As far as phrasebooks go, LP's are usually good, but not always. I'd suggest you look at Amazon.
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Some Rough Guides "phrasebooks" are actually only dictionaries and are essentially completely useless, but their Mandarin Chinese phrasebook is actually quite good and everybody says not to get the LP Mandarin phrasebook because it has no Chinese characters in it and it uses a transliteration to spell Chinese words that LP invented and was considered horribly inferior to Pinyin by everybody. So that illustrates how you can't generalize whether one is better than another, but as a general rule the LP phrasebooks are usually better than Rough Guide's phrasebooks.
We were there for 17 days and intended to do a lot of traveling by rental car to small towns and we needed a really comprehensive guidebook. For just going to Porto and Lisbon, honestly, it doesn't matter.
Either one will cover those cities well enough. Rough Guides covered this and I seem to think that LP did not, although that was 9 years ago. The main train station in Porto is Sao Bento, so if they go by train, advise them that they might need to change trains after arriving from Lisbon to actually get to Porto proper. The guidebooks should tell if that's still true or not. You CAN get by speaking Spanish in Portugal, especially if you make it clear that you are a foreigner your brother's accent should make that clear unless his Spanish is extremely good and you're sorry you don't speak Portuguese.
Portuguese people are generally helpful, but the older generation saw little value in learning English, so it can be difficult to find English speakers. Spanish is a lot better than English over there, but a phrasebook should be OK. It's not too difficult to understand spoken Portuguese, but do tell your brother than in Portugal they have a nasty habit of dropping the vowel ending of words they don't do this in Brazil and you need to know that to understand what people say.
For example, they will say "verd" for green even though the word is "verde" and Brazilians will say it with the "e" ending. I compared the Lp and Rough Guide books and chose the latter for my trip in I found it was quite comprehensive.
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However internet material was necessry to supplement it. I have given up buying phrase books as they usually don't have the particular phrases I need. I found this internet language resource sufficient: Tourist Portuguese. I don't know about Portuguese phrase books, I don't need : But all phrase books are crap. When you write in one language how you'd pronounce in another, the result can only be shit. I've seen some things writen in English how you'd pronounce Portuguese A great shity job done by LP.
I bought the 5th edition, I think. It has Chinese characters it does , English, and a transliteration, or whatever you call, of the Chinese characters.
annakovtun.com/includes/poryqezy/3314.php The older editions, instead of that transliteration have Pinyin the oficial romanization of Mandarin So even LP realized they did a bad job with that transliteration. Thanks for the info you guys. I, too, haven't had much luck with phrasebooks, but I think my brother will get a real kick out of trying to order his dinner in Portuguese.
He is fascinated by languages, but, for a one week trip, wouldn't have time for a more in depth look. This topic has been locked by a moderator. All rights reserved. No part of this site may be reproduced without our written permission. No worries. Hi all,My brother and his wife will be taking a much-needed week long vacation to Portugal specifically Lisbon and Porto - they were given free accomodations in both locations ….
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