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Kodansha's Communicative English-Japanese Dictionary [Hardcover]

By Peter Sharpe, Michael Staley (Editor) & Keiko Yoshida (Editor)
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Long awaited, Kodansha's Communicative English-Japanese Dictionary is the result of 15 years of research and development. With over 22,000 entries and 19,000 example sentences and phrases, it is by far the most comprehensive and practical dictionary of its kind. Within the pages of this book are most of the words needed for ordinary and even sophisticated conversation. That is because great care has gone into the selection of the entry words and their meanings. This dictionary contains not only high-frequency English words with full Japanese equivalents, but also a number of technical terms, buzz words, and vocabulary related to Japanese culture. It also presents a large number of interjections, idioms, and phrasal verbsthe words/phrases at the very heart of the English language. More importantly, The Communicative strives to present only natural Japanese equivalents. The Japanese language in it, therefore, ranges from colloquial to formal, masculine to feminine, and humble to polite. Most of the equivalents are readily usable in everyday speech, making the book extremely useful as a tool for conversation. This dictionary also features furigana superscript. Furigana is the small script that appears above the kanji characters, indicating their pronunciation. Furigana is made up of hiragana, the basic Japanese syllabary, which most people learn in the first two weeks of studying Japanese. Thus, anyone who can read hiragana can use this book even if they do not know a single kanji character. Also included are 27 illustrations of items with parts labeled, a map of Japan, special entries on Japanese usage, and appendixes explaining the various forms of Japanese verbs and other grammar points.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   1178
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 2" Width: 5.5" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   2.35 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 12, 2006
Publisher   Kodansha International
ISBN  4770018088  
ISBN13  9784770018083  

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English-Japanese Dictionary by Peter Sharpe  Nov 12, 2006
This is the best English-Japanese dictionary I've come across. It has the kana and the kanji. It lists the various meanings for an entry. It gives sample sentences (at times) to clarify usuage. It gives idiomatic expressions (at times). It's clear, straightforward, and easy to use. There are a lot of entries. The paper is good; the printing is good. It's what a dictionary should be. I highly recommend it.
Kodansha's Communitive English-Japanese Dictionary  Sep 1, 2006
The book is a hard cover book with excellent paper and printing. Even the furigana print is high quality although you might need a magnifying glass to read the kana on top. The book says it is "A practical and comprehensive reference for learners at all levels." I am a beginning Japanese student. I have memorized the Hiragana and Katakana syllabaries and reviewed many Kanji. I found the book un-useable at my level. I am light on Japanese grammar and hoped the book would help me understand the grammar better. Appendix A goes over Japanese Grammar but expects the reader to have a greater understanding of English Grammar than I have. Appendix A could use more examples and explanations. Maybe after I learn more about Japanese Grammar (maybe from another book) I will then be able to use this book.
4 and plus  Jul 26, 2006
every english word is defined with subtle nuances having more than one example sentences written first in japanese and then in english.sentences are generally not long but giving a good sense of the word in the context.a brand-new great help.I recommend.

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