Shopping is an
important part of our daily life's. When you enter a shop, store or
supermarket a shop assistant might come to and ask you one of following
Can I help you?
May I help you?
Is there anything I can
do for you?
Hello sir/ madam how may
I help you today?
Can I help you find what
you are looking for?
Are you looking for
anything in particular?
answer some of these questions :
Yes please. I am trying
to find some baby food.
Yes. Can you tell me if
you sell toothpaste?
OK, please tell me where
I can find shampoo?
you might want to ask:
you help me?
Is it OK to ask you something?
leaving the store, the shop / sales assistant or checkout worker might
ask the following questions.
Did you manage
to find everything you wanted?
Is that all?
Is that everything?
Do you need anything else, madam / sir?
Will that be all?
can use the following answers.
Yes, that's it.
Can I pay my bill now, please?
Yes, that's all for today. Thank you.
Speaking tips:Remember to be
polite. Use the words like 'please', 'thank-you' and 'excuse me'.
You will use
'please' when you are asking somebody for something.
use 'thank you' when you have received something.
use 'excuse me' before you interrupt somebody.
Sometimes you will have to ask for help if you cannot find
the product that you are looking for or asking for the various ways to pay for
that will be useful when shopping.
Have you got? =
Have you got any toothpaste?
Do you have? = Do you have any first aids kits?
Which aisle is the tooth paste in? (Aisle is the walk way between the shelves)
Can I pay using my visa credit card? = Using your credit card or bank card to pay for
Can I have a plastic bag to put my shopping in, please? = plastics bags used to carry your shopping in.
Some supermarket’s you need to ask for plastic bags, most times you will not
have to ask for them.
is the high street?
The 'high street' is where most of the shops in towns and cities are located. British
high streets now look more alike, with the same large chain stores in all major
towns and cities, which sell clothes, shoes and electronic goods. There are
still smaller family run stores, which specialise in certain goods and
Butcher’s shop (sells meat)
Baker’s or bakery (sells bread and cakes)
Greengrocer’s (sells fruit and vegetables, also known simply as the ‘grocer’s’)
Stationer's (sells paper, pencils, pens, printer cartridges and things for an office)
Chemist's or Drugstore (sells medicines and toiletries)
Hardware store(sells equipment and tools that you use in your home and yard: nails, screws also paint, glue,etc.)
Newsagent's(sells newspapers and magazines and also cigarrettes and sweets).
Off-license(sells only alcohol such as beer, wine and spirits. Many off-licenses also sell confectionary and cigarettes).
Supermarket: A large store that sells many different kinds of food and things people need for the house.
Corner shop: A small shop near your heme that opens very long hours and sells food and important things.
is a local corner shop?
Towns and cities
across the UK often have a small local corner shop (convenience store) that normally stays open for
very long hours, seven day a week, and stocks many essentials such as milk,
bread, some basic foods and toiletries.
Stores that sell different types of goods: Convenience store: A store where you can buy food, newspapers, etc., that is often open 24 hours each day. Also known as small local corner shop. Department store: A large store that sells many different products, such as clothes, kitchen equipment, etc.
Chain store:One of a group of stores owned by the same company.
Superstore:A very big store, especially one that has many different types of products, or one that has a lot of one type of product.
