The Learner's Japanese Kanji Dictionary

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"The authors have succeeded in the purpose of making it as easy as possible to look up the readings and meanings of Japanese words written in Chinese characters." —The Modern Language Library

The purpose of this Learner's Kanji Dictionary is to offer a handy and easy–to–use Japanese language tool to look up the readings and meanings of Japanese words and names written with Chinese characters (kanji). Each kanji entry is presented in extra–large form, with its strokes labeled in ...

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Overview

"The authors have succeeded in the purpose of making it as easy as possible to look up the readings and meanings of Japanese words written in Chinese characters." —The Modern Language Library

The purpose of this Learner's Kanji Dictionary is to offer a handy and easy–to–use Japanese language tool to look up the readings and meanings of Japanese words and names written with Chinese characters (kanji). Each kanji entry is presented in extra–large form, with its strokes labeled in order by small numbers 1, 2, 3, ... positioned at the beginning of each stroke to show how the kanji is to be written. Handwritten pen and variant forms of the kanji are also given, along with its general structure and graphemes. This dictionary is a concise version of the more comprehensive Kanji Dictionary. In all, this Japanese dictionary lists the most important 2,882 characters and 12,073 multi–character compounds, including all 1,945 Joyo Kanji decree for general use plus all 284 Jinmei–yo Kanji sanctioned for use in given names. In addition, the most frequently used approximately 700 surnames and 600 given names have been added.

One feature that makes this dictionary particularly useful for a beginner, or anyone else wishing to learn Japanese, is that every compound is listed under each of its characters. This multiple listing makes it possible to look up a compound under whichever of its characters is quickest to find, and it is a big help in deciphering sloppy handwriting or a blurred copy. Entries are arranged according to a radical—based lookup system of the same type used in virtually all character dictionaries, but with improvements that make it particularly easy to learn and use. And with the alphabetically arranged index of kanji readings at the back of the dictionary, the user can look up a character via any of its known readings (or look up a compound via any of the readings of any of its characters), without having to determine radicals or count strokes.

This handy character dictionary includes:

  • 2,882 character entries and 12,073 compounds.
  • Character entries are according to the system of 79 Radicals.
  • English–Japanese and Japanese–English Sections
  • Information about writing, form, structure, etc. of each of the characters.
  • Approximately 700 surnames and 600 given names.
  • An alphabetical pronunciation index.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This reference has been indispensable to me as a Japanese student. I first bought it in 1999 at my tutor's recommendation and still turning to it when unknown kanji show up. Since I study calligraphy it's also useful in that context — you can nail down the stroke order of a character if you're not quite sure. Would recommend this reference to everyone." —Goodreads
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804835565
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/15/2004
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 928
  • Sales rank: 542,536
  • Product dimensions: 4.75 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Spahn and Wolfgang Hadamitzky are the authors of numerous language learning and reference books, including A Guide to Writing Kanji & Kana (Book I and II), Kanji & Kana: A Handbook of the Japanese Writing System, and The Kanji Dictionary, all of which are available from the Tuttle Language Library.

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Table of Contents

Preface v
How to Use This Dictionary vi
Explanation of Sample Entries vi
How to Look Up a Character ix
How to Look Up a Compound x
A Word about Stroke Counting xi
How to Determine the Radical of a Character xi
How to Use Other Dictionaries xv
Characters and Compounds (The Dictionary Proper) 1
Appendices 833
Alphabetical Index of Readings 847
List of Tables
The 79 Radicals (without Variants)
The 79 Radicals (with Variants)
The 79 Radicals (without Variants)
Checklist for Determining the Radical of a Character
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  • Posted January 9, 2010

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    VERY HELPFUL

    Have you ever seen a kanji and said "What's that?" Well never again! Just look at the radical and the strokes and you can find it in this book. Not only will you find the kanji but you will find words you can use it in with other kanji. it is very organized.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2008

    Pretty good deal

    This dictionary's search system is based on a character's radical. This is pretty easy to use but I don't recommend it for beginners (like if you don't know what a radical is, that could pose a problem). A huge bonus is that stroke instructions that are given as well. One thing I don't like about this dictionary is the binding. It's cumbersome which is really a downside with a book that is meant for frequent reference. But I think all in all it's a pretty good deal for a reasonable price.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2008

    A dictionary above all else

    This dictionary is absolutely perfect for all levels of Japanese learning students. It's easy to use, has practically all the basic kanji and MUCH more. Although it's not exactly a portable dictionary, it comes in handy when you find a character that is not familiar to you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2005

    Very useful!

    This kanji dictionary is a VERY useful book! I personally love the addition of the kanji used in Japanese given names, the original radical list and the modern one, and the organization of the kanji. I am a serious student of the language, and am approaching my fourth year studying...it's perfect for me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2004

    Awesome for Japanese students...

    This kanji-book is very useful for those who wish to conquer japanese. With every single compound shown, it is the most useful japanese book ever!

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    Posted November 11, 2010

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