Does anyone have a list, or know of a list of the most commonly used phrases in japanese? The bigger the list the better.

  • sou desu ne/ka <-- your list. In all seriousness though, we try to avoid questions that can't actually have an answer. Good sources for this sort of material would be any basic japanese textbook.
    – jkerian
    Sep 20, 2011 at 20:56
  • @jkerian the problem is I'm looking for a list up to the thousands scale. I'm using this for my program and I would rather not type out thousands of lines from textbooks.
    – mugetsu
    Sep 20, 2011 at 21:12
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    Please clarify your question. I suspect most of the people who voted to close this question did so under the impression that you were a new student looking for an 'efficient' study method. Searching for a technical speech corpus can certainly be considered within the bounds of the site.
    – jkerian
    Sep 20, 2011 at 21:28

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Any JLPT syllabus (such as this one) is likely to contain many common phrases (such as these).


The corpora listed at http://research.nii.ac.jp/src/eng/list/index.html are focused on speech, but that is probably the direction you'd like to go. (written collections will be heavily biased towards 'netspeak' or 'newspaper language')

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