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買い物の会話 – Shopping – ESL Conversation


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A Shopkeeper Asking if You Would Like Help.

The shop clerk:
いらっしゃいませ。
Welcome.

You:
こんにちは!
Hello.

The shop clerk:
何かをお探しですか。
May I help you?

Sample 1
You:
大丈夫です。
No thanks. I’m okay.

Sample 2
You:
見ているだけです。
I’m just looking.

Sample 1
The shop clerk:
何かお困りなことがありましたら、声をかけてくださだい。
If you need help with anything, I’ll just be over here.

Sample 2
The shop clerk:
かしこまりました。ごゆっくりご覧ください。
Okay. Feel free to look around.


Buying Spray Paint

The shop clerk:
写真付きのIDカードを見せて頂けますか?そして、お支払いはどのように致しますか?
May I see some photo id and how will you be paying?

Hidekazu Shoto:
クレジットカードでお願いします。
こちらです。
By credit card please. Here you are.

The shop clerk:
かしこまりました。
Thank you.


At the Key Cutting Counter

The shop clerk:
正頭様?鍵はいくつご希望でしょうか?
How many keys would you like Mr. Shoto?

Hidekazu Shoto:
2つお願いします。
Two please.

Questions

Q1. What does the shop clerk say first?

Q2. How does Mr. Shoto pay for the spray paint?

Q3. How many keys does Hidekazu Shoto want to buy?


Q4. Where do you go shopping?

Q5. Why do shop where you shop?


買い物の会話 ESL Shopping Conversation

Useful Expressions


The Clerk

Irasshaimase.
いらっしゃいませ。
Welcome.

Nanika osagashi desu ka. (Literally means, “Are you looking for something?”)
何かお探しですか。
May I help you?

Ikaga desu ka.
いかがですか。
How do you like it?

Kashikomarimashita.
かしこまりました。
Certainly.

Omatase itashimashita.
お待たせいたしました。
Sorry to have kept you waiting.

The Customer

Kore wa ikura desu ka.
これはいくらですか。
How much is this?

Mite mo ii desu ka.
見てもいいですか。
Can I look at it?

~ wa doko ni arimasu ka.
~はどこにありますか。
Where is ~?

~ (ga) arimasu ka.
~ (が) ありますか。
Do you have ~?

~ o misete kudasai.
~を見せてください。
Please show me ~.

Kore ni shimasu.
これにします。
I’ll take it.

Miteiru dake desu.
見ているだけです。
I’m just looking.

[Noun] wa watashi ni wa [Adjective] kana/kashira/deshou ka.

Kore wa watashi ni wa ookii kana.
これは私には大きいかな。
I wonder if this is too big for me.

~ kashira (used only by female speakers in Japan).
(~かしら)
I wonder if ~

I wonder if [Noun] is too [Adjective] for me.

HOW TO ASK FOR ADVICE

Kono iro watashi ni wa hade kashira.
この色私には派手かしら。
Is this color too loud for me?

Dochira ga ii to omoimasu ka.
どちらがいいと思いますか。
Which do you think is better?

Kono naka de dore ga ichiban ii kana.
この中でどれが一番いいかな。
Which one is the best among these?

Donna no ga ii deshou ka.
どんなのがいいでしょうか。
What do you think is suitable?

HOW TO DECLINE POLITELY

~ no hou ga ii n desu kedo.
~のほうがいいんですけど。
I prefer ~.

Sumimasen kedo, mata ni shimasu.
すみませんけど、またにします。
I’m sorry, but some other time.

HOW TO EXCHANGE ITEMS / RETURN OF A PURCHASE

Saizu ga awanai node, torikaete moraemasu ka.
サイズが合わないので、
取り替えてもらえますか。
The size is not right.
Can I exchange it?

Henpin suru koto ga dekimasu ka.
返品することができますか。
Can I return it?


ESL Resources – Videos

Watch video clips to improve your English language skills. 買い物の会話

Talking about Friends, Food and Shopping

Speed: Slow

Sleeping in; What happened last night?; Tell me about them; Indian food; You want a job?; How much is it? It’s only 42 pounds.


For Shop Owners:

How to Handle Customer Complaints

Speed: A Little Fast


買い物の会話

Items and Where to Buy Them

airtickets – travel agent

alcohol – off Licence

book(s) – book Shop

bouquet – florist’s

bread – baker’s

cd(s)/record(s) – music shop or record shop

continental food – delicatessen

envelope(s) – post office

electrical goods – electrical store

everyday items – department store

fish and seafood – fishmonger’s

fruit and veg – greengrocer’s

groceries – grocer’s

groceries – supermarket

glasses – optician’s

jewellery – jeweller’s

ladies clothes – ladies clothing shop or boutique

magazine(s) and newspaper(s) – newsagent’s

meat – butcher’s

men’s clothes – mens clothing shop or tailor’s

pet – pet shop

sewing things – haberdasher’s

shoe(s) – shoe shop or cobbler’s

toy(s) – toy shop or toy store

toiletries – chemist’s

tool(s) – ironmonger’s

Useful Shopping Phrases

Finding a Shop

Questions

Can you recommend a good shoe/clothing shop?

Is there a bottle shop/market in the area?

Where can I get deodorant/milk?

Where’s the nearest ATM?

Answers

There’s a really good bakery just around the corner.

You can buy those here in the hotel.

The best bookshop is in the mall.

The nearest one is a few kilometers away.

Opening Hours

Questions

Excuse me. What time do you open here in the mornings?

What time do you close tomorrow?

What are your opening hours usually?

Are you open all night?

Are you open on Saturdays?

Answers

We’re open 24/7. (24 hours a day / 7 days a week)

We’re closed between 1 and 2pm.

We’re open from 6am until 8pm, Monday to Friday.

Shopping for Clothes

Questions

Could you help me with this, please?

Could you tell me where the shoe department is?

Excuse me, I’m looking for foil.

Excuse me, is there somewhere I can try this on?

Does this suit me?

Do you have these in a (larger / smaller size; different color)?

Do you do alterations here?

What’s the refund policy on these?

Is this on sale as well?

Answers

They are too long / short.

They are too tight / loose.

The ladies / gents changing rooms are over there.

You can bring it back and exchange it or get a refund within 1 week. If you keep the receipt, that is.

Paying

Questions

Do you take credit cards?

Do you do tabs?

Do you have a discount card?

Does it have a 1-year warranty?

Can I cash cheques here?

Do you offer discounts on cash sales?

Could I have a receipt, please?

Could I leave my suitcase here and pick it up later on?

Answers

We take all major credit cards here.

Sorry but we only accept cash here.

We are offering 1 year free credit without a deposit.

Sorry, we can’t do that.

Certainly.

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