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The Kodansha Kanji Learners Dictionary (Japanese for Busy People) [Paperback]

By Jack Halpern (Editor)
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The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary answers the urgent need for an easy-to-use kanji dictionary compact enough to be easily carried around, yet detailed enough to satisfy the practical needs of the beginning and intermediate learner.
Its basic goal is to give the learner a thorough understanding of kanji by providing instant access to a wealth of useful information on the meanings, readings, and compounds. Normally, the learner must memorize numerous compounds as unrelated units. A unique feature of this dictionary that overcomes this difficulty is the core meaning, a concise keyword that defines the dominant sense of each character, followed by detailed character meanings and numerous compounds that clearly show how thousands of building blocks are combined to form countless compound words.
Another unique feature is the System of Kanji Indexing by Patterns (SKIP), an indexing system that enables the user to locate characters as quickly and as accurately as in alphabetical dictionaries.
Modern linguistic theory has been effectively integrated with sophisticated information technology to produce the most useful kanji learner's dictionary ever compiled. For the first time, learners have at their fingertips a wealth of information that is linguistically accurate, easy to use, and carefully adapted to their practical needs.
o 2,230 entry characters, including all the kanji in the Joyo and Jinmei Kanji lists
o 41,000 senses for 31,300 words and word elements show how each character contributes to the meanings of compounds
o 1,200 homophones with core meanings explain differences between closely related characters
o 386 variant forms used in prewar literature and in names
o 1,945 stroke order diagrams show you how to write each kanji stroke by stroke
o 7,200 character readings, including name readings
o Over 2,000 cross-references and five appendixes give instant access to a mass of useful reference data

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Item Specifications...

Pages   1008
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 7"
Weight:   1.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2002
Publisher   Kodansha International
ISBN  4770028555  
ISBN13  9784770028556  

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My favorite Kanji DIctionary  Jul 22, 2008
I went through several of these Dictionary's to find the right one. This one was finally the answer to my needs. The system they use for looking up Kanji's is very good and easy to use, once you get used to it. It is also very useful for showing you how to actually write the Kanji's and I find myself utilizing it for this purpose more and more.

I use this Kanji dictionary in conjunction with the Random House Japanese-English dictionary for nouns and verbs.

I would also suggest the White Rabbit Press Kanji Flashcards if you are working on memorizing Kanji.
Great Reference Book  Jun 10, 2008
Easy to use, very good reference book. I'm still learning Kanji and I am already able to use for references and studies.

Recommend to those who are a little familliar to japanese and kanjis.
Great Tool to use  Feb 25, 2008
I was amazed to see all the great tools this dictionary has and a great way to start in the world of Kanji, eventhough I think a person that knows a lot can still use it as a great tool
BUY THIS BOOK!  Nov 29, 2007
My reason:
I am a novice at the Japanese language, but the SKIP system in this book allows me -- who had never before used any Kanji dictionary -- to find Kanji in mere seconds, accurately every time.

My story:
I visited Japan for the first time in my life last week. I had been studying elementary Japanese in college for just one semester and am proficient at reading and writing hirigana and katakana, with a very rudimentary spoken vocabulary. I actually thought this would be enough for a short trip to Japan. I COULDN'T HAVE BEEN MORE MISTAKEN! I didn't have a Japanese-speaking friend to help me or show me around. I had no tour. It was just me and my wife facing Japan on our own.

Kanji was EVERYWHERE and I was forced to realize on the first day that I wasn't going to get anywhere or even order food well without a Kanji dictionary. I went to the nearest department store (TOBU in Ikebukuro, very near to where I was staying) and found the book store. After quite a lot of slowly walking around, I found the Japanese-English reference section and very carefully checked each of the Kanji dictionaries. All but this one referred to radicals or stroke counts, which I didn't know anything about. I tried to experiment with different dictionaries to find nearby Kanji samples, and found the process slow and very error-prone (in fact, I couldn't even find most of the Kanji that I tried to locate).

It was the front inside cover and the easily-understood SKIP system that made me decide to buy this book over all others. I knew nothing about radicals, but I could count strokes. I experimented with the book right where I was standing -- after all, I was surrounded by Kanji. I very quickly realized that the SKIP system was THE BEST POSSIBLE SOLUTION for someone who knew NOTHING about Kanji. I could tell that SKIP was far superior to the radical/stroke-count systems in the other dictionaries for a beginner like me.

With understanding Kanji being a make-or-break issue for our trip to Japan, THIS BOOK SAVED US! While I was somewhat slow to use it at first, SKIP is very easy to learn and by the third day, I could find any Kanji that I faced in mere seconds. For the rest of the trip, this book was always in my hands. By the end of the trip, I was even recognizing often-used Kanji without having to look them up at all!

I will be studying more Japanese language in college and I can tell that this book will always be with me as I do so.
It is what it is  Nov 2, 2007
I was surprised how easy it was to look up words. Probably not reasonable to read anything of any length. It is a dictionary, what is to be said about it? It is what it is.

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