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Kodansha's Romanized Japanese-English Dictionary (Japanese for Busy People) Paperback – 29 Oct 2001

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  • Paperback: 666 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd; New edition edition (29 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: Japanese
  • ISBN-10: 4770027532
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770027535
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 2.8 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 828,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jan. 1999
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 Mar. 2010
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This is a very well done dictionary for (relative) beginners. There are useful example sentences for a great many items and careful explanations where words don't neatly overlap with English meanings (as so often.)

The only drawback is that the total vocabulary covered is relatively limited; even in fairly simple reading or conversation you fairly often come across words that aren't to be found here. If there were an equally good dictionary with a larger coverage it would be pretty much perfect. But what it does cover, it covers much better than most foreign-language dictionaries do. Sooner or later you'll need a bigger dictionary, but you will not want to throw this one away even then.

There is, incidentally, one way in which this Romaji version is more complete than the furigana version - it marks word accents. Admittedly not many foreigners bother with this, though.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Thorough, Handy, Durable 26 Sept. 2001
By Thomas F. Ogara - Published on
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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Accent included in this excellent dictionary 23 Nov. 2008
By Eric Justice - Published on
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Terrific study aid 7 Dec. 2011
By Remo Williams - Published on
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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!
This dictionary is the BEST! 22 July 2012
By Janet Prentice - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am SO impressed with this dictionary!

It lists Japanese words in romaji, then gives the meaning in both English and Japanese characters. Then it gives examples, as sentences or phrases (often multiple examples), written in romaji, English and Japanese characters. The examples are brilliant for building your understanding of sentence structure, grammar and useful expressions.

You also get antonyms and various explanatory notes, and the romaji words are marked to indicate pronounciation.

As an aside, the paper that my copy of the dictionary is printed on feels beautiful to the touch--it's high quality. I really have nothing but praise for every aspect of this dictionary!

My only regret is that there isn't a reverse version (English to Japanese).
One Of The Very Best (If Not The Best)! 16 Feb. 2014
By William F. Flanigan Jr. - Published on
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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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