The English-language study market in Japan is huge, and alongside the more serious stuff there are also some more oddball publications.
From educational publisher Gakken, however, comes an awesome-looking product that, although it’s very much a movie tie-in, takes itself entirely seriously. This is the Star Wars English-Japanese Dictionary for Padawan Learners. Ever wondered how to say “Vader wants us all dead” in Japanese? Well, now’s your chance.
Unlike that other "Star Wars" dictionary we talked about earlier in the year – the one that teaches you to talk like Darth Vader – this is actually a fully functional academic dictionary, using junior high school level English. One thousand words are listed, with example sentences and situations taken from George Lucas’ original trilogy.
So what can Padawan learners get from using this dictionary? There are some great classic lines, like “I have a bad feeling about this” (under the entry for “bad”), and “As you wish” (for “as”), with decent, level-appropriate explanations in Japanese. There are some nice touches, too, like a section on body parts illustrated with C-3PO saying “Curse my metal body!”
The English-Japanese Dictionary for Padawan Learners is of course aimed at Japanese people studying English, but we think it’d be a great addition to any Japanese-study bookshelf, too.
The English-Japanese Dictionary for Padawan Learners (スターウォーズ英和辞典 ジェダイ入門者編) goes on sale Nov 25 for 2,052 yen.
Source and image: Gakken
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