- Series: A Kodansha dictionary
- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Kodansha International (JPN) (September 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 4770019831
- ISBN-13: 978-4770019837
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,872,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kodansha's Furigana Japanese-English Dictionary (A Kodansha dictionary)
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Students of Japanese will find this Japanese-English Dictionary from Kodansha International to be a strong, definitive paperback dictionary which adds Furigana readings to all kanji, provides over 16,000 vocabulary words, and adds many sample sentences as examples. An excellent, in-depth reference worth every penny of its price tag. Highly recommended! -- Midwest Book Review
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I used to waste a LOT of time looking up Japanese words in the vocab lists of Japanese grammar books, so this dictionary is definitely a 'sanity saver'.
The well-spaced text is set in a clear typeface. Yes, the `furigana' IS tiny, so unless you have exceptional eyesight, you will probably need to use a magnifier to read them; however, I regard this as a minor disadvantage, as you save a lot of time, and you learn a lot of kanji along the way.
The soft-cover edition is light in weight, and easily carried in a bag or handbag. Excellent value, and indispensable for any serious student.
Furigana is only used when going from English to Japanese. Furigana is the placement of the hiragana reading for above a Kanji. In other words, if you can read hiragana, then you will be able to read the kanji that it denotes.
The problem with this dictionary is that it does not have exhaustive vocabulary and occasionally we are unable to find the words we are looking for.
The best furigana dictionary that I have seen is Kenkyusha's Furigana Dictionary. I think that it is out of print, but if you can afford it, that is the one to get for personal use. For the classroom, I am satisfied with Kodansha's dictionary.