While studying Chinese I was presented to a a number of lists of most commonly employed characters, which is a truly invaluable resource for beginners and teachers approaching a foreign language.

Soon after I found out such lists exist for a number of idioms (e.g. English, French), from which fascinating discussions regarding geographical and area-specific differences of vocabulary use.

However I cannot find the same (i.e. freely available online resource) for Portuguese language. Please, would anyone know here of some website containing such a database?

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    Most common in which context? You can extract such a list for most corpora in Portuguese. See e.g. this list. For CETEMPúblico: linguateca.pt/acesso/tokens/formas.cetempublico.txt
    – Artefacto
    Jun 20, 2019 at 14:15
  • @Artefacto Thanks for the link, it looks interesting. However, would you know of some unified, comprehensive list which is more user-friendly, and based on a large body of textual sources, such as the ones in the examples from other languages?
    – Scientist
    Jun 20, 2019 at 14:40
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    Linguateca gives access to several corpora, see linguateca.pt/acesso/info_freq_English.php . Also worth checking apparently is www2.lael.pucsp.br/corpora .
    – stafusa
    Jun 20, 2019 at 14:51
  • @stafusa This first link you provide looks more like it. Could you make it an answer? Now, I cannot seem to make the second linked tool work properly.
    – Scientist
    Jun 20, 2019 at 15:08
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    Done. And, now that I took a closer look at that second page, I also don't find it so useful for your purposes.
    – stafusa
    Jun 20, 2019 at 15:47

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As Artefacto pointed out in a comment, Linguateca gives access to several corpora with the frequency information you're seeking. Check their Rank and frequency in Portuguese.

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