Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Going Shopping in English - Spoken English for Travel

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Hi, Im Marie.

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In this lesson, you can learn useful language for going shopping in English.

Youll see how to ask for things you want, how to talk about prices and discounts, how

to arrange delivery, and how to take something back to a shop.

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But now, lets see how you can use English when you go shopping.

Hello, do you need any help?

Yes, Ive found this blue jacket, but I can only find L and XL sizes.

Do you have it in a medium?

Im afraid were sold out, but we do have the same style in brown.

Its just over here.


Yes, thats nice, too, but I really like the blue.

Will you be getting any more in?

Unfortunately not.

Its the end of the season, so were getting some new styles in from next week.

The ones you see here are the last we have in stock.

If you want, you could check our website; it might be possible to order it online.

Thanks, but I need something for a party this weekend, plus I dont like to buy clothes

without trying them on first.

Sure, I understand.

Would you like to try the brown one on?

Yes, sure.

Where do I go?

The changing rooms are just over there.

In the dialogue, you heard some useful language related to buying clothing.

If you cant find what you need in a shop, what could you say?

In the dialogue, you heard, ‘Do you have it in a medium?’

You could use this question in other ways.

For example: ‘Do you have this in a small?’

Do you have this top in green?’

You could also useIm looking for…’ to say what you want.

For example: ‘Im looking for a formal dress to wear to a wedding.’

Or: ‘Im looking for some running shoes.’

Next, look at three phrases from the dialogue.

Could you explain what they mean?

Sold outmeans that theyve sold everything, so this product isnt available any more.

For example, if you say thatTickets for the concert have sold out’, you mean that

all the tickets have been sold, and you cant buy tickets now.

Get inis a phrasal verb which can meanhave a product delivered’.

Its generally used to talk about shops and products which they sell.

For example, a shop assistant might say, ‘Were getting more sizes in next Monday.’

That means that new products will be delivered next Monday, and youll be able to find

a wider range of sizes.

In stockmeans available, so you can buy the thing.

The opposite isout of stock’.

If a shop assistant saysWere out of stock at the moment’, he or she is telling

you that the product isnt available.

Next, lets see how you can talk about prices, deals and discounts when shopping.

Excuse me?


Im interested in buying these chairs, but I cant see a price tag.

Can you tell me how much they are?

Sure, let me check

] Forty-nine ninety-nine each, or one hundred and eighty-five ninety-nine for the set of


That seems strange.

I saw an advertisement that said theyre buy one get one free.


Thats a different product.

I know the ones you mean; theyre just over here.


Thats what I was looking for.

So, how much are these?

One is seventy-nine ninety-nine, or two nine nine ninety-nine for a set of four.

Of course, with the buy one get one offer, you can buy two for seventy-nine ninety-nine,

or four forwhat would that be?

One sixty.


Ill take the set of four.

What do I do?

Is there a catalogue number?

Yes, just write down the number which is here, or take a picture with your phone.

Pay at the cash register, then go to the collection point to get your products.

I almost forgot: I have a loyalty card.

Does that mean I get a 5% discount?

Normally, yes, but your loyalty discount cant be used with other offers like this.

Yeah, thats what I thought.

Anyway, thanks for your help!

If you want to know how much something costs, you can ask a simple question: ‘How much

is…?’ orHow much are…?’

For example: ‘How much are these shoes?’

How much is this tablet?’

You could also ask in a slightly more formal way, as in: ‘Can you tell me how muchare?’

orCan you tell me how muchis?’

For example: ‘Can you tell me how much these trousers are?’

Can you tell me how much this electric toothbrush is?’

In spoken English, people sometimes dont read full numbers, especially numbers between

one hundred and one thousand.

Instead, they break the number into parts.

So, instead offour hundred (and) forty-nine’, you might hearfour-four-nine’.

This doesnt happen all the time, but its not unusual, either.

For numbers above one thousand, the number is often broken into two parts.

So, instead ofone thousand two hundred (and) seventy-five’, you might heartwelve

seventy-five’, or eventwelve seven five’.

In the dialogue, the shop assistant said that a set of four chairs would cost two nine nine


Two nine nine ninety-nine.

What does this mean?

Can you write down the number?

Lets do some more practice with this quickly.

