When we want to buy something, we go to a shop. There
are many kinds of shops in every town or city, but most of
them have a food supermarket, a department store, men's and
women's clothing stores, grocery, a bakery and a butchery.
I like to do my shopping at big department stores and
supermarkets. They sell various goods under one roof and
this is very convenient. A department store, for example,
true to its name, is composed of many departments: readymade
clothes, fabrics, shoes, sports goods, toys, china and
glass, electric appliances, cosmetics, linen, curtains, cameras,
records, etc. You can buy everything you like there.
There are also escalators in big stores which take customers
to different floors. The things for sale are on the counters so
that they can be easily seen. In the women's clothing
department you can find dresses, costumes, blouses, skirts,
coats, beautiful underwear and many other things. In the
men's clothing department you can choose suits, trousers,
overcoats, ties, etc. In the knitwear department one can buy
sweaters, cardigans, short-sleeved and long-sleeved pullovers,
woolen jackets. In the perfumery they sell face cream and
powder, lipstick, lotions and shampoos.
In a food supermarket we can also buy many different
things at once: sausages, fish, sugar, macaroni, flour, cereals,
tea. At the butcher's there is a wide choice of meat and
poultry. At the bakery you buy brown and white bread, rolls,
biscuits. Another shop we frequently go to is the greengrocery
which is stocked by cabbage, potatoes, onions, cucumbers,
carrots, beetroots, green peas and what not. Everything is
sold here ready-weighed and packed. If you call round at a
dairy you can buy milk, cream, cheese, butter and many
The methods of shopping may vary. It may be a selfservice
shop where the customer goes from counter to counter
selecting and putting into a basket what he wishes to buy.
Then he takes the basket to the check-out counter, where the
prices of the purchases are added up. If it is not a self-service
shop, and most small shops are not, the shop-assistant helps
the customer in finding what he wants. You pay money to the
cashier and he gives you back the change.
1. What do we do when we want to buy something?
2. What kinds of shops are there in every town?
3. Where do you like to do your shopping?
4. What departments is a department store composed of?
5. Where are the things for sale?
6. What can we buy in the knitwear department?
7. What can we buy in a food supermarket?
8. What methods of shopping are there?