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Kodanshas Romanized Japanese-English Dictionary Paperback – Mar 26 2002


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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha International; New edition edition (March 26 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770027532
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770027535
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 2.8 x 13 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,718,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Kodansha has done us a great service by publishing this very useful dictionary. It can help beginning students of spoken Japanese in making the initial jump into verbal comprehension--a much easier way to learn the language than trying to master the multiple writing systems along with the language. The layout of the volume is clear and legible, with a number of useful appendixes. Sample sentences are included with many definitions, which does slant the dictionary toward a more educationally based set of uses. Some 16,000 words are listed--a very good working vocabulary. It should be pointed out, however, that this dictionary is not unique. The Taiseido Pocket Romanized Japanese-English Dictionary has been through at least ten editions and has over 50,000 words. The Taiseido is perhaps a better choice for reference collections, while the Kodansha version should be purchased for high school and college-level use and by those who contemplate a stay in Japan.
- Mike Heines, USAF Rome Laboratory Technical Lib., N.Y.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Timothy Vance is a Kodansha International author.

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Format: Paperback
I'd recommend this dictionary to any starting student in Japanese. The entries are in Romaji, so looking up colloquialisms is no problem. Plenty of illustrations of usage are included under each entry, and it's a rare occasion when I can't find what I'm looking for.
Of course, it's no subsitute for a kanji dictionary, but one of the burdens that students must bear in learning Japanese is that they will eventually need at least two Japanese-English dictionaries - one for looking up words they hear and another for kanji. If you select this dictionary for the first category you won't go wrong.
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By A Customer on Jan. 10 1999
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Useful, but if you are serious about learning Japanese buy the "furigana" versions. The introduction and grammar notes are also very good. I use the "furigana" version often (from what I can see it has exactly the same content as the romanji versions).
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Thorough, Handy, Durable Sept. 26 2001
By Thomas F. Ogara - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'd recommend this dictionary to any starting student in Japanese. The entries are in Romaji, so looking up colloquialisms is no problem. Plenty of illustrations of usage are included under each entry, and it's a rare occasion when I can't find what I'm looking for.
Of course, it's no subsitute for a kanji dictionary, but one of the burdens that students must bear in learning Japanese is that they will eventually need at least two Japanese-English dictionaries - one for looking up words they hear and another for kanji. If you select this dictionary for the first category you won't go wrong.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Accent included in this excellent dictionary Nov. 22 2008
By Eric Justice - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've been looking for a Japanese dictionary that includes pronunciation (pitch accent) and this is the only one I've found. I already had the furigana version, which is also a good choice, but unfortunately that one doesn't include the accent.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Terrific study aid Dec 6 2011
By Remo Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The Kodansha Romanized Japanese-English dictionary is the right size and right resource for the beginner but serious student of Japanese. The entries are concise and provide very helpful sentence structures that reinforce the overall grammatical context.
As a matter of fact, this is my second copy of the dictionary. I keep one at work where I study my Japanese during breaks and keep the second one at home for home study!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One Of The Very Best (If Not The Best)! Feb. 16 2014
By William F. Flanigan Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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If your are studying/learning conversational Japanese (and/or trying to email messages in romanized Japanese), you will be hard pressed to find a better reference guide. This dictionary is not for the beginner (or anyone casually interested in just memorizing/speaking “canned” Japanese phrases), but will prove to be extremely valuable after a year or so of dealing with conversational Japanese. In addition to extensive, but easy to follow definitions, there are numerous illustrative sentences (in romanized Japanese and English) showing word usage. They are there to tutor you (and, of course, expand your skills) in a user-friendly manner. An expensive book, but well worth it! The gold standard in this market, so far. WILLIAM FLANIGAN, PhD.
This dictionary is the BEST! July 22 2012
By Janet Prentice - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am SO impressed with this dictionary!

It lists Japanese words in romaji, then gives the meaning in both English and Japanese characters. Then it gives examples, as sentences or phrases (often multiple examples), written in romaji, English and Japanese characters. The examples are brilliant for building your understanding of sentence structure, grammar and useful expressions.

You also get antonyms and various explanatory notes, and the romaji words are marked to indicate pronounciation.

As an aside, the paper that my copy of the dictionary is printed on feels beautiful to the touch--it's high quality. I really have nothing but praise for every aspect of this dictionary!

My only regret is that there isn't a reverse version (English to Japanese).


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