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The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary (KKLD)

The Kodansha Kanji Learner's DictionaryThe highly anticipated second edition of The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (KKLD), published in May, 2013, retains all the features that made the original 1999 parent work so popular, but includes several enhancements. This includes core meanings, detailed character meanings, stroke order diagrams, cross-references to homophones, numerous compounds and examples, and a speedy indexing system. Yet it also includes numerous enhancements, including hundreds of new kanji reflecting recent revisions to the Jōyō and Jinmei Kanji lists (the sets of characters prescribed by the Japanese government for use in writing and in personal names). With 3,002 character entries—772 more than in the first print edition—this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date dictionary of its kind.

With additional new features such as the use of Kana instead of Romanized Japanese, expanded coverage of nanori, or kanji readings found only in names, thousands of additional compounds and other usage examples, and alternative forms of kanji when more than one is considered acceptable, the world finally has a kanji dictionary that addresses current thinking about literacy standards in Japan and one that can be used at every level of study from beginning to advanced.

The Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (KKD)

The Kodansha Kanji DictionaryThe Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (KKD) —a revised, expanded edition published in August, 2013 of Jack Halpern’s groundbreaking New Japanese-English Character Dictionary (published by Kenkyusha in 1990)—is the most complete, linguistically accurate, and up-to-date dictionary of its kind. The culmination of more than a quarter of a century of labor—over 100 man-years—this authoritative and easy-to-use dictionary has been celebrated the world over by students and teachers of the Japanese language for its wealth of detailed information on the meanings and usages of Sino-Japanese characters.

This revised, expanded edition includes the integration of 4,408 entry characters—almost 20% more than in the first edition. This includes all the government-prescribed Jōyō and Jinmei Kanji, as well as other important characters used in literature. The new edition also features more readings, meanings, synonym articles, usage notes, and vocabulary items than before. And, in keeping with modern Japanese-language curricula, character and compound readings are shown in kana instead of romanized Japanese.

The Kodansha Kanji Usage Guide (KKUG)

The Kodansha Kanji Usage GuideWith headwords arranged in Japanese a-i-u-e-o order and thousands of illustrative examples of kanji in context, the Usage Guide is at once a dictionary and a manual—an all-around resource for clarity on kanji used in kun homophones. Armed with this unique guide, learners will discover in kanji new meanings they never knew existed, and learn to write Japanese more articulately than ever before.

Published in 2015, The Kodansha Kanji Usage Guide: An A to Z of Kun Homophones is a new type of reference work that enables learners to deepen their understanding of how kun homophones are used in contemporary Japanese. The first Japanese-English resource devoted exclusively to kun homophones, the book presents detailed usage articles that show the differences and similarities for 675 homophone groups, or 1590 kanji headings—the vast majority of single-character kun homophones in current use.

The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary — iOS and Android

The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary iOS VersionThe iOS version for the revised Learner’s edition was released in October, 2013, and the Android version followed thereafter. The applications take advantage of the advanced features of smart phones and tablets to make the dictionary even easier to use by learners, while still being a faithful adaptation of the print edition. Users can search for characters by SKIP, by radical, by on and kun readings, as well as by English meaning. What’s more, unlike the print edition, users can opt to have Japanese readings displayed in either Romanized Japanese or kana. No kanji dictionary applications on the market today offer such a full range of features in such stunning, user-friendly interfaces.

1 NJECD Kenkyusha 1990 Japanese Domestic Edition
2 NJECD-NTC NTC 1993 International Edition
3 NJECD-EB Nichigai Associates 1995 Electronic Book Edition
4 KALD Kodansha International 1999 Learner's Edition
5 KALD-ED CASIO 2007 Electronic Dictionary Edition
6 KALD-RM POLIROM 2008 Romanian Edition
7 iKALD The CJK Dictionary Institute, Inc. 2012 iOS Edition
8 KKLD Kodansha USA


Revised Learner's Edition
9 KKD Kodansha USA 2013 revised and expanded
10 iKKLD The CJK Dictionary Institute, Inc. 2013 iOS Edition
11 aKKLD The CJK Dictionary Institute, Inc. 2014 Android edition of KKLD
The Kodansha Kanji Usage Guide
KKUG Kodansha USA 2015 First edition
The Kodansha Kanji Usage Guide for iOS
iKKUG The CJK Dictionary Institute, Inc. 2015 iOS edition of KKUG
The Kodansha Kanji Synonyms Guide (forthcoming)
KKSG Kodansha USA 2017 first edition
The Kodansha Kanji Synonyms Guide for iOS (forthcoming)
iKKSG The CJK Dictionary Institute, Inc. 2017 iOS edition of KKSG