The ideal reference for any student or general learner of Japanese, this dictionary is now in a handy, portable format for people on-the-go or for those traveling to a Japanese-speaking country. With thousands of words, phrases, and translations, this volume includes all the vocabulary you need for the first years of study. It includes thousands of example phrases drawn from real-life situations that help illustrate how translations are really used. It also includes a useful guide on how to write Japanese characters, and Japanese script is used throughout. Finally, this dictionary provides full guidance on the pronunciation and use of Japanese words, such as common te and masu forms of verbs as well as plain and polite forms that are compared and contrasted. Beginning with a helpful introduction to the Japanese language, this work is specially designed for the English speaker learning Japanese, whether in your first year of study or merely in need of a refresher.