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Old 2008-05-30, 15:19   Link #141
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Fansubs are supposed to be free Japanese classes for beginners? :/
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Old 2008-05-30, 16:24   Link #142
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When typing in Japanese on my keyboard i type ha for は, hu for ふ, tu for つ, si for し, tya for ちゃ and so forth because that's a better way of thinking about it when learning Japanese, but if i were translating (names and some other terms are left in Japanese) i would use Hepburn because it's a good assumption that people who would need translations would prefer a romaji style where pronunciation is clear.
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Old 2008-05-30, 22:30   Link #143
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Thanks for the various responses so far. Upon further thought, I'll still be sticking with my current practice. I still think it fundamentally comes down to preferred romanization style. If I had learnt Kunreishiki I might be using that instead (no offence to the native Japanese here, I respect your choice of romanization). I have nothing against others using proper Hepburn - this is simply a stylistic issue for me more than one of catering to the audience.

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This way you're not alienating the folks who don't know enough Japanese to understand why he hears "wa" but sees "ha" in the romaji.
Conversely, you could also say that someone just starting to learn Japanese would be educated by the use of 'ha' romanization where he hears 'wa' in the song. It might be a much smaller crowd, but hey, it's still a possible reason.
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Old 2008-05-31, 08:08   Link #144
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Personally, I think it would make sense to use something that can be translated directly back into Japanese. Even though I don't do this myself 100%... (I don't use "du" for example :p)
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Old 2008-05-31, 15:55   Link #145
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Well, I've been around in fansubbing for 5 years now, buuut you live and learn something new every day

Today, I think I finally got an idea why most of the translators I've come to get to know prefer to stay away from public anime boards.
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Old 2008-05-31, 17:15   Link #146
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Well, I've been around in fansubbing for 5 years now, buuut you live and learn something new every day

Today, I think I finally got an idea why most of the translators I've come to get to know prefer to stay away from public anime boards.
lol, are public anime boards quickly becoming the new youtube comments? Well maybe it's already happened in that fansub documentary thread <_<....
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Old 2008-10-06, 16:25   Link #147
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Sempai vs Senpai

Which is more proper? The phonetic spelling, or the kana-based spelling?
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Old 2008-10-06, 17:02   Link #148
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Using M is just to help gaijin pronounce the N more nasally as it is in Japanese. I prefer senpai but I can understand why someone would want to use sempai.
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Old 2008-10-06, 17:14   Link #149
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Senpai is more proper. That is how it is romanized in the current revision of Hepbern romanization which is also used by the Library of Congress.
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Old 2008-10-07, 08:11   Link #150
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Senpai is correct modern Hepburn romanization and what you would see in any modern textbooks.

Sempai, however, is not really incorrect (as long as you are consistent). Like for example, the newspaper "Asahi Shimbun" still romanizes its name using an "m"
(ref: http://www.asahi.com/english/ ) because it is grandfathered in from the older style. Even though most people would write "shinbun" for the romanization of newspaper, all the old names are still done in the old romanization style.

(the old rule was that you would use an "m" instead of an "n" if the "ん" was followed by "ば" or "ぱ")
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