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Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary

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Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary

Postby Beliskna » June 14th, 2007 4:15 am

Hi all,

Just wondering if anyone uses this text and if so what they think of it. I have read some good reviews and some bad so I am at a loss :?

What do you think?

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Postby untmdsprt » June 14th, 2007 7:56 am

I have it and rarely use it.

Update: I've bought the CD version to put onto my Casio electronic dictionary. Use it all the time since I'm in Japan, and constantly looking up new kanji every day.
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Postby jmignot » June 15th, 2007 4:36 am

I like it a lot, especially since I was able to use the SKIP method to look up an unknown kanji from the very beginning of my Japanese studies. It is probably not complete enough for more advanced learners, but I would recommend it for beginners.

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Postby mariyo » June 15th, 2007 3:19 pm

I think as a beginner you'd be better off starting with the Kodansha hiragana dictionary : It has kanji inside, but the lookup is based on hiragana.

To lookup kanji directly, I'm using Henshall and online I'm using the WWWJDIC (professor Breen). This has a multi-radical lookup method, which is very convenient.

Of course, this is just my personal suggestion.


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Postby vpetrov » June 15th, 2007 9:17 pm

Hi all,

I am just at the very beginning level of Nihongo study. I've bought Kodansha learners dictionary by occasion and found that SKIP method is very, very convenient and speeds up search for Kanji radically in comparison with archaic radicals and stroke counting methods, so it enables me to read educational texts by not spending 99% time searching for kanjis. I was been so inspired by this method that bought also the bigger NTC dictionary on which Kodansha's based - it contains around 4000 entries including rare and names-only. Kodansha also have many interesting books for English speaking Japanese learners, i have a few dozens already - very helpful references on verbs, particles etc...

It's just my 2 cents.

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