The Kodansha Kanji Synonyms Guide
THE KODANSHA KANJI SYNONYMS GUIDE is the first-ever reference work to group together kanji characters that are related in meaning but different in detail. Arranged alphabetically by concept, these groupings let intermediate and advanced learners focus on the often-subtle differences and similarities between them. The book is based on a systematic approach and a firm theoretical foundation, which allows users to quickly find characters from their meanings, and then study those meanings in contrast to other, connected characters. A grasp of the relationships between words and expressions is key to a deeper understanding of how kanji are used in contemporary Japanese.
Editor-in-Chief Jack Halpern, a renowned lexicographer and author of the best-selling Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, has organized the information in a practical, easily-accessible way. The English group headword, expressing the shared concept, plus the individual related kanji characters are prominently displayed at the top of each section. The synonym keyword, usually a core meaning, is designated by a symbol and appears in bold, along with a “KKLD number,” which refers the user to the character’s entry number in The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (a useful tool but not necessary to effectively using the SYNONYMS GUIDE). Character meanings are given in English and show how each kanji relates to the others in the group. Halpern includes two indexes to help users locate a character: an On-Kun index, which lists the characters alphabetically by the on (Chinese-derived) and kun (native Japanese) readings; and a Group Index, which lists the keywords alphabetically for quickly finding their synonym group.
Like The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary and all of Jack Halpern’s previous publications, THE KODANSHA KANJI SYNONYMS GUIDE is an innovative, authoritative, and impeccably-prepared resource that will help Japanese language learners deepen their knowledge of written Japanese, and provide educators and scholars with an invaluable source of reference data.