English As She Is Spoke: Being a Comprehensive Phrasebook of the English Language, Written by Men to Whom English Was Entirely Unknown

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McSweeney's Books, 2004 - Foreign Language Study - 133 pages
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In 1855, when Jose da Fonseca and Pedro Carolino wrote an English phrasebook for Portuguese students, they faced just one problem: they didn't know any English. Even worse, they didn't own an English-to-Portuguese dictionary. What they did have, though, was a Portuguese-to-French dictionary, and a French-to-English dictionary. The linguistic train wreck that ensued is a classic of unintentional humor, now revived in the first newly selected edition in a century. Armed with Fonseca and Carolino's guide, a Portuguese traveler can insult a barber ("What news tell me? All hairs dresser are newsmonger"), complain about the orchestra ("It is a noise which to cleve the head"), go hunting ("let aim it! let make fire him"), and consult a handy selection of truly mystifying "Idiotisms and Proverbs."

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Review: English as She Is Spoke: Being a Comprehensive Phrasebook of the English Language, Written by Men to Whom English was Entirely Unknown

User Review  - Tettey - Goodreads

of what use is Shakespeare and all these fanciful english writers to a non english speaker wishing to master enough english words for practical everyday conversation? NONE. Enter then this little book ... Read full review

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User Review  - Terri - Goodreads

From the blurb: In 1855, when Josť da Fonseca and Pedro Carolino wrote an English phrasebook for Portuguese students, they faced just one problem: they didn't know any English. Even worse, they didn't ... Read full review

Contents

Remedios Remedies
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AnIMAES QUADRUPEDES QUADRUPEDS BEASTS
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Do altar Of the altar
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Copyright

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Paul Collins, Australia's Personal Trainer is founder of The Body Coach fitness products, books, DVD's and educational coaching systems - helping people to get fit, lose weight, look good and feel great. Coaching since age 14, Paul has personally trained world-class athletes and teams in a variety of sports from Track and Field, Squash, Rugby, Golf, Soccer and Tennis to members of the Australian Karate Team and world-renowned Australian Olympic and Paralympic Swimming teams in core-strength, speed and power.

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