The Original Modern Reader's Japanese-English Character Dictionary: Classic Edition

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"The Japanese government may someday recognize— as it ought to—Tuttle's contribution to creating an intelligent interest in Japan among the English–reading public, and deepening understanding of Japanese overseas."—Hokubei Mainichi (San Francisco)

Awarded the 1969 Prize for the Society of the Promotion of International Cultural Relations, this is the most comprehensive Japanese dictionary of its kind. Containing Japanese&@8211;English and English–Japanese sections, it is an ...

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Overview

"The Japanese government may someday recognize— as it ought to—Tuttle's contribution to creating an intelligent interest in Japan among the English–reading public, and deepening understanding of Japanese overseas."—Hokubei Mainichi (San Francisco)

Awarded the 1969 Prize for the Society of the Promotion of International Cultural Relations, this is the most comprehensive Japanese dictionary of its kind. Containing Japanese&@8211;English and English–Japanese sections, it is an essential reference tool for serious students studying the Japanese language or for businesspeople and tourists wishing to learn Japanese before they travel.

Special features include:

  • Lists over 5,000 carefully selected characters with their 10,000+ current readings and almost 70,000 compounds in current use, al with concise English definitions.
  • Scientifically arranged by a logical extension of the traditional radical system so as to make the finding of a given character almost fool–proof, saving hours of time.
  • Makes provision for quickly finding characters either in their traditional or their modern and often greatly altered forms, thus serving for both prewar and postwar literature.
  • Includes 14 valuable appendices giving (1) instructions for the most efficient use of the dictionary, (2) discussions of the written language in general and particularly of its recent and far–reaching official modifications, and (3) much helpful information that readers in East Asian fields have heretofore had to search for in many different places.
  • Contains an on–kun index which makes it not only a reader's dictionary but also a writer's dictionary.
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Editorial Reviews

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"As a replacement for the long serviceable Rose–Innes Beginner's Dictionary of Chinese–Japanese Characters, this new compilation offers many advantages: a lager number of characters...more readings still in current use...and a greatly expanded listing of compounds...As an example of book design, little more could be asked of this volume." —Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies

"Students of the Japanese language will particularly welcome...this dictionary, for it provides them with an up–to&#8211date and authoritative guide to modern Japanese characters."—Curtis W. Stucki, Library Journal

By far the most interesting dictionary I have ever read. No, really! The feeling of power you get when you've finally learned how to look up characters is incredible. Think about it. They can't be in alphabetical order, right? Just flipping through the dictionary, looking at random entries, drives home how different Japanese culture is from Western. You're constantly discovering words that you hadn't even suspected might be useful." &#8212Goodreads

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804819657
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Series: Tuttle Language Library
  • Edition description: Hardcover with Jacket
  • Pages: 1112
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew M. Nelson received his Ph.D from the University of Washington, where he majored in Far East studies and education. As a missionary to Asia, he was prominent in advancing education and language training.

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