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The Cutest Dictionary of All Times

If I was interested in learning the Japanese language, I could achieve that goal in a few months’ time. Not because I am so smart, but I have the most motivating material to learn the Japanese language. I am not learning Japanese, or intend to learn it in the future, but this dictionary has been one of my favorite passtime items, with its attracting design and concise structure.
As a translator, I collect dictionaries but not only for the language pairs I am working in. I buy dictionaries if they are cheap, or if they are fun, or if they are cute like this one.
“Temel Japonca-Türkçe Sözlük” is written by Oğuz Baykara, a veteran of the Japanese-Turkish linguistic studies, professor at Boğaziçi University. Its hardcover and pages with red-edges and rounded corners give it a sophomoric look.
The first and second pages include a table of hiragana and katakana and the last two pages have a map of Japan, showing cities with a population over 1 million, which is interesting as the map has dat…