The New Nelson Japanese-English Character Dictionary / Edition 1

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"Unexcelled as a dictionary of basic Sino–Japanese characters. Extremely easy to use."—Japan Society

This is the utmost classic and well regarded standard Japanese Kanji Dictionary available today.
The New Nelson Japanese–English Character Dictionary is a complete revision of The Original Reader's Japanese–English Character Dictionary, published by Charles E. Tuttle Company in 1962. Long the foremost Japanese–English character dictionary, adopted by Japanese–study programs around the world and used at all levels of Japanese language study, the Nelson, as it is familiarly called, has been enhanced in this edition with several key changes.

  • The Universal Radical Index, an important advance on the traditional character indices, has been created as a handy appendix that enables users to search for any main–entry character's reference number in Morohashi's Dai Kanwa Jiten.
  • Over 1,200 characters have been added and more than 2,000 new on–kun entries included.
  • Definitions have been modernized to reflect current usage and translation.
Updated with additional characters, contemporary definitions, and an innovative radical index system, this revised editions sets new standards of excellence, easy–of–use, and reliability for Japanese language reference tools. This edition keeps pace with the evolution of the Japanese language and remains an indispensable tool for students and scholars of Japanese
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
oThis reigning authority on Japanese character definitions is based on missionary-scholar Nelson's first 1962 edition of The Modern Reader's Japanese-English Character Dictionary. Essential for all Japanese and East Asian studies collections.o —Library Journal

"One of the best and most concise Kanji dictionaries." —Goodreads

Library Journal

This reigning authority on Japanese character definitions is based on missionary-scholar Nelson's first 1962 edition of The Modern Reader's Japanese-English Character Dictionary. Haig (Japanese, Univ. of Hawai'i at Manoa) revised the resource in 1997 to include a fully expanded Universal Radical Index, permitting researchers to locate characters via any component radical, not just primaries. Keeping pace with the language's evolution over the 35 years following its initial publication, the reference includes over 7000 characters, 70,000 character-compounds, and their modernized definitions. Each entry features a corresponding Japanese Industrial Standard index number. Essential for all Japanese and East Asian studies collections.

—Savannah Schroll Guz
New edition of a reference which contains 700-plus main-entry characters complete with current definitions; about 70,000 character compounds; a cross- referencing system which includes the Japan Industrial Standard code number and the reference number in Morohashi's for each main-entry character; and the Universal Radical Index in which approximately 32,000 character entries can be found through not only the primary radical but any radical in the character. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804820363
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition description: Revised, Hardcover with Jacket
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1616
  • Sales rank: 455,670
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Nathaniel Nelson was born in Great Falls, Montana, in 1893. He received his B.A. from Walla Walla College and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. As a Seventh-Day Adventist missionary in Asia between 1918 and 1961, Dr. Nelson played a prominent role in the fields of education and language training. Throughout his life, Dr. Nelson remained devoted to the study of the Japanese language and the fundamentals of Chinese.

John H. Haig is an associate professor of Japanese in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, one of the largest departments of its kind in the U.S.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2000


    Nelson's, at 7,000+ characters, is The most complete character dictionary available for English speakers. The lookup system can be daunting for beginners, but it is the same system used by the Japanese. So in the long run, it would help to learn this system thoroughly. No better English-language Wajiten in the market today. If this doesn't do it for you, you'll need to buy a character dictionary in Japan. The Compact Nelson's is a great portable version of the same. About half the entries, however...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 1999

    Is the 'New Nelson' a good diccionary to use?

    I think that the diccionary is good to use if you need it in school but it is also very hard to get used to reading

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