852 Shopping


Rebecca talks about her shopping preferences and an item she recently bought.

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Todd: So, Rebecca, talking about shopping, is shopping something you enjoy doing?

Rebecca: Yes, when I'm in the mood for it. Definitely.

Todd: So I guess when you talk about shopping, we talk about clothes shopping, mainly right, so how often do you go clothes shopping?

Rebecca: Not very often. Maybe once every three months. It depends on my money. If I have the money.

Todd: Do you usually follow the fashions? Try to stay hip, and you know?

Rebecca: No, because sometimes the fashions aren't comfortable. I prefer comfortable clothing.

Todd: So are you a bargain shopper?

Rebecca: I try to be but if there is something that I really, really like, I will save up and buy it.

Todd: For example what is something you saved up to buy?

Rebecca: I saved up to buy a really nice black jacket and I've had that now for two years so it was definitely a good purchase.

Todd: And you bought this in Australia?

Rebecca: Yeah, it wasn't during the sale, so.

Todd: So how much did it cost?

Rebecca: I think it was about two hundred dollars, three hundred dollars. Yeah, so it was quite expensive for me.

Todd: Wow, that is a lot.

Rebecca: Mm.

Todd: Have you ever bought any clothes online?

Rebecca: No, I haven't but my friends have and my friends have bought shoes and dresses and tops and, yeah, they really love shopping online.

Todd: Now, they have no problems? Everything is OK?

Rebecca: Everything is OK. They haven't had any problems at all.

Todd: So how come you don't shop online?

Rebecca: I think I prefer the contact with sales people and seeing dresses and clothes and trying them on. You never know if they're going to fit or not.

Todd: Right. Right.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

in the mood

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When I'm in the mood for it.

The phrase 'in the mood' describes our feelings about doing something. It can be used to talk about the past, present or future.  Notice the following:

  1. I'm in the mood to see a movie.
  2. She wasn't in the mood to talk.

Try to stay hip

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Rebecca follows fashion to try to stay hip.

To 'stay hip' means to stay in style. We can use this term to talk about fashion, music, hairstyles, etc.  Notice the following:

  1. I don't try to stay hip.
  2. He's too old to try to stay hip.

a bargain shopper

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Rebecca is a bargain shopper.

A 'bargain shopper' waits for sales and always searches for the cheapest prices.  Notice the following:

  1. My mom's a bargain shopper.
  2. Are you a bargain shopper?

I try to be

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I try to be, but if I like it, I'll buy it.

We 'try to be' something positive, but we are not always successful.  Notice the following:

  1. I try to be on time, but I'm often late.
  2. If I try to be polite, they don't listen.

You never know

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You never know if they're going to fit.

We use the phrase 'you never know ' when we can't guess about a result or the future in general.  Notice the following:

  1. You never know when you'll get sick.
  2. You'll never know if you don't try.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
in the mood • stay hip • bargains
tries to be • never know
  1. I when the next time I will see you will be.
  2. She relaxed about things, but she gets stressed easily.
  3. You are almost 60 and you still manage to .
  4. She looks for at the end of the season.
  5. Are you for dancing tonight?