ふりがな和英・英和辞典 - Kodansha's Furigana Japanese Dictionary (英語) ハードカバー – 1999/10/31
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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:
• A basic vocabulary of 30,000 entries covers the most frequently used English and Japanese words
• Special treatment has been given to hundreds of words, names, and phrases of special relevance to English-speaking students of Japanese
• Semantic and usage differences between Japanese words and expressions are explained in clear English
• Thousands of example sentences and phrases illustrate how Japanese words are used in context
• Special information is provided on verb conjugations, formality, and other aspects of Japanese grammar and usage
unless you can find a better, larger book, this is the best i've seen on amazon. i recommend this and any langenscheidt j-dict to be used in conjunction as langenscheidt has a larger selection of words. they're written in romaji followed by how it is often written but because it's in romaji you can easily learn the hiragana or katakana to match it until you feel comfortable learning Kanji along side it.
You DON'T need to know kanji to use it (although kanji are given in the entries), but you do need to know hiragana and katakana, and be aware that the J>E section is "alphabetized" the way the Japanese organize their own dictionaries, so it doesn't go a-b-c-d-etc but rather a-i-u-e-o ka-ki-ku-ke-ko etc. so you'll have to get used to that. The E>J section is alphabetized English-style a-b-c-d-etc.
There's also a really nifty center section that includes some of the most common conjugations of Japanese verbals in Japanese-style, so it teaches you about ichi-dan, go-dan, and irregular verbals the way the Japanese understand them (not whatever method your current textbook has chosen). There's also a list of common counters, and other useful lists and charts.
Example sentences are also given in the dictionary entries, which I have found very useful for seeing how words are used.
Overall, I think this is one of the BEST dictionaries on the market, and I recommend it to anyone who wants the romaji out of their brain so they can focus on truly internalizing the language.
LO AND BEHOLD!!!!
This dictionary, which is practically one of a kind, does that fabulously. It's good to have an all-Japanese dictionary so that your brain begins to think in hiragana/kanji like an actual Japanese person's brain does. If you always read new words in romaji, your brain will consequently learn them in romaji, making it harder to transition to actual Japanese thinking. Also, it has lots of REAL example sentences (written by Japanese teachers, not random westerners) to help you understand how a word is actually used.
The only downfall of this awesome-possum dictionary is that it does not have intonation guides :-(
However, there's an Amazing dictionary (will a smaller number of words) that does:
Kodansha's Basic English-Japanese Dictionary (Japanese for Busy People)
That above one is fabulous.
Kodansha is the best brand, and anything by Seiichi Makino is the best. You'll see.
P.S. Jisho.org is probably the best dictionary site you'll ever find. Check it out, and great happiness will ensue :)
The dictionary is divided into 2 parts. The first part is Japanese to English and the second English to Japanese. I guess the stated 30,000 words will inevitably include some repetitions in the 2 parts. The edge of this dictionary, as branded on its cover, is that all Kanji have furigana. It save u a lot of time to decipher if u r not familiar with them. This is not found even in my 75,000 words Jap to Jap dictionary. Besides, majority of the words have practical examples to illustrate the applications of the words. It is even more prominent in the Eng to Jap section, as all synonymous meanings in Jap are listed with good examples (can be confusing for foreign learners). By memorizing the examples, it helps u to build up vocabulary and grammar patterns, which is very important as learning Jap, unlike English, u have to memorize a lot of unique sentence forms in order to master the language. Highly recommend this book to all Japanese learners.
But I didn't realize when I bought it that once I start learning Kanji, I would never really be able to use this to look up a Kanji I didn't know.
It's my fault, not the dictionary's, but if you need to look up a Kanji you are reading (without an electronic device) you have to know/figure out that Kanji's "radical". Then you use a Kanji Dictionary and search through it by "radical" for the Kanji you want.
This dictionary is great for people who know kana and want to look up japanese words they have heard,
or any english-to-japanese words they want to learn. Overall great dictionary, just make sure it does what you're looking for!