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Kodanshas Essential Kanji Dictionary (Japanese for Busy People) [Paperback]

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Whether full-time students, business people, or casual readers, all have felt the need for a compact, up-to-date, practical kanji dictionary. Something that would fit into a shoulder bag or briefcase, could be taken to class, or would sit unobtrusively on a desktop.
Kodansha's Essential Kanji Dictionary is precisely that dictionary, designed specifically to meet the needs of the modern man and woman. It includes all of the 1,945 Joyo Kanji, the core kanji recommended by the Japanese Ministry of Education for use in Japanese newspapers and magazines. Knowing these kanji, the student can recognize virtually every Chinese character appearing in the daily press.
And that is not all. This dictionary also features some 18,000 kanji compounds, both those with Chinese readings (on-yomi) and those with Japanese readings (kun-yomi). These compounds have been carefully selected for practicality, usefulness, and timeliness. The living language has received exclusive priority, including such words as "favoritism," and "statute of limitations."
For those interested in securities, stocks and bonds, and the diverse terminology of the business world, related terms and jargon are clearly marked for easy reference. Simply open the book and look for the Yen sign. There you will find "current price," "aggregate market value," "issue at market price," and a great deal more.
For those who want to write kanji, the stroke order of each and every character has been duly noted. But more important, the Essential Kanji Dictionary does its utmost to help the reader locate the needed character. Aside from the traditional radical chart on the back endpaper, there are three invaluable indices as well. The first is by the reading of the kanji, either Japanese (kun) or Chinese (on). The second is by radical, but not by traditional radical alone. Also included are variants and near-misses, directing the reader precisely to the right page. The third is by stroke number-if all else fails, count the strokes and track the character down.
With a copy of Kodansha's Essential Kanji Dictionary close at hand-with its definitions, stroke order, Chinese compounds, Japanese compounds, business terminology, and three helpful indices - the life of the typical student of Japanese should take a decided turn for the better.
o 1,945 Essential (Joyo) Kanji
o 18,000 Common Compounds
o 2,000 Practical Business Terms
o Three Indices for Finding Kanji
o Compact for Handy Reference
o Functional, Up-to-Date, Timely

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Item Specifications...

Pages   928
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   1.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 16, 2002
Publisher   Kodansha International
ISBN  4770028911  
ISBN13  9784770028914  

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Reviews - What do customers think about Kodanshas Essential Kanji Dictionary (Japanese for Busy People)?

confusing order of compounds  Jan 12, 2008
What on earth is the system for ordering compounds?? Take the first character in the dictionary - ichi (one). It has four pages of compounds under the on reading, listed helter skelter. In Nelson, the compounds are listed in ascending stroke order of the second character in the compound. There is apparently no system at all in Kodansha and you are left to pore laboriously through four pages of compounds, one by one. Makes no sense.
No Complaints  Oct 4, 2007
Perfect book. Everything I look up is in here and then some. I have absolutely no complaints. This book has helped me tremendously in my studying.

All the nearly 2000 kanji are arranged by radical and then by number of strokes in the radical. There is a stroke index and on and kun reading index in the back. As well as a stroke index for the radicals. However, you will need to learn kana, because there is no romaji, but kana are very easy to learn and you can find a chart anywhere and learn them in 2-3 weeks easily.

Beginning through advanced readers will find this astronomically helpful, especially those with a focus on becoming literate.
Missing Several Kanji  Sep 1, 2007
This is a very well designed layout and dictionary. It has a lot of kanji too, but the only problem is it is missing a few.
Quick Way to Locate Kanji Characters  Jan 20, 2007
This dictionary focuses on the Radical method, which is the traditional method in Japan. You can locate a Kanji character by referring to 1) a table which classifies the characters according to the number of strokes of the radical, 2) the ON (Chinese reading), or KUN (Japanese reading) of the character, 3) according to the number of strokes of the Kanji character, or 4) by referring to a radical chart in the back cover of the book. I personally prefer to use the radical chart, which is the traditional method and it will help me to use Japanese-Japanese dictionaries in the future. Other than that it is more fun and rewarding than the other methods, like the SKIP. However, you can still go to the other tables if you are in a hurry. The content for the characters is right to the point and not cluttered with unnecessary information, like different classifications, and character numbers. The stroke is also presented more clearly than other dictionaries, and the explanation is given in an orderly manner.
Horrible  Sep 26, 2006
Difficult to read, minimum of information, and no sample usage. Only an english definition and a kana pronounciation to go with each word. This is my least favorite Kanji dictionary.

Instead, check out the Kodansha's Kanji Learner's Dictionary (ISBN 4-7700-2855-5) which is easy to read, with great explanations, wonderful lookup systems, and demonstrates the kanji as used in REAL words. Each kanji has meaning, but are rarely used by themselves in Japanese. Instead, this dictionary gives you a handful of words in which each kanji appears, a definition, and an example sentence or phrase.

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