Book: Évora e o Alentejo Central

Have you ever been to Évora?

Évora is the finest example of a city of the golden age of Portugal after the destruction of Lisbon by the earthquake of 1755. The cityscape of Évora demonstrates the influence exerted by Portuguese architecture in Brazil, in sites such as Salvador de Bahia.

Évora e o Alentejo Central

In this book you will learn more about the beautiful city of Évora and the region where it is located in Portugal, the Alentejo.

This nice layout makes from this book a very interesting tool for all Portuguese learners, as they can explore a range of language tasks devised according to their levels that will enhance their learning experience.


As a basic level student you can start by reading the sub topicsor headings of each part of the book, with the help of a dictionary, making sense of short sentences and also writing up a likst of useful words such as types of buildings, words used to describe the buildings, some verbs in the present tense etc

If you have already learned the past tenses in Portuguese, a good idea is to make up a list of verbs in the past you find in the text - note that you don't need to work through the whole text, but in small blocks. You can also make a copy of some pages and work in small blocks of text: with a white correction fluid or tape, mask the main verbs of each sentence (make a note of them on a separate sheet) and after a day or 2, try to fill in the blanks


You can also work with prepositions (de, do, da, para etc). Make a copy of any page and mask some of the prepositions you find in a block of text - not all of them! Leave the text aside for a day or 2 and then try to fill in the blanks. Try to be consistent, work with do, de and da in one block and para and por in another block. Don't work with all different prepositions in a single block.

If you have a higher understanding of the language, you can attempt to read the parts of the text that most interest you and you can also ask your teacher to write up some comprehension questions for you.


Reading will help you to have a clear idea of how sentences are laid out in Portuguese.

Language learners who read in the target language are more used to the position of the words in negative, interrogative and affirmative sentences and because of this, they make less mistakes when communicating in the language they chose to learn.

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