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This article will teach you about the basic French vocabulary you will need for when you go shopping. I will firstly discuss shopping for clothes and items, and then discuss food shopping. Shopping in France may be a bit overwhelming when the sizes are different, and the food is different as you may have to ask for help. This article will therefore cover all problems you may encounter and enlighten you on how to ask certain questions and will help you learn the vocabulary for different types of foods.
Here is a size guide for when you are shopping for clothes in France;
UK: 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28
France: 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56
Small in Uk (34) is 87 in France, Medium in UK (36) is 91 in France, Large in Uk (40) is 102 in France, XL in UK (42) is 107 in France, XXL in UK (46) is 117 in France.
Now you are ready to shop, you may need to ask these questions:
Combien est-ce que ça coûte? – How much does it cost ?
Je cherche … pouvez-vous m’aider ? – I’m looking for … could you help me ?
Avez-vous cet article dans une taille plus grande/plus petite ? - Do you have this item is a larger size/smaller size?
Où sont les cabines d’essayages ? – Where are the fitting rooms?
Also if someone asks if you need any help; Avez-vous besoins d’aide? You can reply; Je regarde pour l’instant, merci.
Un cadeau – a present, un offre spéciale – a special offer, soldes – sales, bon marché – cheap, cher – expensive, pas cher – inexpensive, prix – price, un sac/sachet – a plastic bag, la caisse – the till, un achet – a purchase.
Food Shopping vocab :
Une épicerie – a grocery store, une boulangerie – a bakery, un boucher – a butcher’s, l’allée – aisle, le code-barres – the bar code, la confiserie – confectionary, les produits surgelés – frozen food, le panier – shopping basket, un chariot – a trolley.
Un chou – cabbage, Un chou-fleur – cauliflower, Un poireau – a leek, Une laitue – a lettuce, Un poivron – a pepper, Un pamplemousse – a grapefruit, des fraises – strawberries, des framboises – raspberries, des pâtes – pasta, du jus – juice, du jambon – ham, des œufs – eggs, du riz – rice.
Questions you may need to ask :
Où est-ce que je peux trouver … ? - Where can I find .. ?
Est-ce que cette caisse est ouverte ? – Is this till open ?
Est-ce que je peux payer par carte ? – Can I pay with card ?
À quelle heure est-ce que ce supermarché ouvre/ferme ? – What time does this supermarket open/close ?
Tip : In France, you must always bring your own carrier bags when you go shopping, as otherwise you will have to pay roughly 1 euro per bag you buy. Also, when buying fruit and vegetables, you must always weigh them yourself. You will see there are weighing machines in the fruit and veg section, and you weigh and price them yourself.