Youre going to hear five prices, which might use the conversational style you just


After you hear each price, pause the video and write down the number.

Youll see the answers at the end.


Lets start!

Three-two-five fifty.

Fifteen sixty-nine.

Ten ninety-nine.

Eight eight eight thirty.

Two four nine nine.

How was that?


If so, dont worry!

Rewind the video and listen once more.

Youll see the answers in a second.

How did you do?

Could you hear the prices correctly?

Understanding numbers, especially when people read the numbers in this conversational way,

can really help you when youre shopping in an English-speaking country.

Next, lets look at another common task when youre shopping: arranging delivery.

Yes, can I help?


Ive just bought this TV



Its much bigger than I expected.

Im not sure itll fit in my car.

Do you offer a delivery service?

Yes, of course!

Im surprised they didnt mention it to you when you paid.

Thats great!

So, what do I do?

Can I take your receipt, please?

Of course; here you are.

Let me see

The earliest we could deliver it would be next Wednesday.

Does that work for you?

Im at work during the week.

Do you deliver at weekends?

We can deliver on Saturdays, but theres a four-pound charge.

Thats fine.

So, next Saturday, the 29th?

That works, but what time will it be?

We deliver between ten AM and four PM.

You cant give me a more specific time than that?

Im afraid not.

All of our delivery slots are six hours.

I guess Ill have to take it, then.

OK, so you just need to pay the weekend delivery charge, and then we can set everything up

for you.

Can I pay by card?

Of course.

Of course, its more common nowadays to order things online and have them delivered

to your home.

But maybe you want to see your new TV screen in action, try out your new sofa, or check

that your new table will match your living room.

In this case, you might need to arrange a delivery in the shop.

To do this, you could ask: ‘Can I have this delivered?’

Do you offer a delivery service?’

Can you deliver this to my house?’

Quick quiz: you heard one of these three questions in the dialogue.

Which one?

You heard the second one.

However, they all have the same meaning.

You can use any of them!

You might also need to ask more specific questions about the delivery, like: ‘Do you deliver

at weekends?’

What time will it be?’

Do you have any slots available next Friday?’

Does weekend delivery cost extra?’

What does that wordslotmean?

Aslotis a time period when something can happen.

Often, a shop or company will give you a delivery slot, for example from nine in the morning

to two in the afternoon.

You know your delivery will arrive sometime in that window, but you dont know exactly


Now, you can ask about availability, ask about prices, and arrange a delivery if you need


But, what if you have a problem with something you bought in a shop?

Hello, what can I do for you?

Hi, yes, I bought these jeans last week, and Id like to return them.

Do you have your receipt?

Yes, here you are.

Was anything wrong with the jeans?

No, no problem, theyre just the wrong size.

Theyre too small.

Would you like to exchange them for a larger size?

I can check if we have them in stock.

No, thank you.

I decided that I dont like the style so much, either.

Is it possible to get a refund?

Of course.

Do you have the card you paid with?

Cant I get cash?

Im sorry, but we can only issue a refund to the card you paid with.

Alternatively, we can offer you gift vouchers for the same amount.

Fine, put it on the card, then.

No problem.

At the start of the dialogue, you heard: ‘I bought these jeans last week, and Id like

to return them.’

Returncould mean different things.

Generally, you can *replace* something, meaning you get another of the same thing.

For example, if you buy a new phone, and it doesnt work when you take it out of the

box, you might ask to replace ityou get a new version of the same phone.

You could also ask to *exchange* the product you bought, meaning you give back the one

you bought, and take a different one, instead.

Maybe you bought some clothes, but then you decided they dont look as good as you hoped,

and you want to take something different.

Finally, you can ask for a refund, and get your money back.

When you take something back to a shop, you might hear questions like: ‘Do you have

your receipt?’

Was anything wrong with …?’ ‘Would you like to exchange it for something


Lets do a quick practice.

Look at six answers, which belong with these three questions.

Can you match the answers to the questions?

Pause the video and think about your answers.


Lets look!

Remember that you can always go back and rewatch the dialogues or any section of this video

if you need more practice with these words and phrases.

Heres a question for you: what do you like or dislike most about going shopping?

Have you ever had a problem with something you bought in a shop?

What happened?

Share your experiences in the comments, and practise your written English!

Thanks for watching!

See you next time!

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