My name is Michaela and I am originally from Poland. For the past five years, I have worked for an international company in the retail sector. One of the things I love most about my job is that I travel a lot, and travelling is by far one of my biggest hobbies. Once I finish up with work-related activities I enjoy going to malls, antique stores, markets, and anywhere else I can get my hands on unique items. And if I'm on holiday, well, then you'll find me spending my days looking for the best deals.
Years ago I had a difficult time shopping in English-speaking countries because I just wasn't very secure with my vocabulary. And I definitely don't want to get bogged down in language difficulties when making an important transaction for that perfect pair of shoes or stylish set of cushions! This is especially true at markets and bazaars as the price isn't fixed so I haggle and bargain to my heart's content. Instead of letting a language barrier stand in my way, I started collecting some useful phrases to up the enjoyment I get when shopping in English.
This is a great one because often I am just looking. When I'm on the hunt for a bargain price, this line can help create the illusion that I'm not interested so the merchant gives me a better price to hook me.
This phrase won't get you anywhere in retail shops with fixed prices. However, if you are in a position to haggle this phrase coupled with a raised eyebrow could get the store holder to lower the price.
Have you ever left a store because you didn't know how to express these questions in English? I know I used to let shyness get the way of a good purchase, but not anymore!
Sometimes you know exactly what you want but don't know where to find it in the store. This phrase helps speed up the process of getting the items you want.
Look for words like "sale" or "two for one". "Clearance sales" and "closing down sales" are sure to have extremely low, bargain prices.
retail sector - the part of a country's economy that is made up of bussinesses that sell goods through stores, on the internet, etc. to the public
by far - by a large amount (They have by far the largest family in the village)
get one’s hands on – to get or obtain, to catch
be bogged down – to become so involved in something difficult or complicated that you cannot do anything else / to be prevented from making progress
a cushion - bag of cloth filled with soft material, eg feathers etc.
transaction - a business deal
to haggle - to argue about the price of something, or about the terms of an agreement
to bargain - something bought cheaply and giving good value for money
to hunt - to chase (animals etc) for food or for sport
the merchant - a person whose job is to buy and sell products
to raise - to move or lift to a high(er) position
shyness - lacking confidence in the presence of others