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on 3 October 2012
Beware what the reviewer Florence says about eligibility for exams (read on to find out why).

FORMAT
It's a pocket dictionary - however, it might not fit in ALL pockets because it's quite a fat little dictionary. The cover made of 'bendy plastic', which means it won't dog-ear and you can also wipe it clean - excellent!

USAGE
The Japanese is all in kana (hiragana or katakana, as appropriate), which is far better for increasing one's fluency in the Japanese script - and this is needed as you get past a very basic level of learning. Nevertheless, it's a learner's dictionary: a cursory scan through it reveals what seems to be a smaller vocabulary set than you might expect for a dictionary, even of this size. It's not a criticism - just that this will not be the dictionary for you if you're studying at university level.

EXTRAS
Okay, referring to the point Florence (the other reviewer) makes about using it in an exam. I honestly doubt you can use this dictionary in an exam. Why? Right in the middle of the dictionary, there's a section of about 30 pages which is a phrasebook - all of it is in Japanese characters (as well as in English), so I can't see invigilators allowing such a dictionary into an exam. Check first, as you wouldn't want to be disappointed - i.e. not being allowed it at all, which would severely cripple you in an exam.

OVERALL
It's hard not to offer this dictionary 5 stars. For a beginner/intermediate learner (I'd say up to and including A.Level standard), I'd say it's hard to beat. It's a small dictionary, so you can take it anywhere with you. I know it's possible to get dictionaries on your iPad/netbook/laptop these days, but a paper dictionary does not require batteries, and has no 'boot-up time'.
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on 15 June 2012
This dictionary was purchased for a school library. It is useful as a dictionary for English learners of Japanese and Japanese learners of English. It can be used in the exam situation as it doesn't have extra sections that would make it ineligible for use in public exams in the UK.
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on 2 October 2013
I bought it because it is written in Hiragana not romaji. This dictionary is really helpful for people who are beginning to learn Japanese. It helps you get familiar with hiragana.
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on 18 September 2013
Japanese mini dictionary is a smaller version of the same product. A lot of information, clearly described. I'm happy with it. Another good dictionary from Oxford.
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VINE VOICEon 4 November 2014
The key to any dictionary is how useful are the entries? This dictionary has a rather poor choice of entries. When I went to Japan I brought this dictionary with me. When searching for directions to a shrine, I checked and realised there is no entry for 'shrine' and no entry for 'temple'. There are however entries for words like 'hippopotamus' and 'Belgium', neither of which strike me as anything like as useful for travellers to Japan as shrine or temple. In addition, all entries are written in hiragana/katakana, which is only useful if your Japanese is of a reasonable standard. If it isn't, you won't find this particularly useful.
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on 13 January 2013
Just what it says on the tin, If you are studying Japanesde you will find this dictionary really helpful. Very handy size too.
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on 21 May 2015
Cheap paper, tiny print. Better to pay a bit more and get a proper dictionary.
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on 14 December 2015
It is very good dictionary and came within two days.
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on 24 February 2016
Good size for my bag and light
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on 28 May 2015
Great and pocket size!
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