Item description for The Oxford Japanese Minidictionary by Gillian Hall...
The ideal reference for any student or general learner of Japanese, this dictionary is now in a handy, portable format for people on-the-go or for those traveling to a Japanese-speaking country. With thousands of words, phrases, and translations, this volume includes all the vocabulary you need for the first years of study. It includes thousands of example phrases drawn from real-life situations that help illustrate how translations are really used. It also includes a useful guide on how to write Japanese characters, and Japanese script is used throughout. Finally, this dictionary provides full guidance on the pronunciation and use of Japanese words, such as common te and masu forms of verbs as well as plain and polite forms that are compared and contrasted. Beginning with a helpful introduction to the Japanese language, this work is specially designed for the English speaker learning Japanese, whether in your first year of study or merely in need of a refresher.
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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 4.57" Width: 3.31" Height: 1.26" Weight: 0.49 lbs.
Release Date Jun 28, 2001
Publisher Oxford University Press
ISBN 0198603665 ISBN13 9780198603665
Reviews - What do customers think about The Oxford Japanese Minidictionary?
love it Mar 7, 2007
Though there are dictionaries with more words, this dictionary does have alot and its tiny. Its a great referance for anyone (beginner or advanced) due to its portable size and the fact that its pronunciation is written in kana's, not romanji. I highly recommend this dictionary.
Super handy Apr 20, 2004
I am nearing the end of my second year in college Japanese, and I think that for any beginner in Japanese, this dictonary is a must have. It's not a be-all end all source, but it fits perfectly in the front pocket of my backpack, and the Japanese is in kana, which I feel has helped me learn the hiragana and katakana more than a romanji dictionary would. It also has good example sentances, which have helped me on countless occations. It's only draw backs are of course the limitations concerning vocabulary, you're not going to get every word ever spoken in Japanese. Still, I haven't found a more useful dictonary for Japanese
Perfect for beginners Apr 17, 2004
Firstly this dictionary doesn't contain Romanji. Which is vital as this will encourage you to learn the kana which should take about 4 days using flash cards. Secondly kanji is shown for many of the words and the sample sentences are well chosen. Together with its portability and concise nature this is an excellent starter dictionary. Buy this together with a Kanji dictionary so you can look up the complex kanji characters.
A handy, kana-heavy pocket dictionary Feb 11, 2003
When you are serious about Japanese, you should buy an electronic dictionary. There is no substitute for technology when it comes to number of words, convenience and portability. Of course, good electronic dictionaries are very expensive and quite a commitment.
This little fellow is a handy, portable Japanese-English/ English-Japanese dictionary, good for both studying and having around town when you need to look up a word. Because of its portability, it packs a small punch in terms of number of words, and will not be as useful as a larger desk reference.
On the good side, the dictionary makes good use of kana and does not present words in romajii. Learning the kana is essential to learning Japanese, and using this dictionary will increase your reading speed.
A nice, compact reference to carry around, or take to a coffee shop for study. If you are just starting out with Japanese, this dictionary will be a good helper.
Not enough words, but what it does have is great! Aug 29, 2001
This is the third Japanese<->English dictionary I've bought, since all of them seem to lack too many words so other sources are needed. Unlike the other two I have, the Japanese section of this dictionary is NOT in roomaji, but in hiragana and katakana. At first I thought this was annoying since I was so used to reading the romanized words, but now I'm thankful. Roomaji really isn't used in Japan, so if your learning is based on seeing those romanized words, you'll be at a disadvantage later. To help you learn the hiragana and katakana, there are nice charts in the back with the original Japanese characters and their romanized sounds/letters. There are also charts in the back of the book about different verb endings, and charts in the front of the book on how to change the ending of a word you find into the dictionary form so you can look it up. This dictionary is very small (it fits in my hand with room to spare!) so it should work great for travelling. However, the smallness has a downside, since there are fewer words than other Japanese dictionaries, which can really make you pull your hair out when you have three Japanese dictionaries and countless textbooks and other books on Japanese, and not a single one has the word you're looking for. This dictionary is also both good and bad when it comes to listing and explaining the multiple meanings of certain words. I found uses of words that were not listed in my other dictionaries, though I also found new meanings that were very helpful. For example, one meaning it gives the Japanese word "demo" is: "When following words used to form questions such as 'who?', 'where?' and 'what?' it gives the meaning 'any...'." Despite this piece of information that I had not learned about earlier, the dictionary says nothing about "demo" also meaning "but/however"! (Which is probably the most well-known use for "demo") Despite that downside, the dictionary has many useful example sentences, and like I said before, everything that's Japanese is written in its original form. In addition, besides having the hiragana and katakana of Japanese words, it also has the kanji when there is one for that word. All in all, this is a pretty good dictionary, but if you're trying to seriously learn Japanese, you're going to need more dictionaries than just this one.