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KODANSHA’S ROMANIZED JAPANESE-ENGLISH DICTIONARY, edited by Timothy J. Vance, et al. Kodansha International, Tokyo, 2001, 666 pp., 3,500 yen (paper)

A completely rewritten and expanded version of Kodansha’s 1990 “The New World Japanese-English Dictionary for Juniors,” a popular reference work among Japanese junior high school students, this dictionary is aimed at English-speaking Japanese learners of beginning to intermediate level. Entries are romanized and listed alphabetically for ease of use. Each entry and all example sentences are also written in standard Japanese script as an aid for those studying kanji and kana. Three appendices provide useful information on verb conjugations, numerals and counters, and Japanese and foreign place names.

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