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Kodansha's Basic English-Japanese Dictionary (Japanese for Busy People) [Paperback]

By Seiichi Makino (Editor), Seiichi Nakada (Editor), Mieko Ohso (Editor) & Wesley M. Jacobsen (Contributor)
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This is an English-Japanese dictionary written primarily for students and teachers of the Japanese language. An index of basic Japanese words appearing in the dictionary is also included, which allows you to use this as a Japanese-English dictionary as well.
o Over 4,500 entries
o Almost 18,000 vocabulary items
o A definition of the basic meaning of each English entry and of each of its Japanese translations
o Information on stylistic differences between words
o Useful example sentences illustrating each English entry, together with Japanese translations, both in Japanese and romanized script
o Notes explaining words with unusual grammatical behavior
o Information on how to use grammatical particles correctly to match the meaning of the verb
o Notes on how kanji are used, especially when several kanji can be used to write the same word
o Pitch accent markers on romanized translations of the basic entries
o Appendixes dealing with technical vocabulary, characteristics of the Japanese language, and grammar charts

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Item Specifications...

Pages   1520
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 2.25" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   2.66 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 17, 2003
Publisher   Kodansha International
ISBN  4770028954  
ISBN13  9784770028952  

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More About Seiichi Makino, Seiichi Nakada, Mieko Ohso & Wesley M. Jacobsen

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Professor Seiichi Makino received his Ph.D. in linguistics in 1968 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an internationally prominent Japanese linguist and scholar who is recognized throughout the world for his scholarship and for his many publications. Before beginning his tenure at Princeton University in 1991, he taught Japanese language, linguistics and culture at the University of Illinois while training lower division language coordinators. He is an experienced ACTFL oral proficiency trainer in Japanese and frequently trains Japanese instructors internationally in proficiency-oriented instruction and in the administration of the Oral Proficiency Interview. Professor Makino has been the Academic Director of the Japanese Pedagogy M.A. Summer Program at Columbia University since 1996. He also directs the Princeton-in-Ishikawa Summer Program.

Seiichi Makino currently resides in the state of New Jersey. Seiichi Makino was born in 1935.

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Amazing Basic Dictionary  Jul 7, 2008
This is my favorite Japanese dictionary mainly because they give specific definitions with each Japanese word. With other dictionaries I would have to look up the english word I wanted, I would get several different Japanese words and then I would have to look up each of those Japanese words to figure out which word had the right meaning. This was really annoying and sometimes didn't tell me what the word meant as acurately as I would like. I love this dictionary and I am so glad I bought it.
honorary arians  Aug 22, 2007
a superb dictionary with a wealth of information about japanese and fraught with example sentences in full context. although it is not as comprehensive as other furigana and kanji dictionaries it has more useful and daily used words. geared for elementary and past elementary learners.
"ú-{ê,ª*ª,©,è,½,¢,Å,·,©H If you can only afford one dictionary to start with, this is the one to buy!  Apr 4, 2007
Right now, I'm using the Pimsleur CDs in the car to learn Japanese. However, when I get home, I need to be able to write things down to remember them--so Ifm making a vocabulary list in a spreadsheet, and I also want to make flashcards.

One of tough things to get used to in Japanese is the complex writing system--how can I be sure that I'm writing things down correctly? Even if I only use Roomaji, I need to be sure Ifm writing out long vowels versus short correctly. If using real Japanese writing, how will I know if there is a Kanji involved... or if I have made a gspelling mistakeh?

Well, this dictionary is the best one I have found to help me write down all Ifm hearing on the Pimsleur CDs (and I have ordered quite a few). True, it does not have a lot of words in it--the preface says it has around 4,500 headwords. However, the real value is that it has many, many complete sentences for each entry along with usage notes. So whenever you look up an English word or concept, you can almost always find the utterance that youfre hearing so you can see how to write it down, and another way to use it. (This is especially useful to see concrete examples of conjugated verbs and conjugated adjectives.) It also shows variants of the same idea...and how the variants are acceptable in some constructions but not others.

For instance, if you look up the word "fine," you can find the following example of usage:

No, this is fine.
,¢,¢,¦A,±,ê,Å{<\/,¢,¢/*³ Iie, kore de {kekkoo/ii/*genki} desu.
Note: _Kekkoo_ sounds a little more formal than _ii_.

So, you've got an English sentence, a real Japanese translation with multiple choices, including one that doesnft work (marked with an asterisk), and a roomaji transliteration. And you also have a valuable note about usage and how the variants come across.

Another nice feature is that it clearly delineates where the pitch rises and falls for a given word...which is much easier to contend with than the mere acute accent mark used by many other Romanized dictionaries.

And there's a Japanese-English section at the back as well, which gives you a mapping to which entries in the dictionary you can look for a Japanese word under--also quite helpful and surprising. There are also a few appendices including a clear and concise grammar summary, a list of business-related terminology, and a few other tidbits. Overall, I can picture myself using this dictionary constantly throughout my beginning studies...only supplementing it when I need to look up a specific and less common word.
Woefully Incomplete  Jul 27, 2005
For a dictionary so thick, this one certainly lacks a LOT of very basic words. After looking up just a few words, I quickly fell back to using my much slimmer Japanese-English/English-Japanese resource, because this one just doesn't have the information. A lot of space is taken up by larger-than-normal font size and spacing. I'm still looking for a good English-Japanese dictionary, but until then, almost anything is better than this.
Maybe the Most Useful English-Japanese Dictionary Ever  Jun 12, 2004
This is the English-Japanese dictionary I use the most. I own 10 dictionaries and grammer books on the Japanese language and am a beginning-intermediate level student of the language. This one, containing 1500 + pages of extremely helpful guidance on how to correctly use the most "basic" words, is by far the most helpful on a daily basis. Whether for sending e-mail to a Japanese friend or completing a homework assignment for a Japanese language class, this dictionary has no equals in its niche. While modestly claiming to be only a "basic" dictionary, it is much more than that. It is the only book I have found on the market which has taken the time and effort (which must have been considerable) to provide samples sentences in both English and romaji and hiragana/kanji for the many different meanings and applications of about 4,500 basic English words. This book is well worth the investment. I wish all language dictionaries were as helpful as this one.

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