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on 7 February 2014
So, obviously I self-study japanese using various books and methods.
And typically, sometimes there were times that there was a certain word with poor explanation and for that I needed to look it up.
I always prefer physical books, I dont like looking things up on the computer dictionary-wise. Also because it can be distracting when trying to study, 'quickly check this, lets check my emails as well', and before you know it you've been wasting time on the computer.
So, a dictionary was the best thing to go for in my case. Now, I would rate it 3.5, but unfortunately I cant do that and it's not worth 4 stars.
I think the dictionary is great, has great explanations and the fact that it's hiragana/katakana is very useful to practice reading on the spot, it also simply makes much more sense that way.
The problem is that there are just so many words I cant find in it, commonly used words. The english > japanese side of the book is also thicker than the japanese > english side of the book. Meaning both sections of the book have different words. So half of the time I still have to get on my computer to find the meaning of a word.
Second problem for me is that the front and the back of the dictionary is very poor quality, The front and back is double layered paper but they're being seperated, both the back and the front. As if they just glued two alligned pieces of paper together, so to speak.
I've barely used it thus far and is about 2 weeks old, I take extremely good care of my things because I very much do value them, and yet it's breaking down so to say. You can always see that a book is used, but to think it cant maintain somewhat of a condition whatsoever is disappointing to me.
I would recommend this if you already have a different dictionary and need better explanations and versions of certain words, but not as a single and only dictionary.