Knowing common English phrases and expressions used when shopping is necessary to ensure a great shopping experience.

Shopping! Everyone loves shopping, right? Well, maybe not everyone. But everyone has to do it from time to time to buy the necessities of life- like food and clothes.

Whether you enjoy shopping and spend a considerable amount of time at it or you hate it and get it over with as quickly and painlessly as possible, there are standard expressions that are used. Look at these examples.

English Expressions Used when Shopping
    Clerk: May I be of assistance?
    Customer: Yes, do you have any cork screws.
    Clerk: How can I help you?
    Customer: Where can I find men’s socks.
    Clerk: May I assist you?
    Customer: No thanks, I’m just looking.
    Clerk: Could I help you find anything?
    Customer: Yes please, I need a garden hose.
    Clerk: Do you need anything else?
    Customer: No, thanks.
    Clerk: What size would you like?
    Customer: I need a large.
    Customer: How much are (… the pillow cases)?
    Clerk: They are $19.99.
    Customer: Could you tell me ( … the price of that scanner)?
    Clerk: Of course, it $149.59.
    Customer: Do you have this in another color?
    Clerk: Yes, it also comes in white, yellow and blue.
    Customer: Do you have ( … any cheaper ones)?\
    Clerk: Of course, the ones on that table are only $9.99.


Clerk: How can I help you today sir.
Customer: I need a new suit.
Clerk: Of course, allow me to take a few measurements to determine the size?
Customer: OK.
Clerk: What color would you like?
Customer: Could I see something in dark blue and charcoal?
Clerk: Of course, the dressing room is to the left.
Customer: Thanks, I’ll be out in a minute or two.
Clerk: Have you decided which suit you prefer?
Customer: Actually, I think I’ll take both. They both fit well and look good.
Clerk: Excellent choice, sir. Will there be anything else?
Customer: I’ll may as well get a couple of ties while I am here. I need ties for white and pale blue shirts. Any suggestions?
Clerk: I think these two look good.
Customer: I agree, I’ll take them.
Clerk: Of course, sir.

Practice Activities

Find a partner and role play shopping in a store and practice using English expressions above for shopping. One partner takes the role of the clerk and the other the role of the customer. asking for and giving directions. Use the places below in your conversation.

To find other conversation activities and dialogues for English used when shopping take a look at:
Conversation Made Easy OR Talk, Talk, Talk

Other Links for Shopping
XX Shopping Lesson Plan
XX Shopping