Everyday English Conversations Practice : Lesson 18 – Shopping

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SALESPERSON:

Can I help you?

 

GLORIA:

Yes, I’m looking for a sweater — in a size medium.

 

SALESPERSON:

Let’s see … here’s a nice white one. What do
you think?

 

GLORIA:

I think I’d rather have it in blue.

 

SALESPERSON:

OK … here’s blue, in a medium. Would you like to try it on?

 

GLORIA:

OK … yes, I love it. It fits perfectly. How much is it?

 

SALESPERSON:

It’s $50. It will be $53, with tax.

 

GLORIA:

Perfect! I’ll take it.

 

LANGUAGE NOTES

  • Can I help you? or “May I help you?” is what a salesperson normally says to greet
    a customer.
  • I’m looking for a here means “I don’t know exactly which one I want.”
  • Size medium. Clothing usually comes in small, medium and large sizes. Some
    women’s clothing comes in number sizes, usually ranging from 2 to 16.
  • Let’s see … An expression used when a person wants to think something over, to
    make a choice or decision, or to look for something.
  • I’d rather have it in here means “I don’t like this exact one. I would prefer it in a
    different” color/size/material, etc.
  • Would you like to …? is a polite way to ask “Do you want to …?
  • Try it on means to test the fit or appearance of a garment by putting it on. “Try on” is a
    separable phrasal verb, so the object “it” goes between “try” and “on.”
  • How much is it? means “How much does it cost?” Notice that the main sentence
    stress falls on “is” in this question.
  • I’ll take it means “I will buy it.”

Souce: Embassy of the United States of America


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