English Chinese Dictionary
Lexiconer.com Web
English Chinese Dictionary Chinese English Dictionary Language bookstore home Language Video Store TOEFL/GRE/GMAT Vocabulary
Browse Bookstore by languages:

Kodansha's Furigana Japanese Dictionary: Japanese-English English-Japanese

Title: Kodansha's Furigana Japanese Dictionary: Japanese-English English-Japanese

Author: Kodansha
Format: Hardcover
List Price: $60.00
Where To Buy

Amazon USA Price: $37.80

Buy from Amazon USA

Amazon Canada Price

Kodansha's Furigana Japanese Dictionary: Japanese-English English-Japanese

Recommended: Auralog TeLL me More Language Software, a superb and effective system for learning a foreign language. Proven method and highly praised system.

Where To Buy This Item

Editorial Reviews
Book Info
Provides a basic vocabulary of 30,000 entries comprising the most commonly used words in English and Japanese, semantic and usage differences between Japanese words and expressions explained clearly in English.

Product Description:
A comprehensive, communicative, and practical guide to using Japanese, Kodansha's Furigana Japanese Dictionary is an invaluable tool for anyone with an interest in the Japanese language. It has been edited with the needs of English-speaking users in mind, whether students, teachers, business people, or casual linguists, and special care has been taken at each stage of its compilation including the selection of entry words and their equivalents, the wording of the detailed explanations of Japanese words, the choice of example sentences, and even its functional page design to maximize its usefulness.

What is furigana and why is it so important?

Furigana refers to the small kana that are printed above or alongside kanji to show their pronunciation. With furigana superscripts, the beginner who is familiar with hiragana and katakana is able to read even the most difficult and obscure kanji at a glance. Other dictionaries either provide little or no guide to kanji readings or romanize some or all of the Japanese words and sentences. In the past, romanized dictionaries were of some value to students using textbooks that contained no Japanese script. Now, however, an increasing number of influential curricula around the world are based on a rationale and methodology that demands the introduction of hiragana and katakana from the earliest stages. Learners and their teachers using such curricula will inevitably feel more comfortable with a dictionary such as Kodansha s Furigana Japanese Dictionary, one that shows the pronunciation of kanji with a familiar and authentic kana script.

Combining Kodansha's Furigana Japanese-English Dictionary (1995) and Kodansha's Furigana English-Japanese Dictionary (1996) in one portable. affordable, and user-friendly volume, this dictionary has the following unique features: A basic vocabulary of 30,000 entries covers the most frequently used English and Japanese words Special treatment has been given to hundreds of words, names, and phrases of special relevance to English-speaking students of Japanese Semantic and usage differences between Japanese words and expressions are explained in clear English Thousands of example sentences and phrases illustrate how Japanese words are used in context Special information is provided on verb conjugations, formality, and other aspects of Japanese grammar and usage


Product Details
  • Hardcover: 1285 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha International (JPN) (October 1, 2000)
  • ISBN: 4770024800
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.5 x 2.0 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds.
  • Average Customer Review: based on 24 reviews.


Spotlight Reviews


7 of 9 people found the following review helpful:

Don't even begin to learn Japanese without it, February 3, 2004

Reviewer: Zack Davisson (Sakurai, Nara, Japan)

Any learner of Japanese needs a decent furigana dictionary. Kodansha is in the business of publishing the best Japanese learning aids available, and it only makes sense that their furigana dictionary is the one to buy.

A student of the Japanese language is wasting time with romaji. The sooner you learn the kana, the better. A good furigana dictionary serves a dual purpose of familiarizing you with the kana, as you need to know it in order to look up words, as well as being a functional dictionary.

While too basic for advanced students, the number of words should be sufficient for beginner and intermediate students. Of course, a bound dictionary will never be able to compete with an electronic dictionary for number of words and convenience, but the arduous process of looking up words the old fashioned way seems to help with retention, as well as mastering the kana.

Even absolute beginners should walk into their first Japanese class with this dictionary in their pocket.


45 of 45 people found the following review helpful:

Excellent for Beginners, May 14, 2000

Reviewer: "radagasty" (Sydney, Australia)

Kodansha's Furigana dictionary is simply one of the best Japanese<->English dictionaries I have seen on the market, especially for students of Japanese. The English-Japanese volume of this wonderful dictionary is simply indispensable to beginners of the language once they have mastered the two kana scripts, viz, hiragana and katakana, as would be expected of any serious student, since the dictionary does not contain any Romanised entries.

One great feature about this dictionary particularly valuable to beginners who may not know many kanji is that all the kanjis, be they in the entries or the examples, have small kanas printed over them indicating their pronunciation, i.e., furigana. The definitions themselves are up-to-date, clear, being written for English speakers, and most entries contain illustrative example sentences indicating of usage.

The English-Japanese section lists some 14,000 entries of commonly used English words. This section is rather limited in scope, for the native English speaker is likely to find that the word he wishes to translate into Japanese is not listed, and an alternative need be found.

In the Japanese-English section, the entries are listed in kana, in the kana order, which is much better than other Romanised dictionaries which list Japanese words in English alphabetical order. If kanji exists for that entry, then it immediately follows the headword, after which comes the definition. Synonyms are also indicated in the entries, and ample example sentences are given. Three appendices are included, listing verb conjugations, numerical counters and place names.

The book itself is physically well produced, with a hardcover. The paper is of good quality, and the print is clear although none too large. Moreover, the size of the book is neither so large nor so heavy as to become cumbersome or inconvenient to use. Many of the typographical errors in the previous separate editions have been corrected in this combined edition.

