French shopping phrases
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Les achats et courses

Once you learn the French names for shops and businesses – and the importance of saying bonjour – you just need to know what to say when faced with all that merchandise! Here are some useful phrases related to shopping in French. Click the links for verb conjugations or sound files.

Useful French shopping verbs

acheter to buy
avoir to have
chercher to look for
dĂ©penser to spend
essayer to try on
rendre to return (an item)
trouver to find
vendre to sell
vouloir to want

Let’s go shopping!

For necessities
 faire les / des courses to go food shopping, run errands
For fun
 faire les / des achats to go shopping
 faire les magasins    "   "
 faire du shopping    "   "
For free
 faire du lèche-vitrines to window shop

What the clerk might say …

Je peux vous aider ? May I help you?
Qu’est-ce que vous cherchez ? What are you looking for?
Je vous Ă©coute. (Go ahead) I’m listening.
J’arrive I’ll be right there/back
Quelle pointure faites-vous ? What’s your shoe size?
Quelle taille faites-vous? What’s your (clothing) size?
C’est pour offrir ? Is it a gift?

What you might respond …

Je voudrais …
J’aimerais …
 I would like…
Combien coĂ»te … ? How much does … cost?
Avez-vous …? Do you have …?
   trop grand
   trop petit
 It’s …
   too big
   too small
Je regarde seulement, merci. I’m just looking, thanks.

Miscellanous French shopping terms

bon marchĂ© inexpensive (click for lesson and synonyms)
un caddie shopping cart (upright, pulled)
un chariot shopping cart (pushed)
un Ă©chantillon sample, tester
un sac bag
les soldes twice-annual sales (learn more)

Ă€ la caisse – At the register

payeren espèces, en liquide to paycash
avec une cartewith a credit card
avec des chèques de voyagewith traveler’s checks
la monnaie change (back from what you paid)
le reçu receipt

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