International announced the publication of
Jack Halpern's The Kodansha Kanji
Learner's Dictionary (KALD) in February 1999, it has been reprinted 10 times in
three editions. Sales of the KDPS series of Kanji Learner's Dictionaries have reached
nearly 100,000 copies.
In March 2007 Casio finally announced the release of the long-awaited Electronic Dictionary edition of KALD, and in April of 2012 The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary for iOS was released.
These dictionaries are widely-used, popular reference works for
learning Japanese throughout the world. Because KALD is a highly effective learning aid,
some universities even require every student and every teacher to use it.
KALD is based on the world-renowned NTC/ Kenkyusha
New Japanese-English Character Dictionary (NJECD), which has become a standard reference
work and has enjoyed the praise of world-renowned scholars and
countless learners of Japanese worldwide. Beautiful, portable, and a joy to use, this
dictionary was created with passion and no compromises of its high quality. Every learner of Japanese will want to have one
by his or her side.
We have recently launched a new project to create a similar dictionary for Chinese hanzi. Because of the excellent reputation of KALD and with the number of Chinese learners in the world exceeding 30,000,000, we expect this to become a very popular dictionary.
Long-awaited ... this dictionary fully meets the
practical needs of beginning and intermediate students."
President, Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language