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Kodansha's Furigana Japanese Dictionary: Japanese-English English-Japanese [Hardcover]

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A comprehensive, communicative, and practical guide to using Japanese, Kodansha's Furigana Japanese Dictionary is an invaluable tool for anyone with an interest in the Japanese language. It has been edited with the needs of English-speaking users in mind, whether students, teachers, business people, or casual linguists, and special care has been taken at each stage of its compilation including the selection of entry words and their equivalents, the wording of the detailed explanations of Japanese words, the choice of example sentences, and even its functional page design to maximize its usefulness.
What is furigana and why is it so important?
Furigana refers to the small kana that are printed above or alongside kanji to show their pronunciation. With furigana superscripts, the beginner who is familiar with hiragana and katakana is able to read even the most difficult and obscure kanji at a glance. Other dictionaries either provide little or no guide to kanji readings or romanize some or all of the Japanese words and sentences. In the past, romanized dictionaries were of some value to students using textbooks that contained no Japanese script. Now, however, an increasing number of influential curricula around the world are based on a rationale and methodology that demands the introduction of hiragana and katakana from the earliest stages. Learners and their teachers using such curricula will inevitably feel more comfortable with a dictionary such as Kodansha s Furigana Japanese Dictionary, one that shows the pronunciation of kanji with a familiar and authentic kana script.
Combining Kodansha's Furigana Japanese-English Dictionary (1995) and Kodansha's Furigana English-Japanese Dictionary (1996) in one portable. affordable, and user-friendly volume, this dictionary has the following unique features:
o A basic vocabulary of 30,000 entries covers the most frequently used English and Japanese words
o Special treatment has been given to hundreds of words, names, and phrases of special relevance to English-speaking students of Japanese
o Semantic and usage differences between Japanese words and expressions are explained in clear English
o Thousands of example sentences and phrases illustrate how Japanese words are used in context
o Special information is provided on verb conjugations, formality, and other aspects of Japanese grammar and usage

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Item Specifications...

Pages   1285
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 2.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 8"
Weight:   2.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 1999
Publisher   Kodansha International
ISBN  4770024800  
ISBN13  9784770024800  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! THE ASSOCIATION FOR JAPANESE-LANGUATE TEACHING (AJALT) has been recognized as a nonprofit organization by the Ministry of Education since 1997. It was established to meet the practical needs of people who are not necessarily specialists on Japan but who wish to communicate effectively in Japanese.
In 1992 the Association was awarded the Japan Foundation Special Prize.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Kodansha's Furigana Japanese Dictionary: Japanese-English English-Japanese?

A Complete Furigana Dictionary  Mar 8, 2008
I recently purchase this dictionary, and to be honest it is a great help, it has the furigana characters and also the kanji version of the same word, plus of course a well detailed meaning in both japanese and english, it is absolutely a wonderful dictionary, I was really pleased with the purchase
Best English-Japanese Dictionary  Feb 16, 2008
Here are the great things about this dictionary:

1. The Japanese words are written and sorted in hiragana, which will help you become familiar with hiragana.

2. The kanji is displayed, WITH yomigana (VERY helpful).

3. Nearly every definition has a useful example sentence, which will help you understand the connotations, not just the denotations, of the word.

4. There is an appendix in the back that contains extremely useful grammatical information.
I worn out my first copy of this dictionary during my 15 months as a Japanese Language student in Tokyo because I even used it when I went shopping. And I just bought a second. This may be the best Japanese-English English-Japanese Dictionary for beginning to intermediate students of Japanese (including the popular and far more expensive denki jisho), and actually, because of it's functional design, it works great with any of the few really good textbooks of Japanese you'll find. The price might be a little bit high, but in my country you won't find a Japanese language dictionary for less than 60 dls, so, as far as I'm concerned, I just purchased the best option for half the price.
It's definitely the most practical book I've bought from Kodansha.
Essential   Nov 30, 2007
I can only second the previous reviews. This is the best EJ/JE dictionary I have seen.
very helpful  Nov 18, 2007
I bought this dictionary because I wanted to study japanese and I was looking for a valuable tool. I have been studying japanese for a few months now and I find this dictionary an indispensible item in assisting me on countless occasions. The overall quality of this dictionary is just great; many japanese entries are clearly explained and the presence of conjugation and counter appendices are very helpful as well. I find this dictionary a very worthy investment!

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