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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (23 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198601972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198601975
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 596,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 May 2004
Format: Paperback
this book is excellent. nihongo wa daisuki desu! (i love japanese). I would never have got anywhere without this dictionary! my copy is falling apart as i carry it everywhere. it is very useful for people who do japanese at school or people who just find japanese facinating and want to teach themselves. i would highly reccomend this book!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jose Antunez Romero on 4 Jun. 2002
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A very useful for beginners in this difficult but beautiful language. Very easy to use and with all the information you need about the words, including kanji.
Okay, no romanji. But you are here supossedly to learning Japanese, aren't you?
So, do it! I made my own kanas flashcards (there are many web pages to print them from) and only took me 10 days to master them. Believe me, the less you use romanji the better.
This dictionary will be your best tool while studying Japanese and will help you to enjoy it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By lukesven@hotmail.com on 8 April 2002
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I am a total beginner in Japanese. I bought this dictionnary a couple of week after my first class, and with the help of my hiragana chart I was able to find words easily. It really made me feel good. I really believe that this dictionnary was aimed to total beginners. The words are in japanese on one side and translated to english and vice versa.
An exellent tool for someone who is really keen on learning this language!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jan. 2005
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At last a dictionary that suits ME! I have been studying Japanese for 2 years and more and can read kana and a few kanji and this is just what I need to get active and do stuff with the language. It was suggested by a friend who studies with the guy who wrote it and who thought I could use it. The nice thing is that it lets you be creative and has a lot of useful information on grammar and a brilliant chart of word endings which allows you to decode things you haven't seen before into something that you can look up. It's not a full grammar (the same guy has written a more 'hardcore' one) but gives enough to do creative writing and homework and decode email from friends.
You won't regret buying this one!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BOUFFIN Alexandre on 12 Nov. 2001
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Being fully hiragana-oriented, this dictionnary is perfect to quickly get into learning vocabulary as well as the essential hiragana. It also gives the Kanji when appropriate (even if learning Kanji is not the point of this dictionnary). It contains clear grammatical and cultural hints when necessary and the center pages contain useful information on usage notes (counters, date, polite forms, verbs, particles). It is clear and concise.
It has become a valuable tool to learn japanese that i get at hand all the time i'm studying.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Dec. 2005
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This book has been brilliant in helping me get to grips with Japanese. Yes, the Japanese is not written in romaji, but this pushed me into reading everything in kana, and within a couple of months of using it, i could read/write kana effortlessly!!
It's a great beginner-intermediate book, clear kana, and also has some grammar in the middle.
its not big enough to weigh you down when carrying it.
defintely one to buy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Scott on 14 Feb. 2006
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I cannot praise this dictionary highly enough - you'd be very hard-pressed to find a dictionary more tailored to the requirements of the beginner.
The typeface used throughout the book is extremely clean and clear, making the book very attractive and easy to read. Headwords are printed in blue, with definitions and examples in black. Japanese words are written only in Japanese characters - this may add a further level of complexity at first but greatly accelerates the learning process in the long run. All entries are written in kana first and then, if appropriate, in kanji. This alone makes it easy to spot roots and grammatical endings that might not be apparent if kana alone were used. The book offers plenty of examples of correct usage, particularly polite usage. The vocabulary is extensive and extremely relevant, including the sort of words you'd probably want to use when talking to Japanese friends but which don't appear in many dictionaries (World Cup, driving licence, mobile phone...). The book also includes an extremely thorough and useful Usage Guide, including tables of verb forms and guidance on polite forms and respect language. Finally, the book is small enough to fit comfortably into your briefcase or carry-on luggage.
This is a great little book at an amazing price. I can't imagine how I ever managed without it. If you're just starting out learning Japanese, get it!
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