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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: Japanese
  • ISBN-10: 4770027532
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770027535
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,113,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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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. 11 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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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.
8 of 8 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.
3 of 3 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!
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Romaji Oct. 2 2011
By Kevin Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you can't read kanji, this is the (paper) dictionary for you. Look up anything in Roman letters. This was my main dictionary, then I got the $250 Casio electronic (great but not reading kanji limits functionality), and lastly I got a $20 dictionary for iPhone that is even easier while less comprehensive but it has everything I could ever want. Good item.
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.

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