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: Meet the authors : Only got a minute? : Only got 5 minutes? : Only got 10 minutes? : How to use this book : Sounding right: pronunciation and spelling : 1 Two by two ... and golden silence ('h', 'ch', nh, 'lh' - what they stand for) : 2 A hiss, a buzz and a shush (Sounds shown by 's' and 'z') : 3 Let's slide, rock and roll (The values of 's', 'ss', 'r', 'rr') : 4 Play hard or not but mind the tail (Sounds spelt with 'qu', 'g', 'gu', 'c' and 'c') : 5 A DJ and a xylophone in a taxi (Spellings 't', 'd', 'x' and their sounds) : 6 Surf the sound waves (Nasal sounds) : 7 High and low (Upper and lower case letters) : 8 Beat the drums (Stress and graphic accent) : 9 Make a difference (Accurate spelling) : 10 Tune yourself to success (Subtle sounds) : Getting the structure right : 11a Eu viajo frequentemente entre o Brasil e Portugal I travel frequently between Brazil and Portugal (The definite article) : 11b Eu vou passar as ferias com a minha amiga I am going to spend my holidays with my friend (The definite article continued) : 12 Cem carros em meia hora, que boa ideia! A hundred cars in half an hour, what a good idea! (The indefinite article) : 13 Li o jornal durante a viagem I read the paper on the journey (Gender and nouns) : 14 O que e isto? Um chapeu vermelho! What is this? A red hat! (Gender and different words) : 15 Aquela estudante europeia tem uma irma dentistaThat European female student has a sister who is a dentist (Changing masculine to feminine) : 16 Eles compraram dez paes e dois guarda-chuvas azuisThey bought ten bread loaves and two blue umbrellas (Plurals) 17 Bom dia e um dia bom!Good morning, and: a nice day! (Word order in nouns and adjectives) : 18a A casa nova e bonita The new house looks nice (Gender and number agreement) : 18b As portas estao fechadas e as janelas abertas The doors are closed and the windows open (Gender and number agreement) : 19 No fim daquela rua, a direita At the bottom of that road, on your right (Contracted words and agreement) : Possessives, personal and other pronouns - usage, agreement and word order : 20 Meus senhores e minhas senhoras Ladies and gentlemen (Possessives and agreement) : 21 Esta e uma das minhas malas This is one of my suitcases (Possessives with o/a and um/uma) 22: Nao saia sem o guarda-chuva Don't go out without your umbrella (No possessives) : 23 Falamos portugues We speak Portuguese (Use and omission of subject pronouns) : 24a Muito prazer em conhece-la Delighted to meet you (Object pronouns and word order) : 24b Deram-lhe um presente e deram-no com prazer They gave him a present and they gave it with pleasure (More on object pronouns) : 25 Estava calor, mas ontem nao esteve It was hot then, but not yesterday (Past tenses) : 26 Falaremos, quando voce vier We shall talk, when you come (Future tenses) : 27 Ao sair, encontrei um amigo As I left, I met a friend (Personal infinitive) : 28 Faz muito sol It is very sunny (Impersonal sentences) : 29 Esta-se bem neste hotel It is comfortable at this hotel (The se format and its roles) : 30 Como e que voce se chama? What's your name? (E que and word order) : 31 Voces gostam de musica, nao gostam? You like music, don't you? (Tag questions) : 32 Vamos para casa pelo parque We are going home through the park (Prepositions para and por) 33: Fui de carro e tambem a cavalo I went by car and also on horseback (Prepositions de and a) : Choosing the right words 34a: Ele e do Rio de Janeiro He is from Rio de Janeiro (Ways of saying to be) : 34b Ela esta de ferias no Algarve She is on holiday in the Algarve (More ways of saying to be) : 35 Ela tem trinta anos She is thirty years old (Other expressions of being) : 36 Tomo cafe todos os dias I have coffee every day (Not to have) : 37 Ha mesas livres? Are there any tables available? (There to be and more) : 38 Mil, cento e trinta e duas pessoas One thousand, one hundred and thirty two people (Numerals) : 39 Sao vinte e cinco de Junho It's 25 June (Dates) : 40 De segunda a sexta-feira From Monday to Friday (Weekdays) 41: Esse ou aquele? That one or that one? (This, that ... and that) 42a: O livro esta ai ou ali? Is the book by you or over there? (Here, there ...and there) : 42b Ca chove menos do que la Around here it rains less than there (Here, there... and there) : 43 Ele e o melhor aluno He is the best student (Degrees of comparison) 44 Seis paezinhos, por favor Six bread rolls, please: (Augmentatives and diminutives) : 45 Por favor Please (Polite requests) : 46 O senhor, voce ou tu? You, you or you? (Forms of address) : 47 Filhos e criancas Children and children (Child, son and daughter) : 48 A gente desta terra The people of this land (Nouns which function in both the singular and plural) : 49a Saber - conhecer, conseguir - poder To know,to be able to, can (Discerning verb meanings) : 49b Pedir - perguntar, dever - ter de Asking and obligation (Discerning verb meanings) 50a: Puxe, pilha, geleia de laranja e um lanche Pull, battery, marmalade and a snack (False friends) : 50b Pais, comum, bonito e um copo Parents, ordinary, exquisite and a glass (More false friends) : Glossary of grammatical terms : Index