Fruit juice, beverages, drinks: apple juice, orange juice, grapefruit juice,
lemon juice, tomato juice, fresh fruit juice, frozen fruit juice;
tea, green tea, black tea, tea with milk,
iced tea, herbal tea, mint tea, Indian tea; coffee, instant coffee, espresso, cappuccino,
decaffeinated coffee / decaf, coffee with milk, coffee with cream,
half-and-half, black coffee; cocoa, hot chocolate, milkshake;
Water, soft drinks: mineral water, spring water, soft drinks,
soda water, lemonade, cider, ginger ale;
Alcoholic drinks / liquor: beer, wine, red wine, white wine, champagne;
vodka, cognac, brandy, whisky, liqueur; cocktail, punch;
A bag of: a bag of potatoes, a bag of
oranges, a bag of dog food, a bag of potato chips;
A bar of: a bar of chocolate, a candy bar, a
bar of soap;
A bottle of: a bottle of milk, a bottle of
mineral water, a bottle of grapefruit juice, a bottle of red wine, two bottles
of beer, a bottle of ketchup, a bottle of soy sauce;
A bowl of: a bowl of breakfast cereal, a bowl
of cornflakes, a bowl of salad, a bowl of soup;
A box of: a box of spaghetti, a box of corn
flakes, a box of crackers, a box of cookies, a box of chocolates, a box of
A bunch of: a bunch of parsley, a bunch of
carrots, a bunch of radishes, a bunch of flowers;
A can of: a can of green peas, a can of
olives, a can of tomato soup, a can of sardines, a can of beer, a can of hair
A carton of: a carton of milk, a carton of
fruit juice, a carton of eggs, a carton of cigarettes (ten packs of
A container of: a container of sour cream, a
container / a cup of yogurt;
A cup of: a cup of coffee, a cup of tea, a
cup of soup, a (plastic) cup of coffee;
A dozen: a dozen eggs, two dozen eggs, a
dozen oranges, a dozen bread rolls, a dozen hamburger buns;
A gallon of: a gallon of milk, a gallon of
A glass of: a glass of milk, a glass of beer,
a glass of wine;
A head of: a head of cabbage, a head of
cauliflower, two heads of garlic;
A jar of: a jar of coffee, a jar of
mayonnaise, a jar of raspberry jam, a jar of pickles;
A loaf of: a loaf of bread, a loaf of French
bread, two loaves of rye bread;
A mug of: a mug of beer, a mug of coffee;
A package of: a package of hot dogs, a
package of chicken legs, a package of sesame rolls, a package of cookies, a
package of cottage cheese, a package of popcorn, a package of beans, a package
A pack of: a pack of chewing gum, a pack of
cigarettes, a pack of cards; a six-pack of beer, a twelve-pack of mineral
water, a twin pack;
A piece of: a piece of bread, a piece of
cake, a piece of pie, a piece of fruit;
A pint of: a pint of blueberries, a pint of
cream, a pint of beer;
A pound of: a pound of meat, three pounds of
ground beef, a pound of cheese, a half pound of butter, two pounds of tomatoes;
A quart of: a quart of milk, a quart of apple
juice, two quarts of orange juice;
A roll of: a roll of toilet paper, a roll of
paper towels, a roll of foil, a roll of film;
A slice of: a slice of bread, a slice of pie,
a slice of pizza, a slice of cheese, a slice of meat; a slice of tomato;
A teaspoon of: a teaspoon of instant coffee,
a teaspoon of syrup; a tablespoon of salt; Sugar: a lump of sugar; two lumps of sugar; a
cube of sugar; a teaspoon of sugar; a spoonful of sugar;
A tube of: a tube of mustard, a tube of hand
cream, a tube of shampoo, a tube of toothpaste;
One, two, five: two fish, four salmon steaks,
five frozen hamburgers, three cinnamon buns, six oranges.
1 ounce (oz.) = 28.35 grams (g)
1 pound (lb.) = 16 ounces = 453.6 grams
2.2 pounds = 1 kilogram (kg)
1 pint (pt.) = 0.473 liters (L, l)
1 quart (qt.) = 2 pints = 0.946 liters
1 gallon (gal.) = 4 quarts = 3.785 liters
Inside a clothes shop.
General questions you can ask in a clothing store.
Can you tell me where the dressing room is?
I can't seem to find my size.
Can you help me look for it please?
Do you have this in different colours?
Where is the black shirt you have on display in the shop window?
How much is this jumper?
Will you be having a sale soon?
Where is the matching shirt for this skirt?
When are you going to get more sizes?
I'm looking for a belt that will go with these pants.
Doe's the shop have alteration service?
What will it cost be if I get the skirt altered?
When will you start selling your winter clothes collection?
What day will you be getting your winter clothes collection?
How to answer some of the above questions.
The dressing room is on left at the bottom of the store.
The dressing room is over there next to the jeans.
All our jumpers are located next to the t-shirts at the front of the store.
We get new stock every Monday, so I if you want to try next week.
Yes the store does have alterations ask at the information desk.
Alterations, start from six pounds.
Alterations normally takes one week, but can be quicker depending on our work load. If you leave the shirt today you will be able to pick them up next Friday.
We'll have our winter collection on show late October.
A house is a building that functions as a home. Most
conventional modern houses will at least contain a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen
or cooking area, and a living room. Each
room has a different function & contains a lot of objects inside…
1. The Living Room
NOTE:BrE = British EnglishNAmE = Native American English
The living room is the place in the
house you're most likely to "hang out" in. It usually has a couch, chairs, and most
importantly TV's, VCR's,
stereos, and video game consoles and games.
