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Business Japanese

B2-Intermediate

An intermediate-to-advanced course on Japanese used in the workplace. These lessons place a special emphasis on idiomatic and politeness-related expressions and business-related content.

After-Work Drinks

It's 6 o'clock and it's time to go home. But not so fast - it's time to go out to drinks with your coworkers. And don't try to get out of it, because the boss is coming too....

Topics: work, drinks

Going on a Business Trip

You've been working for a while and you've proven yourself to your bosses, so it's about time you get invited on a business trip. How do you accept the invitation? And what things do you need to ask about?...

Topics: business_trip, business_japanese

Looking for a Job

Looking for a job in Japan is no walk in the park. With years of preparation and hundreds of interviews, this process can make even the most motivated feel a bit tired. Learn about how to apply well and interview well in this lesson....

Topics: jobs, job_search, interviews

Answering the Phone at the Office

You can't just go and answer the phone at the office all willy-nilly. No, answering the phone in Japanese offices requires a certain level of decorum. Learn some tips of the trade in this lesson....

Topics: work, telephone, office, polite_language

Drinking with the Boss

You're done with work and your boss has invited you out for drinks. But don't worry about keeping up that formal facade - it's time to let your hair down a little and tell them how things are actually going.  ...

Topics: work, drinking, business

Hourensou (Not Spinach)

"Hourensou" means "Spinch" in Japanese, but no, we're not talking about what sort of salad you brought to the office for lunch. Check out this lesson to learn about this Japanese expression that is commonly used in the office....

Topics: work, office, business, work_flow

Requesting Annual Leave

Asking for your hard-earned vacation can sometimes a bit stickier than you'd like. How do you ask to take some time off without coming off as a slacker, especially in a strict and sober Japanese work environment?...

Topics: vacation, work

Proverbs

Meeting sales targets can be a seemingly insurmountable task for many of us. But with a little bit of persistance, and maybe some advice in the form of a proverb, you'll be top of the pack in no time....

Topics: sales, office, proverbs

At the Reception Desk

You've shown up to the reception desk. Now what? Learn how to appropriate interact with a receptionist in order to get to your meeting in this lesson....

Topics: business, reception_desk, appointment

A Late Delivery

You had everything lined up perfectly, but Murphy's Law has taken effect and now the delivery is delayed. How do you tell your boss about the bad news and what should you do to fix the situation?...

Topics: business, deliveries

Order Mistake

Try as we might, sometimes we mess up. You thought you checked the order form twice, but apparently you didn't and now you have a problem on your hands. How do you break the news to your boss and how do you make sure you don't let it happen again?...

Topics: business, orders, mistakes

Declining a Request to Work Overtime

Working overtime is unfortunately a reality of working in Japan, but what do you say when you truly cannot stay longer?...

Topics: overtime, declining

Yoisho

Working in a Japanese office can often mean long, difficult hours. To make sure everyone doesn't go crazy, "yoisho" or giving morale-boosting support to coworkers is widely shared. Learn about how to participate in this office more with this lesson....

Topics: office, motivation, compliments, golf

Breaking the Ice

"Let's get down to business"? Hold your horses! Before you talk business in Japanese, it's important to first break the ice. Learn how to do so with this lesson....

Topics: business, conversations

Exchanging Business Cards

Exchanging business cards is a highly important, and ritualized, part of business interactions in Japan. Learn how to conduct yourself flawlessly in these situations, even fi you can't read the characters of the other person's name, with this lesson....

Topics: introductions, business_cards

Visiting a Boss’s House

Though traditionally a rare occurance, visiting a boss's home has become more and more common in Japan as of late. But just becuase you've been invited doesn't mean that you can act wontonly. Learn how to conduct yourself respectfully in this delicate scenario with this lesson....

Topics: visiting_a_home, interacting_with_your_boss

Making a Business Appointment

Cold calling a company in Japan to get an appointment is no laughing matter: you need to make sure you have your script down pat. Learn some key phrases and expressions for this sort of situation with this lesson....

Topics: appointments, phone_calls

Resigning from a Job

Resigning from a job can be delicate business. Make sure you know how to break the news lightly with this lesson on telling your boss you're through....

Topics: resigning_from_a_job, talking_to_the_pass

Late for Work

It's happened again: you're late for work. Yes there are reasons, and yes you are going to tell your boss, but make sure you apologize first and foremost. And please, try not to be late again......

Topics: work, late