If you really want to learn Portuguese but are daunted by the prospect of complicated grammar, classes and coursebooks, this book starts right from the beginning and explains everything in simple English. There are hints throughout to make learning easy and you can learn at your own pace with plenty of practice of each new point. It should help you to understand and speak Portuguese sufficiently well to function effectively in basic everyday situations. The course also offers an insight into Portuguese culture. The text is divided into two main parts. Units 1-10 are an introduction to the basic structures and grammatical points needed in everyday situations. Units 11-19 offer the opportunity to put into practice and consolidate the language learnt in the first ten units. They deal with practical everyday situations such as shopping, eating and travelling. There is a special section on pronunciation at the beginning of the book to get you started and a checklist at the end of the first ten units so that you can check your progress and review any areas of difficulty. New language is introduced through short dialogues and texts which are also on the accompanying recording, and there are plenty of exercises to practice each new point as it is introduced. This new edition has been updated to reflect changes such as the introduction of the euro. By the end of the course you should be able to communicate in a range of real-life situations and have all the practical information you need to enjoy your next trip to Portugal. The accompanying cassette provides over an hour of listening material. The cassette (0-340-87022-9) and book (0-340-87120-2) can also be purchased separately.