English As She is Spoke

Cover of book English As She is Spoke
Categories: Nonfiction

English as she is spoke is an English phrasebook intended for Portuguese students of English. The book was written by Jose da Fonseca and Pedro Carolino in 1855. Everything seems reasonable and fine b


ut there was just one problem: the authors did not speak English at all and they did not even have an English-Portuguese dictionary at their disposal. When collecting materials for the phrasebook,da Fonseca and Carolino used Portuguese-French dictionary and a French-English dictionary. As one can imagine, the process of formation of this book was complicated and the result is quite amusing. Using such book as a travel-guide a Portuguese can easily insult English-speakers. The book also includes a section of "Idiotisms and Proverbs."

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