- Hardcover: 1320 pages
- Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd (1 Sept. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 4770024800
- ISBN-13: 978-4770024800
- Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 5.1 x 14.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 792,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Kodansha's Furigana Dictionary: Japanese-English/English-Japanese Hardcover – 1 Sep 1999
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Not very portable at all, this is really a leave at home book.
Size:50mm x 140mm x 190mm Weight: 1.1Kg
It contains just what you think it does. Its invaluable as “the ultimate” dictionary for someone studying Japanese. The only close alternative to this, might be to buy the J->E and E->J dictionaries separately. Be careful of the smaller dictionaries, as the kanji can be unreadable. This has nice big text, and you can see the kanji pretty well. Maybe even bigger would have been nice, but then the English would have looked like a childrens book :)
The only problem I have found so far is that there are mistakes :\
My Japanese teacher took a look through it and found mistakes in the kanji right away…
That said, there really is no alternative. If you want something better than your pocket dictionary, this is the one to buy
Like a real Japanese dictionary it uses kana rather than latin characters for Japanese lookup, so be aware of that if you can't read any kana or don't know the order of a kana table.
A VERY nice feature is an extensive (although not exhaustive) list of counters.
It's not as sturdy as it looks, unfortunately, and my cover fell off (I need a new one) after I started taking Japanese lessons seriously - it didn't really like transport.
If you're learning to read I recommend getting a kanji dictionary as well (the bigger the better). If you're looking for an intermediate to advanced dictionary...this isn't it. (try Amazon Japan)
All in all it is a good dictionary, not quite for the beginner, and does not try to solve the "tiny character" problem, indeed it makes it worse, if you rely on hiragana.
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great dictionary for who already has some Japanese knowledge !!!!quick deliveryPublished 2 months ago by van
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Although, electronic dictionaries are on the rise and are much quicker but if you seriously want to learn Japanese this is a must buy. Read morePublished on 10 Feb. 2011 by Ron
Our friend who is a lawyer in Japan recommended this. We have been using for 2 years, our ability to handle Japanese sky-rocketed. Read morePublished on 14 Jan. 2011 by Adlerinternational