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  • Paperback: 716 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd; New edition edition (9 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770027516
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770027511
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 2.5 x 13.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,142,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sammr on 2 July 2010
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Provides good translations of all necessary vocabulary, however, be aware that it is only English to Japanese and not the other way around, I made this mistake when looking for a cheaper version of the one that does both. It would actually be much cheaper to buy the dictionary that does both, if thats what you are looking for. Nonetheless almost essential for someone learning Japanese, it also does some common phrases which is useful
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I accidentally purchased this exclusively english to japanese dictionary when I intended to by one containing english to japanese AND vice versa. However this was not a problem - I just purchased to other dictionary aswell. Very easy to use and has a wide range of words and useful tips. the furigana (kana symbols above the kanji) is incredibly useful for an intermediate like me (I'm english but am learning japanese)
Very useful for my studies and I will make good use of it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Useful for Non-Natives who don't yet read Kanji 26 July 2008
By S. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a decent dictionary. I use it in the high school Japanese class that I teach, though the actual version is the hardcover Japanese-English, English-Japanese version. (Which is bigger and more expensive)

Furigana is only used when going from English to Japanese. Furigana is the placement of the hiragana reading for above a Kanji. In other words, if you can read hiragana, then you will be able to read the kanji that it denotes.

The problem with this dictionary is that it does not have exhaustive vocabulary and occasionally we are unable to find the words we are looking for.

The best furigana dictionary that I have seen is Kenkyusha's Furigana Dictionary. I think that it is out of print, but if you can afford it, that is the one to get for personal use. For the classroom, I am satisfied with Kodansha's dictionary.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good English-Japanese Dictionary 10 Aug 2011
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Sorry for the very late review! I still have this dictionary, cover is worn off, but still useful. I don't like romaji dictionaries. I think its a waste of time. Read furigana from the start. However I also recommend the Kodansha Furigana English-Japanese/Japanese-English dictionary.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Pretty good, but not perfect 25 Oct 2010
By Jackal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There is no good dictionary on the web coving this direction of translation, so you will need a hardcopy dictionary.

This is a pretty good beginners dictionary, but it can stay with you for some time. A decent about of vocabulary and some usage instructions. What I like in particular is that you get non-official kanjis as well, even though there are kana alternatives that are more popular. I guess the author really wants to be prescriptive and push for kanji - and I don't mind. There is probably close to 3,000 kanjis in the book, so many "non-approved", but frequently used. In most dictionaries (including those made for Japanese) you don't get this.

Very small furigana font is a bit irritating. I'm nearsighted so if I remove my glasses I can see the furigana (and complicated kanji) in detail. My vision is pretty good, so you might also have the same problem, unless you have super vision. Still, the rest of the font sizes are okay. If you get a dictionary made for Japanese people you'll have to struggle much more with tiny font sizes :)

Three further suggestions:

If you want a dictionary that has much more explanatory notes, but also much fewer entries I would recommend this book Kodansha's Basic English-Japanese Dictionary (Japanese for Busy People). It is a dictionary but it only has 4000 entries or so, so don't expect to find the word you're looking for there. However, I like that book because of the usage instructions that can be more detailed because of the smaller number of entries. So that would be a complement not an alternative. They provide usage instructions, but note that it is not a book describing different nuances of synonymes.

If you want a Japanese-English dictionary it would be natural to go for the companion Kodansha's Furigana: Japanese-English Dictionary (A Kodansha dictionary). That would be a mistake. That is a quite thin volume and you will often run into trouble not finding the word. However, I don't have any specific alternative book recommendation. I would say use the web.

If you want more entries, you might consider an English-Japanese dictionary made for the Japanese themselves. However, it that case be aware that the typical college editions do not have much extra information. Naturally no usage information as it is assumed the reader knows Japanese. Also troubling is that you don't get the kanji if it is outside the "approved" list - despite several hundred characters being in heavy use that are not on that list. So you are not getting the full picture. Maybe if you get to the huge one-two volume dictionaries the information is present, but I am not familiar with those.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A sanity saver 18 Mar 2013
By Robert - Published on Amazon.com
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A review of the 2013 publication. It modestly calls itself "a basic vocab of 14,000 of the most common English words". That's a tad more than a basic vocab, plus it has a lot of useful, `real life' examples of the use of some words in Japanese. Certainly, as another reviewer has mentioned, the vocab is not exhaustive, but I'm sure that's a trade-off to keep the book to a portable size. There is no `romaji', so you need to know hiragana and katakana.

I used to waste a LOT of time looking up Japanese words in the vocab lists of Japanese grammar books, so this dictionary is definitely a 'sanity saver'.

The well-spaced text is set in a clear typeface. Yes, the `furigana' IS tiny, so unless you have exceptional eyesight, you will probably need to use a magnifier to read them; however, I regard this as a minor disadvantage, as you save a lot of time, and you learn a lot of kanji along the way.
The soft-cover edition is light in weight, and easily carried in a bag or handbag. Excellent value, and indispensable for any serious student.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great dictionary for beg to intermediate 15 Oct 2009
By Chines - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this dictionary tons! The main selling point is the example sentences. Often, just the definition isn't enough...which is why i purchased both eng to jap and the jap to eng versions of this dictionary to replace my older one. Again, not super useful for advanced japanese, but always a good resource.
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