English used when shopping

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.

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.

Other Links for Shopping
XX Shopping Lesson Plan
XX Shopping

To find other conversation activities and dialogues for
English at a store take a look at:

Conversation Made Easy     OR     Talk, Talk, Talk

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