The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary: Revised and Expanded (英語) ペーパーバック – 2013/5/31
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With The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary: Revised and Expanded, learners finally have at their fingertips accurate and in-depth information on all the kanji prescribed by the Japanese government. In all, 3,002 characters — 772 more than in the first edition — fill its pages, making it the most comprehensive and up-to-date dictionary of its kind.
The main goal of the dictionary is to give the learner instant access to a wealth of useful information on kanji, including their meanings, readings, stroke order, and usage in compounds.
Compounds pose a special problem for learners. Normally one must memorize them as unrelated units. A unique feature of this dictionary that overcomes this difficulty is the core meaning, a concise keyword that defines the dominant sense of each kanji, followed by character meanings, or specific senses the kanji can have when used in the living language. Together these features help learners understand the logic behind compound formation.
Another unique feature is the System of Kanji Indexing by Patterns (SKIP), a revolutionary indexing system that has gained widespread popularity because it enables the user to locate characters as quickly and as accurately as in alphabetical dictionaries. With SKIP, all one needs to do to find a kanji is identify the geometrical pattern to which it belongs, then count the strokes in each part of that pattern — a much speedier process than searching by traditional methods.
These features, and many more, make this dictionary the most powerful kanji-learning tool ever devised.
"Up-to-date, reliable, and easy to use … this beautifully designed dictionary meets the needs of a wide range of Japanese language learners."—Y.-H. Tohsaku, President, American Association of Teachers of Japanese
"A must for those who wish to overcome the obstacles posed by the study of kanji … an excellent tool that allows even beginners to look up kanji with ease."—Akito Ozaki, President, The Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language
I would have at least given it two or three stars, but I also find Halpern's translations to be questionable or too vague to offer any clarity on actual meaning more often than not.
It's based on the idea that Kanjis follow 4 basic patterns. Once you recognise the pattern you count the strokes of the key part of the pattern, then count the remaining strokes....then look it up. Down the margin of each page the possible "key shapes/pattern keys" are listed so you can flip though to find the one you want - then look at the entries for the (remaining) stroke count. So, for instance, for pattern 1, you might have 4-7 - the key by which you identify the pattern has 4 strokes while the remaining strokes add up to 7. (There's a slight variation with the last of the patterns but it's easy to work out). So, under that pattern (top corner of page so easy to find) you look up 4- then flip through to the right shape for your 4, finally go to the -7 (i.e. 4.7) and find the Kanji.
The secret is counting the strokes correctly. If you practice drawing a few Kanji with a pencil or whatever you soon get the hang of it.
Der Aufbau ist auf den ersten Seiten genau beschrieben und mit Beispielen dargestellt.
Wie der Autor am Anfang sagt, das Design weckt Interesse einfach mal in dem Buch zu blättern und nebenbei etwas über die einzelnen Kanji zu lernen. Die SKIP Methode ist eine wunderbare Variante um die Kanji in Kategorien einzuteilen und sie danach zu finden, aber es gibt natürlich auch noch andere Möglichkeiten das gesuchte Schriftzeichen zu finden.
Per esempio se cercherete 猫 lo troverete sotto 1-3-8. 1 perchè 1 identifica la forma dei kanji composti da una parte destra e una sinistra, 3 perchè 3 è il numero dei tratti del radicale e 8 perche 8 sono i tratti della parte restante a dx). Acquisto molto consigliato per gli studenti di tutti i livelli.