Learning to speak English? Our Everyday Conversations help you practice. Click the audio link to hear a native speaker pronounce each word while you read. Key terms are explained, in your language, at the end of each conversation. Today’s conversation is about 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.
- 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.”