Lesson 51: Let’s Go Shopping!

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Dialogue

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: shopping. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Dorothy and Kevin are talking about going to the shopping mall.

Dorothy:
Kevin, I’m going to the shopping mall. Do you want to go with me?
Kevin:
Yes, thanks for asking me. I saw an advertisement for a special offer on clothing.
Dorothy:
Yes, there’s a discount for 50% off.
Kevin:
Which department store is having the offer?
Dorothy:
Macy’s, but I heard it doesn’t include designer clothes like Armani.
Kevin:
That’s okay with me because I think even with the discount designer clothes are still expensive. I do like some brand name clothing like Levi Jeans.
Dorothy:
After we finish shopping I want to do some window shopping.
Kevin:
I like doing that also. Maybe we can get something to eat at the food court after we are finished?
Dorothy:
That sounds like a great idea. I’m sure we will be starving.
Kevin:
Don’t forget to bring your credit card and debit card with you.

Vocabulary

Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

advertisement (n) a notice to promote a product, sale, event, or service
The advertisement about the sales was even sent to me by email.
special offer (n) products that are sold at a lower price; lower than the original price
The store has a special offer for 30% off children’s clothes.
discount (n) a reduced price for something
The school is offering a discount of 10% off all books.
department store (n) a large store that sells different products; usually on different floors or sections
The department store has four floors.
designer clothes (n – plural) brand name clothes that are expensive and made by a famous person
Designer clothes are too expensive for me to buy.
brand name (adj) the name given to a product by the company who makes it
The store has many brand name clothes.
window shopping (n) the activity of looking at products through the window and not physically in the store
He likes to go window shopping at the mall.
food court (n) an area in a building, especially a shopping mall, where there are many restaurants that share a large area of tables for their customers
The food court is located on the top floor of the mall.
starving (v -ing) to suffer from being really hungry
After shopping all day, I was starving for something to eat.
debit card (n) a plastic card similar to a credit card but money is taken directly from your bank account to buy things
I like using my debit card at the supermarket.

Exercise

Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer.

  1. How will you pay for your purchase?
    1. I will pay with cash.
    2. I want to pay half of the bill with cash and the other half with credit.
    3. Your answer:
  2. Are there any special offers available?
    1. Yes, we have a special, buy one and get the second for free.
    2. Everything in the store is 25% off.
    3. Your answer:
  3. What are some of your favorite departments in a department store?
    1. Since I’m a male, I like the men’s and sporting goods departments.
    2. Personally, I like to shop in the garden section.
    3. Your answer:
  4. Can I help you find something in our store?
    1. I’m looking for designer clothes for women.
    2. I need to find clothes for children.
    3. Your answer:
  5. What are some foods you can buy in the food court?
    1. I always like to buy donuts from Krispy Kreme.
    2. My favorite place to eat in the food court is Pizza Hut. They have delicious pizza.
    3. Your answer:

Conversation

Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Do you like to go to the shopping mall? Why or why not?
  2. Which brand name clothes do you like? Why?
  3. Do you like to go window shopping? Why or why not?
  4. Which do you like better, going to the shopping mall or shopping online? Why?
  5. Do you think designer clothes are too expensive? Why or why not?

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

 

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