Objects in the Living Room
·Carpet - This can be used to cover an entire floor to
make it softer to walk on.
·Rug- This is like a carpet but doesn’t usually cover
the entire floor.
/ couch - This is a large, soft chair,
usually meant for several people to sit on
table - This is a
low table typically placed in front of a sofa.
/ TV - You’ll often
find this in a living room as a main source of entertainment for the family.
stand- What piece
of furniture does a TV usually rest on.
table - This is a
small table placed beside couches for drinks, books, etc.
iron / poker- This a long,
metal instrument used to tend a fire.
/ pull-out sofa / sofa-bed- This is a
type of sofa that can be unfolded to become a bed, in case you have a guest
bag- This is a
squishy, shapeless chair filled with beans, beads, or something similar.
2. The Kitchen
A kitchenis a room or part of a room used for cooking and food
preparation in a dwelling or in a commercial establishment. The main function
of a kitchen is serving as a location for storing, cooking and preparing food
(and doing related tasks such as dishwashing), but it may also be used for
dining and entertaining.
Objects in the Kitchen
Kitchen is where all the furniture and appliances come
together in a package, rather than separate.
Here are some furniture and
kitchen utensils & appliances you can find in the kitchen
·A kitchen table and chairs
·Kitchen cupboards (for storage) at eye level fixed to the wall, or
at floor level
·A fridge and perhaps a freezer; or a fridge-freezer (a
large fridge with a small freezer built in – often there are three freezer
"drawers" for example)
·A cookerwhich consists of an oven (for cooking
roast meat, or baking cakes, etc) and a hob (four or five rings for cooking
·Measuring Cup : Use a measuring cup to measure how much of each
ingredient you need to use in the recipe. Many measuring cups are labeled in
cups, ounces and milliliters.
·Can Opener : There is also an automatic type called an
electric can opener.
·Peeler: Use a peeler to peel (remove the skin from)
fruits and vegetables.
·Grater : Use a grater to grate or shred food into small
·Colander: A colander is often used to drain (remove the
extra water) from cooked pasta.
·Sieve / Strainer: A sieve or strainer is often used to separate
liquids from solids.
·Whisk: A whisk is used for mixing.
3. The Bathroom
A bathroom is a room in the home for personal hygiene
activities, generally containing a sink (basin) and either a bathtub, a shower,
or both. In some countries, the toilet is included in this room, for ease of
plumbing, whereas other cultures consider this insanitary, and give that
fixture a room of its own.
Items in the Bathroom
·Bathtub: a container that is filled with water to
take a bath (or to take a shower).
·Comb: a flat piece made of plastic or metal
with teeth to help make one's hair neat / tidy.
·Faucet: a device that controls the flow of water
from a pipe.
·Hair brush (brush): A metal or plastic object that has
bristles and is used to make one's hair neat and tidy.
·Liquid soap: a liquid substance that is used with
water to get the body clean.
·Mirror:a piece of glass that reflects an image.
·Sink: a wide bowl that has a faucet and a drain
to let the water out. It is usually attached to the wall or is positioned on
top of a pedestal.
·Toilet: a large bowl that you sit on that
collects bodily waste which is flushed away through a pipe with water.
·Toilet paper: thin sheets of paper that is used to
wipe the body after one uses the toilet.
·Toothbrush:a plastic object with a handle an bristles that
is used to clean the teeth.
·Toothpaste:a creamy substance that's used to clean the
·Towel: a piece of fabric, usually made of cotton, for
drying the body.
4. The Bedroom
As its name, a bedroom in the house is where people sleep.Furniture and other items in bedrooms vary greatly, depending on
taste, local traditions and the socioeconomic status of an individual.
some typical furniture and items can be found in the bedroom:
·Dressing table : a piece of bedroom furniture with
drawers and a mirror, that you use while dressing or putting on makeup, etc.
·Bed : a piece of furniture on which you sleep
·Bedspread : a decorative cloth put over a bed, on
the top of all the other covers.
·Blanket: a large piece of cloth, often made of wool,
that you use on a bed to keep you warm.
·Pillow : a rectangular bag made of cloth that is
filled with soft materials, and is used to rest your head on when you are
·Alarm clock: a clock that wakes you up at specified time.
·Wardrobe("closet" in American English) : a
large piece of furniture or a space in a wall with a door where you hang your