Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Japanese Dictionary

Japanese can be quite challenging to some. In view of that, HowToWriteInJapanese.blogspot.com has provided you guys with several posts on basic Japanese writings like I love you, Merry Christmas and much more. To help you with that we've found some useful tools you can use to help you to learn Japanese.

This is a dictionary from Amazon. I picked this because of the reviews. Most of it are positive ones though, expectedly, there're some that are bad. Click on the link to read more about it and look through the reviews to see if it suits you.

Here are some of reviews by the customers:
  • Best in the class!,
April 19, 2000
By A Customer
Living in Tokyo, it`s been essential for me to have an effective translation dictionary. This one has filled the bill. True, it isn`t necessarially the best choice for beginners, but as you begin to explore Japanese more, this book will keep up with you. In my Japanese language class, this dictionary has pulled through for us when other students` dictionaries could not. The best feature is the easy-to-read Romaji (English spellings) that permit you to sound out the words without having to read Japanese. However, the Japanese is included also, meaning I`ll be able to continue learning with this book for quite some time.
  • Excellent for Beginning Japanese Language,
March 19, 2003
By Christopher Fung (San Francisco, CA United States) - See all my reviews
As a Japanese language student, I found this dictionary to be a very useful tool in the beginning stages of learning Japanese. Most likely, the beginning student will learn to associate Japanese phrases with their respective Romanizations instead of thinking in Japanese script. For this reason, this dictionary is a good tool to help transition students from thinking in romanji to the respective Japanese scripts (hiragana, katakana and kanji). I have found this dictionary quite useful when I studied the Japanese language during my first year in high school. However, after I began associating Japanese phrases and words with hiragana, I began using a dictionary that allowed me to search words in the hiragana script (a,i,u,e,o,ka,ki,ku...ra,wa,wo). It was difficult to go back to this Romanized dictionary.
As this dictionary is not exclusively Japanese to English or English to Japanese, this dictionary compromises its comprehensiveness. I have found that this dictionary doesn't include many more advanced or classical Japanese words and phrases that may be found in Japanese newspapers or official documents.
Yet, if you are a beginning Japanese student without any experience with Japanese script, this is a good start. However, if you are student who has more experience with the script, a better recommendation might be Kodansha's Furigana Japanese-English Dictionary or Kodansha's Furigana English-Japanese Dictionary.


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