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Kodansha's Effective Japanese Usage Dictionary (A Kodansha dictionary) [Paperback]

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Book Description

19 April 2002 4770028504 978-4770028501
A comprehensive dictionary explaining the differences between frequently confused words and phrases in the Japanese language, by using; sample sentences in romanized and standard Japanese followed by English; easy-to-use indexes; and short narratives and dialogues. One of the principal reasons for the difficulty foreign students have in mastering Japanese is the language's extensive use of words that seem similar in meaning, but are used very differently in practice. This 768-page dictionary both explains the differences between hundreds of words

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  • Paperback: 754 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd (19 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770028504
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770028501
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 13.1 x 3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,686,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Highly recommended." -- The Nikkei Weekly

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Partial List of Words Contrasted in Dictionary

¥aida ni / uchi ni
¥agaru / noboru
¥aki / kara
¥akiraka / tashika
¥akeru / hiraku
¥asoko / achira / mukou
¥atakamo / ikanimo
¥atatakai / nurui
¥atari / hen
¥ataru / butsukaru
¥assari / sappari / karatto
¥atsumaru / matomaru
¥atsumeru / yoseru
¥ateru / butsukeru
¥ato / mou
¥ato de / nochihodo
¥afureru / koboreru
¥amari - nai / taishite - nai
¥amaru / nokoru
¥aratameru / kaeru / naosu
¥aru / iru
¥angai / igai / omotta yori

¥iikagen / tekitou
¥ie / uchi
¥iku / kuru
¥ikura -temo / donna ni -temo
¥ijimeru / ibiru / gyakukutai suru
¥isogashii / sewashii / awatadashii
¥isogu / awateru / aseru
¥ichiichi / hitotsu hitotsu
¥ichiban / mottomo
¥itsumo / itsu demo / shotchuu
¥ima / genzai / tadaima
¥ima kara / korekara
¥iroiro / samazama
¥utsu / tataku
¥umai / oishii
¥uru / baikyaku suru / uriharau
¥urusai / sawagashii / nigiyaka
¥ureshii / tanoshii / yukai
¥ou / oikakeru
¥ooi / takusan / ippai
¥okage / sei / tame
¥oki ni / goto ni
¥(-te) oku / (-te) aru
¥oku / noseru / tsumu / kasaneru
¥okuru / shikaru
¥oshieru / shiraseru
¥osu / osaeru
¥osoi / noroi
¥osoroshii / kowai
¥osowaru / narau / manabu / benkyou suru
¥otosu / suteru
¥onaji / hitoshii
¥omoidasu / oboeru
¥omou / kangaeru
¥omoshiroi / okashii / hen / kawatte iru
¥omowazu / omoigakenai
¥oriru / kudaru
¥owaru / yameru / sumu
¥kaette / mushiro
¥kaeru / modoru
¥kajiru / kamu
¥gakkari / shitsubou suru / ki o otosu
¥kado / sumi
¥kanashii / sabishii
¥kanarazu / kitto / kimatte / zettai
¥kanari / daibu
¥kabuseru / oou
¥kari / ichijiteki / rinji
¥-garu / -buru / furi o suru
¥kawasu / yokeru /sakeru


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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dictionary of the Subtle Nuances of Japanese Words 7 Aug 2001
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When I stumbled across this book in a bookstore in Japan I was pleasantly surprised. Up till that point, everyday I struggled to answer my questions regarding words with similar meanings in Japanese. This book helped to answer many of my questions by grouping those words with related meanings into different sections and by providing detailed explanation about how the various wordsf meanings differ. For example, this book groups the words like gsamui,h gtsumetai,h and gsuzushiih into a single section, and then gives you examples for the correct usage of each word. Also, in my opinion the words and grammar contained in this book are not for beginners, but rather for intermediate to advanced students who are struggling with the subtleties of the language. Furthermore, it should be mentioned that this book is bilingual; all text has equivalent Japanese and English copies, so this book is good for Japanese native speakers as well. Overall, I have no complaints about this book (except that I wish it was published earlier when I started studying Japanese).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for what it is, but don't mistake it for a normal dictionary 28 Mar 2010
By Leonard Martinez - Published on Amazon.com
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Given the large number of similar-yet-frustratingly-different words in Japanese, this kind of concise, example filled book is very welcome. A bit muddled on the difference between iroiro and samazama? Or ureshii and tanoshii? The examples and directions are all in Japanese as well as in English, which is useful to test/help your reading ability as well. It also uses kanji/kana, so you can avoid the childish reliance on romanji. Included also are a few small essays/paragraphs in Japanese as well as a few charts with information about topics in Japanese. These are nice although a bit generic if you've already taken the time to read Japanese at an intermediate level.

However, keep in mind that this is a book designed to help you learn the difference between like words - it shouldn't be thought of as an all-purpose dictionary, as it only lists words that are paired with easily confused synonyms. Use it as a supplement alongside a more thorough, inclusive dictionary.
4.0 out of 5 stars Another book for my collection. 15 Jan 2012
By Cynthia - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been disappointed with some books i've ordered to learn Japanese. This one was very useful and effective. It's not hard to follow. Good for people who already know some Japanese.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money, but read on for a recommendation 25 Oct 2010
By Jackal - Published on Amazon.com
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I find this book a massive overkill. Too much information and too many examples on each usage situation. I prefer Kodansha's Basic English-Japanese Dictionary (Japanese for Busy People) that also gives similar usage information. By being more concise they are able to cover more ground.

Having offered this critique I have to recommend two of the second author's other books, which I have found very useful. I've read Japanese Core Words and Phrases: Things You Can't Find in a Dictionary (Power Japanese Series) (Kodansha's Children's Classics) and Basic Connections: Making Your Japanese Flow (Power Japanese Series) (Kodansha's Children's Classics). They are both definitely worth getting.
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