Question, is there a Core word list with romaji and translation available? So far I've only seen kana/kanji. Some of us are only learning how to speak, hence the translated words and romaji.
What level of fluency in the language are you aiming to achieve? If your answer is "higher than beginner", I would suggest you reconsider your approach, ditch romaji and learn real Japanese. Attempting to reach a decent level in Japanese with romaji is the equivalent of Japanese people aiming to reach a decent level in English using Hiragana and Katakana. My 2 cents.
If you want to exclusively study speaking and actively refuse to touch reading, then what use is romaji exactly?
Just listen and speak. There's nothing else to it. Romaji will simply confuse you. If reading is useful to you then learn to read Japanese or if it's not, don't.
So do you want to only study aural skills or not?
Reading romaji will only screw up your aural abilities by making you think Japanese phonology is equivalent to English.
So uhh while I don't care much about the romaji debate and please excuse me for going off topic for a moment, but does anyone know why john555 got banned? It happened around the time I stopped bothering to check the forums because of the incessant arguments he started about romaji and old textbooks. Did he ask for his account to be deleted?