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June 10th, 2004, 21:36
Hi again!!

I'm on a bit of a roll with posting new threads!! Just soo many questions!!

Can anyone recommend me a good (smallish) basic Japanese dictionary (a kanji one...is that right?)

I'm from the UK, so something I can find or order from Borders , Blackwells or WH Smith would be great. Other recommendations most welcome though!

Any good websites on kanji as well would be great!

Thanks a lot

Lauren (aka yorkie) :?:

June 10th, 2004, 22:39
I'll definitely buy an e-dictionary in Japan...sooner or later.. :roll: ..because I'm too lazy to flip through a paper dictionay. :oops: I have to admit I'm such a bum. :P If you don't know much about e-dictionaries, you can see here. http://www.thejapanshop.net/index.htm
But I recommend you to buy one in Japan. :x I'm sure you can get more spiffy denshi-jisyo (e-dictionary). :wink:

June 11th, 2004, 01:12
Any good websites on kanji as well would be great!

check the weblinks section of this site.. there are a few good sites..

:) I've got more I just haven't got around to adding to the weblinks.. so keep checking I'll put them in as I find them / get off my lazy arse.

June 11th, 2004, 13:39
Great one is:

Japanese-English, English-Japanese Dictionary from Random House. ISBN 0-345-40548-X

I agree with Paul. I've had this dictionary for 6 years and it's great! Especially as a learning tool for romanji pronunciations and basic vocab while learninig kana. And the kanji helps when you completly mis-pronounce a word, at least your Japanese counterpart will be able to read the kanji!

I'd eventually like to purchase an electronic dictionary, but I'll look into that once I'm in country.


June 11th, 2004, 17:40
For online kanji -

GCSE Picture Kanji Cards

London Language Centre former Chief Advisor, Naoyuki Kitani, now at The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa created this mnemonic collection of 200 GCSE set Kanji, which you can download one by one, simply by selecting individual Kanji.


edit: this link is better!


gives access to lots of language resources

- some are more helpful than others, but the pictures might help you to remember the form of the kanji - i just want to know why my school never offered GCSE Japanese, would have beaten doing Ancient Greek....


June 12th, 2004, 11:42
I bought the Ectaco EJ400T about a week ago.


It will only speak the English words and not the Japanese. So it won't help with Japanese pronunciation, and therefore it is kinda useless for native English speakers. It does quickly translate English words into Kanji, Hiragana, and Romaji, and you can translate Kanji, and Hiragana, into English as well. It has allot of everyday phrases, but I think that kinda thing is probably better learned from other sources. I find it useful though. My Japanese flatmate uses the Seiko RM2000 to learn English on, which also is good for bilingual translation, and I think the two of them are about equal.