I recently stumbled upon a Japanese phrase site containing a large number of very common phrases used in everyday life. I realize the site isn’t designed great, but the content is pretty good. The reason I think so is that the quicker you learn the real common language the better you will be able to converse and learn even more through conversation. It is also useful for anyone traveling to Japan as a tourist. Obviously this isn’t for hard-core Japanese language learners as it is written all in English, but it’s a start.