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  • Mass Market Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc. (1 Sep 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034540548X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345405487
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.9 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 503,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By murasaki-no-kaze on 8 Sep 2003
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I have seen several romanised dictionaries since I began to learn this language and I must say that this is the best one I have come across so far.
With over 50,000 entries, this book should cover most words that a beginner or intermediate learner will encounter.
As a beginner in Japanese, I have found the romanised Japanese very helpful. But even better, as I am beginning to learn to read the Japanese characters, the Kanji included next to each translation makes this book even more useful at the next level.
It even contains a Romanji/Hiragana/Katakana syllable chart at the start as a handy reference for all level of learners.
I would recommend this book to any beginner who has yet to find a decent dictionary and to intermediate learners who are looking for extra resource material.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Radley on 26 April 2004
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well this book has everything i need to know in order to look up phrasesand find out certain words if needed. The kanji characters are also veryuseful as i recently started drawing manga and find it useful to drawjapanese characters on the background signs.
It also tells you how the word is spelt in english and so you can practicepronuncing it. With over 5,000 entries i recommend this book for anyonewanting to learn some basic japanese. I will also be taking this book wheni plan my visit for Japan ^_^
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Printul Noptilor on 6 Mar 2010
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I wanted a Romaji-based two-way dictionary. I browsed through several at a bookshop in Japan and this one looked the best. It contained no obscene words, but neither did the others, so I bought this one anyway.

The book is supposed to have 50 000 entries and contains a brief grammar and kana tables. Occasionally, you can't make out all the strokes of a Kanji due to small print, but these are very few. Almost all are clearly readable.

I am quite a beginner in Japanese, but for my my purposes, this book is perfectly fine.
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I love this dictionary, mainly for the fact that it allows you to search for words phonetically, and also gives you an incredibly useful translation in romaji - the main reason to buy the dictionary.

Once I finally get around to memorising Hiragana, then this dictionary will fall out of use, as I will not need the romanisation - but until then, its a winner.

The dictionary contains some very useful pronunciation guides, notes on accent, and some brief information regarding the kana scripts and Kanji, for those of you completely new to the language.

It is reasonably upto date, and has been one of my most useful purchases so far in Japan! Highly recommended for beginners of Japanese.
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