moves at a surprisingly fast pace and by the end of each unit you have covered a lot of vocabulary.
It is good for people who need to learn Portuguese for a specific trip, but don’t want to commit to a long-term course.
The book is printed in colour on glossy paper with lots of photos.

Weaknesses

It is not ideal for people who want to learn the language in more detail, as once you have finished the course you have to buy another course, which starts at beginner level, so you might as well buy the longer course in the first place.
As a total beginner to the language I noticed that the two Portuguese speakers pronounced some of the words slightly differently and I found it slightly confusing when repeating after them.
There is no real writing practice.
The book is a bit dated. The photos look like they are from the original 1999 edition of the book.