Meaning

Primary

Business

Alternatives

Commerce, Trade

Word Type

noun, する verb

Explanation

Selling merchandise is business, commerce, or trade.

Reading

しょうばい
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

This is a jukugo word, which usually means on'yomi readings from the kanji. You've learned them both already!

Context

Patterns of Use

  • 商売を〜
  • 商売〜
  • 商売に〜
  • 商売の〜

Common Word Combinations

  • 商売をする
    to do business
    商売をつづける
    to keep one's business going
    商売を始める
    to start a business
  • 商売上がったり
    business doing poorly
    商売道具
    the tools of the trade
    商売相手
    customer
  • 商売にする
    to make a business of something
    商売につながる
    to lead to business
    商売になる
    to be profitable for business
  • 商売のコツ
    the tricks of the trade
    商売のやり方
    way of doing business
    商売の世界
    the business world

Context Sentences

一しょに商売して一もうけしようぜ!

Let's go into business and make a fortune together!

最近はあのコンビニのせいで、商売あがったりだね。

Business has dried up recently because of that convenience store.

学校卒業後に商売を始めたんですが、すぐに商売をすることは簡単ではないことを学びました。

After leaving school I went into business for myself, but I soon learned that running a business is no easy task.

Kanji Composition