The New Nelson Japanese-English Character Dictionary, Hardback Book

The New Nelson Japanese-English Character Dictionary Hardback

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The New Nelson Japanese-English Character Dictionary is a major revision of Dr. Andrew N. Nelson's award-winning classic The Modern Reader's Japanese-English Character Dictionary.

Most importantly, the task of looking up a main-entry kanji has been simplified with the introduction of the Universal Radical Index (URI).

Character entries now can be readily found through not only the primary radical, but any radical in the character.

The URI, as a result, contains over 32,000 entries, making it the most thorough and reliable index available.

Though created for the novice user, the URI system is beneficial to anyone frustrated by obscure radicals and difficult-to-remember "radical priorities." Another enhancement of The New Nelson is the expanded cross-referencing system.

Each main-character entry is accompanied by the sequential position of the character in The New Nelson itself as well as a cross-reference number for the character in the Japan Industrial Standard (JIS) code and Morohashi's Dai Kanwa Jiten.




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The New Nelson is a quite handy kanji dictionary; lookup is possible via the classical radical + stroke count method, where the radical can be found either via number reference (tables included, also another set of tables with only top/bottom/left/right/enclosing radicals) as well as by stroke count.A great bonus especially for beginners is that it offers a "unified radical index", which lists all kanji including any given radical, whether or not it is the primary radical.Also included are instructions how to find radicals, some background information on them, kana systems, historical tables (names of dynasties etc), (foreign) geographical names, a list of the joyo kanji and an on-kun index (romanized index of all readings).

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Slightly user-unfriendly compared to the second edition. The additional indices in the back make reading look up more difficult.