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Oxford Beginner's Japanese Dictionary [Paperback]

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7 Sep 2006 0199298521 978-0199298525 Bilingual
The Oxford Beginner's Japanese Dictionary is an innovative guide to learning Japanese. Designed specifically for English-speaking adult learners who are either learning from scratch or refreshing lost language skills, it offers an easy to use dictionary, extra help with vocabulary, and essential information on living and interacting in the Japanese-speaking world.

The dictionary is exceptionally easy to use, because it moves away from the traditional dictionary layout. All main translations are preceded by an equals sign so that they are instantly identifiable, and all parts of the entry are spelt out in full, avoiding confusing jargon and abbreviations. Grammar and usage notes throughout the text warn of possible translation pitfalls, and thousands of example phrases show how the language is used in context.

The 30-page Learning and Lifestyle kit gives key information on both the Japanese language, with a list of the words you really need to know, grammar help, and verb tables, and on life in the Japanese-speaking world: background information on lifestyle and culture, tips on etiquette and interaction in the language, and a phrasefinder for use when travelling.

The Oxford Beginner's Japanese Dictionary is your essential companion to learning Japanese.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Bilingual edition (7 Sep 2006)
  • Language: Japanese
  • ISBN-10: 0199298521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199298525
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first great japanese dictionary 25 Jun 2008
Ok, let me start by saying this little gem has helped me out so many times when trying to think of a word. It's not just a dictionary but there is a whole middle section on grammar which is great for brushing up on you wa's and ga's.

I can also see some people have been disappointed with the fact that it's all written in hiragana/katakana, this is actually more beneficial to those wanting to get proficient with reading and writing in real japanese script, and i think it serves as more of an encouragement to go and learn the first two basic scripts. Believe me, anyone thats learned them will tell you once you have them down pat, (within about a month and half i learned mine)
you will find reading japanese so much more rewarding, and also your a lot less likely to make pronunciation mistakes.
Sometimes i still have to pinch myself to realise that holy Sh*t im reading japanese. Trust me, go and learn them, you'll love it.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best dictionary I've found so far 28 Sep 2008
Oxford beginner's Japanese dictionary is pretty good on the whole for the aspiring student of Japanese, but is by no means perfect.

On the plus side, all of the Japanese is in kana (you *need* to know kana if you ever want to learn the language properly), and the most useful/common kanji are given next to each translation. The selection of words matches the needs of a beginner well, meaning that you don't have to trawl through endless pages of useless vocabulary to find what you want. There are also grammatical examples to accompany some of the translations; however, some of these are quite advanced, and since a literal translation is not provided they aren't quite as useful as they could be.

There is a useful grammar section in the middle, which contains tables of verb and adjective conjugations, as well as pages of references for family names, dates etc. However, no explanation is given to what the different verb forms actually mean/do - what exactly does causative passive mean, and how is it used in Japanese? The reference tables for verbs that I'd covered already in my studies were useful however, but clearly the grammar section is intended as a supplement rather than a tutor in it's own right (for wonderful, clear explanations of all Japanese grammar see 'Japanese the Manga Way' by Wayne Lammers). Furthermore, at the back there's an extensive phrasefinder. If you're just want to use it as a phrasebook for (say) a holiday to Japan, I suggest you look elsewhere - as with the rest of the book, no romaji are on offer. If you're actually learning the language though, they serve as a useful reference point.

Some of the translations provided are quite ambiguous - for example, 'ginkou' is listed simply as 'bank (n)'.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
I was recommended this book, the Oxford Beginner's Japanese Dictionary, by Amazon as I bought the Oxford Starter Japanese Dictionary. The press release for this book says it's a 'New and fresh approach for first-time learners'. However, when I received the book, it's not new at all, page for page in every way it's the same book as the old one. so, if you have that book already, don't get this or you'll be disappointed. If you don't, then it is still a brilliant, user friendly dictionary that is indespensible for the beginning learner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect For The Serious Beginner 23 July 2009
By MrJohn
I bought this book as an aid to my learning Japanese and I've not been disapointed.

A lot of reviews have said how this is not for the beginner as it does not contain any romaji - to those I would say that if you're serious about learning Japanese don't even start if you don't have hiragana and katakana under your belt, it's pointless as you'll constantly be checking both what a word is and what it means, rather than just the meaning.

Anyway, on to the dictionary...

The book is split into several sections, most notable are the Kana->English and grammer sections, which are very well presented and easy to use; one thing which does take a while to get used to is the order in which the Kana is in the dictionary, but you soon get over that.

The English->Kana section is a nice addition but due to the way the language works finding exactly what you want can be difficult, it does however suggest other meanings for you.

I would reccomend this dictionary to anyone seriously learning the Japanese language.

If you're only going to learn it with romanji you'll get nothing out of either this book or the wonderful language itself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Larger dictionary may be of more use to some. 29 Jun 2014
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I started learning Japanese about a year ago. Such a strange language to me but I'm loving it. This dictionary isn't the fullest dictionary, and there are some words that I required that weren't in there that seemed a bit basic. But it's handy and great for travel, it's easy to follow through and I have no issues with it. I sometimes just sit there flicking through pages and pronouncing words as part of learning to read Japanese.

If you're a beginner, this Dictionary is perfect. I may update my review in 2 years and tell you if it's excellent for pro's too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful! 24 April 2014
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Not only the dictionary is clear, but the extra informations about grammar and uses are perfect! Warning: one must already know how to read katakana and hiragana to use it, and the research is every time a sort of good exercise. I couldn't go on studying without it!
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Published 2 months ago by Jonathan D Cutting
This has come in very useful for me whilst talking to Japanese friends on the internet! Great to just flick through and find the word you need! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Matthew Mcclymont
5.0 out of 5 stars great help
Bought it for my son who's doing Japanese for the second year. Easy to use dictionnary, good forbeginners. Prompt delivery.
Published 7 months ago by veronique
3.0 out of 5 stars It's alright
So, obviously I self-study japanese using various books and methods.
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There is no romaji - great for practicing your Japanese reading skills if you use this dictionary a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by samiX4
4.0 out of 5 stars Great beginner to intermediate resource
If you have a grounding in hiragana and katagana, then this is the best beginner to intermediate dictionary I have found so far. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Miss J Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Oxford Beginner's Japanese Dictionary
I think that this dictionary is amazing, it's simple, easy to understand and easy to use and has become my best friend as i'm studying for my JLPT exam
Published 14 months ago by Stephanie Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference!
Highly recommend this to anyone looking to study the language! Easy to use and a good price too! My daughter uses a similar one for her Chinese.
Published 16 months ago by Liggster
3.0 out of 5 stars Good beginner's dictionary
I gave 3/5 because it was thinner than i had thought (about a fifth thinner than the Berlitz Korean Concise dictionary i also bought) and i actually had trouble finding a few words... Read more
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