The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary (KKLD)
The 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 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 Learner's Dictionary — iOS Version
The iOS version for the Learner’s edition was released in October, 2013 and is available for download now in the iTunes App Store. The application takes advantage of the iPhone and iPad’s advanced features 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 application on the market today offers such a full range of features in such a stunning, user-friendly interface.