Reading Resources, Books in Portuguese

Olà @Joseph.I have trouble with the perfect past tense and its use in Portuguese (and Spanish).

For example in English we say ‘I have started reading’ but if I translate that to be ‘eu tenho começado ler’ it seems to imply that I have been repeatedly starting at page 1 and never really got much further?

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Hah! :smile: I was being too optimistic.

Structurally, “I have started reading” and “Eu tenho começado a ler” are the same thing. But in terms of meaning, the Portuguese present perfect is actually a much better match to the English present perfect continuous (“I have been starting to read”) - that’s why the two don’t seem to click. To say “I have started reading”, you should only use the Portuguese simple past, “Eu comecei a ler” :slight_smile:

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Hoje eu encontrei um website que eu marquei muitas semanas atrás. Talvez seja um pouco útil para alguns de nós.

maybe its too late, but “o alquimista” is good for beginning

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Muito obrigado, @marek! :slightly_smiling_face:

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Stumbled across this today: https://certaspalavras.pt/

For a verbavore like me - I’m feasting!

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Incrivelmente útil e fascinante! Muito obrigado, @stephencanthony! :slightly_smiling_face:

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Esta lista é do Projeto Gutenberg, um website que lista livros que estão em domínio público. Aqui está uma lista dos livros em português e eles são totalmente gratis. Aproveitem! :nerd_face:

http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/languages/pt

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Ótimas sugestões!

Para redações menores, talvez:

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there are Audio Books here: https://librivox.org (go to the Portuguese section)
and
eBooks here: https://elivros.love/

Hi, I’m reading some easy young teenager level ebooks on kindle / iBooks by Pedro Bandeira. They are eBooks because I can highlight any word and pull up the translation. They are fun adventure books, but are in Brazilian Portuguese and the Brazilians use a completely different style for their verbs and different colloquialisms. Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for comparable books at that level in European Portuguese. I’ve tried translated adult books like Agatha Christie, John le Carre, but they are much more difficult, and pre-teen books are too boring. What books did you at Practice Portuguese love as kids or young teenagers? some derring do stuff… (sailing, adventure, discovery, mystery, Carlos Ruiz Zafon style, but easier than that…
Thanks for any tips
Actually I think question this should be transferred to the topic: Reading Resources, Books in Portuguese

I loved the series Uma Aventura em… I found it was great for learning everyday vocab and was a great introduction to Portuguese life, culture, history, geography etc… They are a bit like the Enid Blyton Famous Five but written by two Portuguese Educationalists who seem to discreetly introduce new vocab and grammar constructions and then reuse them in different chapters and so different contexts to help embed the new language. Obviously designed to develop the literacy of Portuguese school children but great for us learners of PLE.

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@antonbergh :sunglasses:

I was also fond of those as a kid, but I especially liked the Viagens no Tempo series, written by the same authors. It’s a nice introduction to Portuguese history.

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