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The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary answers the urgent need for an easy-to-use kanji dictionary compact enough to be easily carried around, yet detailed enough to satisfy the practical needs of the beginning and intermediate learner.
Its basic goal is to give the learner a thorough understanding of kanji by providing instant access to a wealth of useful information on...more
Paperback, 1008 pages
Published October 29th 2001 by Kodansha International Ltd
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Bill Michaud
Nov 19, 2007 Bill Michaud rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Japanese Language Students
As a reference (not a primary learning source), this book is excellent.

Perhaps the thing I love most about this book is that it shows combinations with kanji that are not in the first position of the word. Many, if not all, native dictionaries only show words with the initial kanji for examples, which can be frustrating given the way they are combined in Japanese and take on some unexpected readings. Perhaps it is for this reason alone that I still use this dictionary even after studying kanji...more
Matt
I've plumbed this dictionary inside and out for years alongside other kanji dictionaries in my studies. For starting out, this book is an essential tool; however, when it comes to studying readings and the like, I feel there are better resources out there. What this Kodansha Kanji dictionary for learners does do exceptionally well is provide a physical resource that is easy to look-up kanji in while reading something written in Japanese or studying. I would argue that this shouldn't necessarily...more
Mizumi
I haven't been using this dictionary a lot because I got a wordtank quite quickly afterwards, but I love it still, even though it got me into trouble for not having some of the kanji that were in my homework (hence the wordtank). I have no trouble at all looking things up, and the meanings are short and straight to the point. Maybe not the best dictionary for translating or deep text analysis, but most certainly a great dictionary for, well, 'busy people'.
(On a completely random note, I love ho...more
Gavin
Another Kanji dictionary, but Halpern tries to entirely re-invent the Kanji categorisation system, which means some lookups make you say "Brilliant! Two seconds!" and others make you say "Why the #$%@ is it there?! How was I supposed to know to divide it there?".

But it contains a wealth of example phrases, some so spectacularly subtle that even native Japanese speakers turn their heads quizzically when confronted with them.

Kanji is always exciting with Jack.
Adrian Magill
I've been using this book as a reference off and on for about six years now. The one drawback it has (and this is understandable considering...) is that it sometimes doesn't have the kanji one might need. However, it should be noted that I was in Japan when I was using this book and it does contain over 2,000 of a possible 10,000 kanji characters.
James Mckinney
The book does a well enough job providing the reader with a dictionary that fits its function. The problem today is that any student of Japanese is provided with numerous far more convenient ways to look up the meaning of kanji and its compounds. In short, this type of book is quickly becoming obsolete.
Julie
This has been one of the most helpful things I have ever had when studying Japanese. It is chock-full of good examples, readings for each character, and it includes readings for names. It is incredibly easy to look up new characters once one gets used to the SKIP method employed by the authors.
Haengbok92
Excellent dictionary! Offers a lot of insight into Kanji common and obscure. I really like to flip through it and learn another Kanji or Kanji combination word. That said, I think the proof of this book will come when I go to Japan. Looking forward to it!
Noah
This dictionary is the most amazing dictionary I've ever used for Japanese, as its set-up is easy to follow and the kanji is very simple to look up. If you ever need a Japanese kanji dictionary, use this one.
Jim
Apr 28, 2008 Jim rated it 5 of 5 stars
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This Kanji dictionary is very in-depth and has been a great resource when reading and learning Japanese.
Michelle Anderson
Immensely useful.
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