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.

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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. (lesson)   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 ? (lesson)   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©   (lesson)   inexpensive
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

payer en espèces
en liquide
  to pay cash
avec une carte with a credit card
avec des chèques de voyage with traveler’s checks
la monnaie   change (back from what you paid)
le reçu   receipt

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