French for Shopping

This is the first in a series of posts drawn from ielanguages.com, an incredible, free on-line French language resource  created by Jennie Wagner, an English lecturer at the Université de Savoie in Chambéry, France.   Jennie has graciously allowed Posted in Paris to repost several of her tutorials.    Make sure you follow the links in each post back to her site for the sound files.

From the French VII tutorial:  follow this link and scroll down the page midway to “Going Shopping” 

Vocabulary

department store la grande surface  
outlet store le magasin d’usine 
second-hand shop la boutique d’articles d’occasion 
discount store le magasin hard discount  
flea market le marché aux puces 
department le rayon
to go window-shopping faire du lèche-vitrine
to go grocery shopping faire les courses
mini market la supérette
supermarket (food) le supermarché
super store (everything) l’hypermarché (m)
shopping center le centre commercial
fitting room la cabine d’essayage
club/loyalty card la carte de fidelité
heels des talons
flip-flops des tongs
tank/halter top le débardeur
underwire bra le balconnet
thong le string
spotted à pois
flowery à fleurs
frilly à frous-frous
glittery à paillettes
striped à rayures

Phrases

Est-ce que je peux vous aider ? / Je peux vous renseigner ? / Vous désirez ? Can I help you?
Non, je regarde seulement.
No, I’m just looking.
Je vais réfléchir.
I’ll think about it.
Quelle est votre taille ? Vous faites du combien ?
What is your size? What size do you wear?
Quelle est votre pointure ? Vous chaussez du combien ?
What is your shoe size? What size shoe do you wear?
Ça va, la taille ? C’est la bonne taille ? Is the size right?
C’est trop grand. / C’est trop serré. It’s too big / too small.
Ça coûte combien ?
How much does this cost?
C’est en solde ?
Is it on sale?
Quelle escroquerie ! / Quelle arnaque !
What a rip-off!
Avez-vous une carte de fidélité ?
Do you have a club card?
Vous réglez comment ? / Vous payez comment ? How are you paying?
En espèces/par carte bleue. Cash/with a bank card.

A good way to increase your vocabulary is to look at ads for stores that are available online, such as Carrefour, Géant, Monoprix, etc.

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