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English Conversation – Supermarkets

Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 12:05 PM
posted by Jo

Supermarket / Grocery Shopping

This is the preparation material for an English Conversation lesson about supermarkets and grocery shopping. You can watch a video showing a man talking about shopping at supermarkets and what shoppers can do to save money. Discover some typical supermarket-related vocabulary and learn how to answer conversation questions about this useful subject.

Video

  • According to Randall, what should shoppers do to save money?
  • Where did Randall mention as a place where shoppers can find coupons?

Vocabulary

Nouns

Aisle

Cash register/till

Checkout line

Dairy products

Frozen foods

Groceries

Household items

Shopping cart/trolley

Shopping basket

Coupon

Brand

Plastic bag

Shop assistant

Queue

Receipt

Adjectives

Cheap

Expensive

Damaged

Reduced

Discounted

Generic

Bulk

Organic

Environmentally-friendly

Verbs

Pay

Purchase

Buy

Return

Spend

Look for

Browse

Swipe (your credit card)

Containers

  • cans- of tuna, peaches
  • packages- of sausage, gravy mix
  • bottles- of milk, soda
  • box- of cereal, cake mix
  • jars- of jelly, olives
  • cartons- of milk, eggs
  • bags- of chips, cookies
  • tubes- of toothpaste
  • tubs- of butter

Conversation Questions

  • Do you like supermarkets?
  • How often do you do your grocery shopping?
  • Which are better – big supermarkets or small grocery stores?
  • What are the worst things about your local supermarket?
  • What are the best things about your local supermarket?
  • Do you write a shopping list before you go to the supermarket?
  • Do you ever buy organic groceries?
  • What types of food can you find in the frozen foods section?
  • What types of food can you find in the canned goods section?
  • What do you think of the staff in your local supermarket?
  • Can you always find the things you need in a supermarket?
  • What improvements would make your local supermarket better?
  • Would you like to work in a supermarket?
  • What’s your favourite supermarket and why?
  • Do you think there should be rules for children in supermarkets?
  • What do you think supermarkets will be like in 50 years’ time?
  • How much grocery shopping do you do every week?
  • Do you try to buy healthy food?
  • What are typical things you buy at the supermarket?
  • Do you ever use discount coupons?
  • How could supermarkets be improved?
  • Do you think supermarkets will disappear in the future and we’ll have Internet delivery of the things we need?
  • If you had 2 minutes to fill your supermarket trolley for free, what would you fill it with?
  • Do you think supermarkets should stop selling junk food?
  • What do you think about the confectionary items placed near the cash register to tempt children who are waiting with their mothers?
  • What tips can you think of to make sure you are getting the best buy at supermarkets (e.g. testing the products, using coupons, comparing prices at different stores etc.)
  • Can you name five different sections that can be found in a supermarket? (e.g. dairy products)
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