Business Japanese Katakata: Top 10 most common phrases

There are many Business Japanese Katakana words that are difficult to guess their meanings just by pronouncing them.

Which is strange because there are so many examples of Katakana words being easy to understand.
For example, “ハンドル” comes from the English word ” handle” and “ミルク” comes from the English word ” milk”

However, some Katakana words are usually expressed in short forms which make them difficult to understand just by looking at them.

Moreover, some words mean differently from how it sounds like.

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Let’s look at 10 Interesting Business Katakana Words! – Can you guess their meaning?

1. ダブルブッキング

ダブルブッキング means “schedule conflict”.
E.g: 予定がダブルブッキングします。
Yotei ga daburubukkingyu shimasu
There is a schedule conflict.

Interesting Business Katakana words - ダブルブッキング "schedule conflict"


2. プレゼン  (プレゼンテーション)

プレゼン is the short form of the word “プレゼンテーション”.  It originates from the English word”presentation”
E.g: 明日プレゼンをします。
Ashita purezen o shimasu
I will make a presentation tomorrow.

Interesting Business Katakana words プレゼン "プレゼンテーション" presentation


3. ブレスト (ブレーンストーミング)

ブレスト is the short form of the word “ブレーンストーミング”.  It originates from the English word”brainstorming”
E.g: ブレストしてみましょう。
Buresuto shitemimashou
Let’s brainstorm

Interesting business katakana words ブレスト "ブレーンストーミング" presentation


4. サラリーマン

The word サラリーマン refers to office worker, it is originated from the English words “salary” and “man”
E.g: 私はサラリーマンです。
Watashiwa sarari-man desu.
I am an office worker.

Interesting business katakana words サラリーマン Office worker


5. クレーム

The word クレーム refers to complaint. It is originated from the English word “claim” Be careful to avoid using クレーム for claiming something.
E.g: クレームを受けた
Kure-mu o uketa
I got a complaint.

Interesting business katakana words クレーム complaint


6. コピペ  (コピーアンドペースト)

コピペ is the shortform of コピーアンドペースト. It means to copy and paste.
E.g: テキストをコピペしてください
Tekisuto o kopipeshite kudasai
Please copy and paste the text

Interesting business katakana words コピペ  (コピーアンドペースト) copy and paste


7. コスパ  (コストパフォーマンス)

コスパ is the short form of the word コストパフォーマンス, it refers to cost performance
E.g: コスパがとてもいいです
Kosupa ga totemo iidesu
The cost performance is very good.

 Interesting business katakana words コスパ  (コストパフォーマンス) cost performance

8. ソフト  (ソフトウェア)

ソフト is the shortform of  the word ” ソフトウェア, it refers to software. ソフトalso means softcream(ソフトクリーム)
E.g: ソフトをインストールしてください。
Sofuto  o instu-ru shitekudasai
please install the software.

Interesting business katakana words ソフト  (ソフトウェア) software


9. アポ  (アポイントメント)

The word アポ is the short form of the word アポイントメント, it refers to appointments.
E.g: アポをとりました。
Apo o torimashita
I made an appointment.

Interesting business katakana words アポ  (アポイントメント) Appointment


10. アンケート

アンケート refers to questionnaires, it is originated from the France word “enquête”.
E.g: アンケートに答えてください。
Anke-to ni kotaete kudasai
Please answer the questionnaire.
Interesting Business Katakana words アンケート questionaire



1.バッティング          Battingu           Schedule Conflict
2.プレゼン           Purezen           Presentation
3.ブレスト           Buresuto           Brainstorming
4.サラリーマン          Sarari-man           Office Worker
5.クレーム          Kure-mu           Complaint
6.コピペ            Kopipe           Copy And Paste
7. コスパ           Kosupa          Cost Performance
8.ソフト           Sofuto          Software
9.アポ           Apo           appointment
10.アンケート          Anke-to           Questionnaire

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Now that you are familiar with these interesting business Katakana words, try to use these words when talking to your friends and colleagues to impress them!

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