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comment What's the proper way to use 先 versus 前に or 以前?
@oldergod: Dictionaries (and I assume that's where OP got his thing) list 先 as the kanji for さっき, so I guess by the most lenient definition of "acceptable writing" you could use 先, but in practice nobody does.
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comment Is 胡 missplaced in the Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary?
Would you find it surprising if a book with a couple thousand characters in it had one single error in it?
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comment What are the advantages/disadvantages of writing in romaji instead of in kanji and kana?
@sawa: Last word!
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comment What are the advantages/disadvantages of writing in romaji instead of in kanji and kana?
@sawa: Fine, choose any Latin-letter-using natinality or language then, if you don't like examples. I don't have proof for you, but I'm pretty sure that more than half of the literate population of the world knows the latin alphabet.
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comment What are the advantages/disadvantages of writing in romaji instead of in kanji and kana?
@sawa: Imagine you're an American person, and you don't know a single kanji. Which one of the following would you be able to remember and write down the next day? a) "Yoshihiko Noda" or b) "野田佳彦"? What I mean by "opaque" is that even though people won't get the meaning of "field-rice paddy-whatever" (which is completely irrelevant in this case), they'll still be able to remember the word and associate it with a concept. That's the only reason I'm not calling roomaji completely useless.
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comment What are the advantages/disadvantages of writing in romaji instead of in kanji and kana?
@sawa 1. Isn't it pretty obvious that letters you can recognize will be more understandable and memorable (even if opaque), when compared to letters or symbols you don't even recognize? 2. I never said better, please don't put words in my mouth. I'd bet that most Japanese people are able to read and understand romanized Japanese, if need be.
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comment What are the advantages/disadvantages of writing in romaji instead of in kanji and kana?
@sawa: Did you see how I put "read" in quotes? If we take a person who doesn't know Japanese at all, they will be able to understand latin letters more than real Japanese writing. They won't be able to understand the meaning, but they'll be able to recognize and reproduce the text, and perhaps even make an attempt at pronunciation. That's why romanization can be useful for names and whatnot, although the meaning will the opaque if you don't know Japanese. Also, most Japanese people can also read romanized Japanese.