How to use a Japanese-english dictionary?

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How to use a Japanese-english dictionary?

Post by dragon89 » Mon 09.15.2008 10:40 pm

I sure hope this is the right sub-forum. Anyways, I have a rather dumb question. I recently bought a Oxford Japanese/english dictionary. I can use the english-japanese part just fine but I'm not sure how to use the English-Japanese half. What order are the words in? Thanks in advance!

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Re: How to use a Japanese-english dictionary?

Post by richvh » Mon 09.15.2008 10:54 pm

I'm not familiar with that dictionary, but my guess is that it is in kana table order. (If it were in alphabetical order (the way the Kenkyusha J-E dicationary is) I doubt you'd be having a problem, and I don't think any modern dictionary uses iroha order.) Kana with voice marks and small kana are grouped with the unmodified kana, so げ comes after け but before けい; きょ comes after きよ but before きゆ, etc.
Richard VanHouten

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