Despite your note about why you want romaji readings, I still disagree. Many people have trouble with kana (either forgetting them or slow reading speed) because they do not get enough practice. Even if using kana makes your kanji study a bit slower, I say stick with it. You're effectively practicing kana at the same time.
Romaji is a real crutch that will only hurt you in the long run. If you're struggling with kana readings, that is only more reason to use them.
I have just emailed you a list consisting of joyo kanji with romaji readings.
Kurosawa, have you looked at Heisig's books Remembering the Hiraganga/Katakana? I urge you at least to see if it makes the kana easier for you.
Do what you must to make progress you're satisfied with, but at some point you must switch to kana to be functional in Japanese. I would urge you, if you are continuing with romaji now, to back them up with LOTS of listening practice so you don't develop bad pronounciation habits that will be hard to break later.
stick with kana. struggle with kana. learn with kana.
it takes a while, but in the end it's much, much better.
if you just use kana in the other part, you're essentially going to be using 80% romanji. some words will be katakana, some will be particles, and the rest are kanji... do you see what i'm getting at?
I'm not sure if I would want romaji invading into japanese when I'm reading something written in kanji
I have just emailed you another list, this time with the "ON" readings in capitals. I hope it gets through ok.
I replied to your email because the kanji didn't survive the transfer...
"Who are we to argue?" Well, not chopped liver, to be sure. There's really only one piece of GOOD advice we can give, here ... I really believe anything else is going to hurt the guy more than help. It's been said already, multiple times, but I think it's worth repeating:
If you're having trouble with kana, this isn't a sign you should be looking for ways to use LESS of it in your studies. It means that you should be using MORE of it, and more often.
Of course, so early in your studies, you're going to move more quickly using roman letters. Taking this fact to mean that you should RELY on them is a mistake, though. This isn't like the anti-Heisig crowd that are so vehemently against crutches and "shortcuts" in learning kanji. Kana is genuinely simple to learn, and while it can be frustrating at first ... the sheer speed at which you'll be able to "master" it means that no student should ever shun it. In short, it's just too easy. Stay with the pain, and you'll break through it, within WEEKS.
On the other hand, favoring romaji study-resources only prolongs the period of time in which kana characters seem foreign, difficult, and frustrating to you. The joyou kanji takes upwards of 1-2 years to really get down, if you tackle it head-on. Hiragana and Katakana, on the other hand, should be old friends to you inside of one MONTH ... but only if you're using them.
Seriously, at least with hiragana, it's actually very easy to get a respectable reading speed going. At the moment, I can read hiragana almost as quickly as I can roman letters, simply because I learned it ... and never used anything else afterwards. It didn't take very long. Katakana is a bit more difficult, but this is true even of native speakers.
If you find yourself going too slowly, it means you need PRACTICE ... forcing yourself to rely on kana in every aspect of your Japanese studies is the best way to get it.
Edited: 2007-12-10, 6:07 am
It takes a week or two to learn kana. That's not a lot of time, and it's time well-spent. You seem comfortable with the time investment to learn kanji through RtK, but yet you're not comfortable with spending a small fraction of that time learning a basic alphabet that will help you out a lot?
That just doesn't make sense.
Keep in mind, if you go any further in Japanese, you will need the kana. There are words that do not have associated kanji, and so sentences frequently contain all 3 Japanese alphabets - kanji, hiragana, katakana.
It's not like Chinese where the sentences are all in kanji.
Edited: 2007-12-10, 11:05 am