- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; Bilingual edition (October 16, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199298521
- ISBN-13: 978-0199298525
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.8 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 65 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is lovely! Its a vary nice diconary! There is even a few pages at the back of the book where it is decorated to life in Japan! "Guide to life and culture; Tipping waiters, street names, face masks."! Ect!! It is extremely helpful!
There is a chapter that is called " list of Japanese words you must know!"!
I extremely recommend this book!!
Good luck fellow Japanese students!
My personal favorite feature is that it does not use romanized characters (English letters) in it Japanese sections. This is a must for a serious language student, because romanized letters are well-documented to impede Japanese language acquisition: there are multiple ways to transliterate Japanese words. Most importantly, if you're in Japan, and must depend on English letters, then you are functionally illiterate.
This dictionary is not exhaustive, but no portable dictionary could possibly have every word you might want in it. That said, it's small enough to be portable--barely--namely in cargo pockets or in a backpack. Yet it is large enough to be easy to read, and have a solid selection of words. If you are serious about learning Japanese, it might be worth investing in a second more-comprehensive dictionary, I have certainly purchased several. However, this is the dictionary you want with you when you are walking around town, or driving to a friend's place. It followed me everywhere. This is bar-none, my favorite English/Japanese dictionary.
(I lived 2 years in Japan, and continue to study the language with an eye to return there permanently.)
This is not a Romajii based dictionary, look for a travelers or Romajii dictionary if that's what you seek.
For a student of Japanese, I think this a a valuable learning tool. Lots of good reference charts, and extras as well (Phrase finder, Important dates in Japan, life and culture guide, and social survival guide are included). I consider this book as valuable as the textbook I'm using to learn Japanese.
Not only does it come with a vast list of Japanese to English and English to Japanese word definitions, but it has a section in the beginning, middle, and end that goes in depth on sentence structure, phrasing, tensing, etc, plus a wide variety of information on Japanese culture. It's definitely exactly what I wanted, plus a whole bunch more.
I recommend this to anyone who is learning Japanese, no matter where you are, unless you are completely fluent in the language.
As for the actual shipment, it came quickly and I was very satisfied to see that it was in a flawless condition.
I strongly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn Japanese. It is VERY useful and I love it to death.