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Kodanshas Romanized Japanese-English Dictionary [Paperback]

Timothy Vance
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March 26 2002 Japanese for Busy People

Kodanshas Romanized Japanese-English Dictionary is a Kodansha International publication.


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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, Handy, Durable Sept. 26 2001
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and well-constructed reference text Jan. 10 1999
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Format:Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific study aid Dec 6 2011
By Remo Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Romaji Oct. 2 2011
By Kevin Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4.0 out of 5 stars perfect companion for first year students Aug. 16 2014
By Dustin Brantley - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the perfect dictionary for a first year or beginner Japanese student. It has easy to understand examples for the basic words you are likely to see in year 1-2 textbooks. Every student can make use of it. However I think you will quickly outgrow it but that is fine. After you move beyond romaji and expand your vocab past the most basic 1-2000 words, you'll know when it's time to move on.
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