In summary, then, the Kodansha's Furigana English & Japanese dictionary is a great boon to any serious beginning or intermediate student of Japanese. For the advance learner, however, its limited scope of some sixteen thousand words makes it perhaps not quite as useful. Two of its features, i.e., doing away with romaji (Romanised script), which is very irritating to users familiar with kana, by using kana instead (as the Japanese would, in any case), and indicating the reading of all kanjis with furigana, sets this dictionary apart from others in the market, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to any serious student embarking on a study of the Japanese language.


Customer Reviews
Avg. Customer Review:

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

No dictionary is enough by itself; buy a kanji dic, too., November 1, 2004

Reviewer: Miguel Lescano Cornejo "mlescano" (Ecuador)

Unless you're reading material targeted for Japanese children, you will always need to face kanji in printed Japanese. If you want to read anywhere away from you computer (where you can easily use an electronic dic), you need a printed kanji dic, either one with kana readings (Kodansha's essential kanji dic) or one with romanji readings (Kodansha's Kanji learner's dic)

Kanji dictionaries contain only words written in kanji, so, anyway, you'll also need a dic that covers kana-only words and that is ordered by kana alphabetic order, and this dictionary here is a good one. By the way, this one is kana/kanji only. First learn the kana. If you don't feel that you need the kana because you're only going to stay in Japan for a short time and want to concentrate in the spoken language, look for a romanized dic, instead.

So, you will always need at least:
-two dictionaries for reading or
-one for listening comprehension.

If you're serious about learning Japanese (not just a short time tourist) and want to develop writing abilities, avoid romanji (Japanese written in English letters) at all costs. Learn the kana.

This dictionary is not complete. Then, if you can't afford (or find... in fact, I couldn't find any) a more complete dictionary, get yourself a free electronic one to complement this one. Jim Breen's EDICT database together with a dictionary search program like Kanjibrowze will be just fine. This combination is a powerful one: When you're reading on the Net, you can use the electronic dic only. However, it does not provide any hint in word usage, so use Kodansha's furigana dic when writing in Japanese or for further understanding.

No dictionary can substitute a language course, unless you're an absolute genius and have the ability to decipher completely unknown grammar patterns and verb/adjective inflections. Also take into account that unlike european languages, Japanese usually has no space between words, so you really need to know at least the basics of grammar in order to be able to use any dictionary.


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Extremely useful, May 6, 2004

Reviewer: isala "Isabel and Lars" (Fairbanks, Alaska,, US)

I bought this dictionary not knowing what to expect. However, the very first time I used it I knew I had made an excellent buy. Because of the example sentences that come with many of the entries, Kondasha's Furigana Dictionary is invaluable for those who have memorized a lot of vocabulary, but do not know how to use it in context. For those who already have some knowledge of kanji, the dictionary helps retain their pronunciation, since furigana are printed above each character.
I am glad I bought this dictionary. I am sure you will enjoy it too.


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Good for beginners, frustrating for more advanced users., January 27, 2004

Reviewer: madjungleflava (Minneapolis, MN, USA)

This book is no doubt an excellent dictionary for beginning or intermediate students of Japanese; it provides good examples of usage for most entries.

BUT BE WARNED: Don't buy it if you're looking for depth or difficult/advanced words. This dictionary is basically a pocket dictionary with frills; in fact, my tiny Random House pocket dictionary has words that this book doesn't. Anyone with a few years of study completed will be far better served by a more comprehensive dictionary that doesn't waste space with examples of usage.


5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Buy this book and things will begin to click., November 22, 2003

Reviewer: Daniel C. Wilcock "journal-ist" (Fairfax, VA United States)

I think this handsome volume is ideal for advanced beginner/intermediate Japanese student (I myself am in this category). Others here have complained about limited vocabulary but I've found it to be sufficient. When I'm talking on the phone with Japanese friends, I keep it handy and it has seldom let me down. It also comes in handy when trying to write a letter in Japanese because most entries include multiple example sentences. What's really meaningful about this dictionary is that it can function as a kind of Rosetta Stone for those struggling to connect spoken Japanese, phonetic characters (kana), and the Chinese charaters used by Japanese readers (Kanji). The advanced beginner will have learned the phonetic alphabet and can find Japanese words organized by kana spellings, then be able to look at that word's kanji. For this reason, absolute beginners should only buy this book if they are committed to at least a year of learning (otherwise it will probably end up on a shelf and will go picked over at yard sales). If you are in the absolute beginner category and only need enough Japanese to get along on a short trip to Japan or to decode japanimation films- I'd recommend the Random House paperback dictionary. It's cheap and easy to read. But for those who want to take their Japanese learning to the next level: this stately and stout blue-cloth hardback will no doubt be a good companion.

Well worth the money.

Where to buy

Buy from Amazon USA

  Search Japanese books on Amazon:


Language Stores:

Top Recommended Language Programs

Learn Spanish Central: A collection of books for studying Spanish.

List of 3,465 Spanish English Cognates

Main Language Bookstore

Auralog TeLL me More Language Software

Fluenz Language Software

Pimsleur Language Program

Instant Immersion Language Software

Rosetta Stone Language Software
(Rosetta Stone Review)

Video Courses

Transparent Language Software

Power-Glide Language Software

Learn Chinese Central

View this page in: | | | | | | | | |

Copyright © 2000-2008 Lexiconer.Com or its partners.

English Chinese Dictionary  Site Map  Language Bookstore   Language Video  Rocket Spanish   Rosetta Stone Language Software (Rosetta Stone Review, Rosetta Stone SpanishAuralog TeLL me More Language Software Update History (About Us)   Contact Us   Testimonials   Privacy Policy