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Everyday Conversations: Shopping

Luglio 2016
Siete all'estero, entrate in un negozio e… dovete chiedere di provare quel bellissimo vestito visto in vetrina. Cosa fate? Potete usare i gesti, sì, oppure memorizzare questo utilissimo dialogo!

di Share America

File audio:

Speaker (Standard American accent)

Around the town: shopping.

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.

NOW LET'S REVIEW THE VOCABULARY

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.”

Thanks to: https://share.america.gov/


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