English used at a Grocery Store
Knowing English phrases used a a grocery store can make a shopping experience more enjoyable and efficient.
Unless you eat out in restaurants every day of the week, you will find yourself at a grocery store at some time to load up on goodies. As most people know, large supermarkets sell more than just food. They can sell everything from aspirin to zippers.
There are several commonly used vocabulary terms used in a grocery store to talk about
food, food containers and sections in a grocery store. Look at these examples.
cans– of tuna, peaches packages– of sausage, gravy mix
bottles– of milk, soda box– of cereal, cake mix
jars– of jelly, olives cartons– of milk, eggs
bags– of chips, cookies tubes– of toothpaste
tubs– of butter
pound– of hamburger, potatoes bunch– of grapes, bananas
head– of lettuce, cabbage gallon– (quart/pint/liter) of milk
loaf of– bread
Sections in a Grocery Store
check out line
produce- vegetables, fruit
bakery- bread, pastry, rolls,
canned goods- beans, tomato sauce, tuna fish
dairy- milk, cheese, yogurt
meat/fish/poultry- steaks, salmon, chicken
frozen foods- ice cream, pizza, TV dinners
health and beauty aides- shampoo, toothpaste, lip stick
dry goods- toilet paper, paper napkins, laundry soap
Wife: What’s next on the shopping list?
Husband: The kids need breakfast cereal. That’s in aisle 4.
Wife: Two boxes of corn flakes should do it. Do we need any milk?
Husband: Yes, also eggs, bacon and sausage.
Wife: What canned goods are on the list?
Husband: We need 2 cans of tuna, a can of peas, a can of lima beans and some spaghetti sauce.
Wife: If I remember correctly we need pork chops, ground beef and fish, right?
Husband: That’s right, we should also get some chicken.
Wife: What else do we need?
Husband: We should probably get some snacks, like chips or cookies and popcycles.
Wife: Good idea, I also need some cleaning supplies.
Husband: That’s not on the list.
Wife: I know, but I need dish soap, laundry soap and some window cleaner.
Husband: That’s everything. Let’s head to the checkout before we add anything else to the cart.
Wife: I think your right. We already went beyond our budget.
Find a partner and role play shopping at a grocery store. In your conversation talk about what you want to buy, the amount or size and the containers it is it.
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