Getting Ready

Match the items on the left with the store where you can buy them on the right. Then write one more item you can buy in each store.

1   running shoes

2   magazines

3   tie

4   necklace

5   vegetables

6   envelopes

7   shampoo

a   jewelry store

b   bookstore

c   drugstore

d   clothing store

e   grocery store

 sporting goods store

g   stationery store


1 f   2 b   3 d   4 a   5 e   6 g   7 c

Listening 1

People are shopping. Listen and number the pictures.

Answer & Transcript

A 3   B 6   C 1   D 5   E F 2



A:   I think these are too big. Do you have a smaller pair?

B:   Yes, we do. What size are those?

A:   These are 9 1/2.

B:   Let me find a smaller pair. Um – much smaller.


A:   How much is this?

B:   It’s $399.

A:   $399. That’s very expensive.

B:   It does look very nice on you.

A:   Thank you.

B:   Actually, it may be on sale soon.

A:   Okay. I’ll check back next week.


A:   Oh, I haven’t read this. Is it good?

B:   I think so.

A:   Is it a mystery?

B:   Well. Actually I haven’t read it, but I think so.

A:   Just what I need. I’ll take it.


A:   Are these fresh?

B:   Yes, they are.

A:   They look delicious.

B:   Why don’t you try one?

A:   Really? Okay. Mmm. These are good.


A:   I think this one is fine. It’ll be great for the beach. What do you think?

B:   Yes, it’s a great color on you.


A:   Excuse me, do you know if this shampoo is on sale?

B:   Yes, it’s buy one, get one for half price.

A:   Oh, that’s a good deal. Thanks.

Listening 2

Task 1

Customers are talking to salespeople. Do the customers buy something? Listen and check (✓) the correct answer.

1    yes


2    yes


3    yes


4    yes


5    yes


6    yes


7    yes


8    yes



1 yes   2 yes   3 no   4 no   5 yes   6 yes   7 no   8 no

Task 2

Listen again. What do you think the clerk says next? Circle the correct answer.

1   a   Okay. It’s $37.50 with tax.

     b   Let me know if you need help.

2   a   You’re welcome.

     b   Cash or credit?

3   a   You’re welcome.

     b   Can I show you something else?

4   a   Why not?

     b   Okay. Let me know if I can help you.

5   a   Let me put it in a box for you.

     b   Let me check.

6   a   Great! Let me know if I can help you.

     b   Great! I’ll ring it up for you.

7   a   Let me know if you need help.

     b   How many do you need?

8   a   Would you like to pay with cash?

     b   We may get more next week.

Answer & Transcript

1 a   2 b   3 b   4 b   5 a   6 b   7 a   8 b



A:   Could I help you with anything today madam?

B:   Well. I really like this blouse. Do you have it in another design?

A:   Yes, we do.

B:   Great! I’ll take it, then.


A:   Do you need any help, sir?

B:   Yes, actually, I do. These are a small and they’re too tight. Do you have a medium?

A:   Yes.

B:   Great! I’ll take them.


A:   These are the most beautiful watches in the store.

B:   They really are nice. How much is this one?

A:   It’s $2,500. Would you like to buy it?

B:   No, thanks. It’s too expensive for me.


A:   Need any help this morning?

B:   No, I’m just looking around for some gift ideas, thanks.


A:   Those are really nice dresses.

B:   Yes, they certainly are. I love the design. Do you have one in a size 12?

A:   Yes, we do. Would you like to take it?

B:   Yes, please.


A:   Do you need any help?

B:   Yes. I want to buy a shirt for my husband. Do you have anything in cotton?

A:   Yes, we do. Look at these.

B:   They’re perfect! I’ll buy the gray one.


A:   Good afternoon, ma’am. Can I help you find anything?

B:   Oh, I’m not sure what I want. I’ll just look around for a while, thanks.


A:   May I help you with anything, or are you just looking?

B:   I’d like these green gym shorts, please.

A:   I’m afraid we don’t.

B:   Oh, that’s too bad.

Listening 3

Task 1

People are asking about items in a store. Listen and check (✓) the item they talk about.


1 b   2 b   3 b   4 a   5 a   6 b

Task 2

Listen again. Circle the correct answer.

1   a   You can machine-wash the shirt.

     b   It’s best to dry-clean it.

2   a   They are regular mail envelopes.

     b   They are air mail envelopes.

3   a   The man wants the watch for himself.

     b   A man or woman can wear it.

4   a   The woman prefers the striped tie.

     b   The tie is a gift for someone.

5   a   The blouse is made of cotton.

     b   The blouse is made of cotton and linen.

6   a   The large apples aren’t very sweet.

     b   They don’t like sweet apples.

Answer & Transcript

1 b   2 a   3 a   4 b   5 b   6 a



A:   Can I try on that shirt, please?

B:   This one?

A:   No, not the one with the short sleeves. The other one.

B:   Here you are.

A:   Thanks. Can this be machine washed, by the way?

B:   No, it’s silk, so you should dry-clean it. It’s not a good idea to wash it by hand or machine-wash it.


A:   I’d like to buy some envelopes.

B:   Which ones? These big ones?

A:   No, those are too big. Do you have any smaller ones?

B:   How about these?

A:   Yes, they look like a better size. Can they be used for air mail letters?

B:   No. These are meant for regular mail.


A:   Can I see that watch, please?

B:   The one with the narrow band?

A:   No. The one with the wide band. Is this a man’s watch? I’m looking for a gift for my girlfriend.

B:   Actually, anyone can wear it. It’s not just for a man.

A:   Hmm. It’s nice.


A:   I love that tie.

B:   I’m not crazy about stripes myself.

A:   No, no – the pink and white one.

B:   Oh. I don’t like that, either.

A:   It’s kind of fun. It’s for my brother’s birthday. He likes things that are a little different.


A:   Can I see that blouse?

B:   The one without the pockets?

A:   No, the other one.

B:   Here you are.

A:   What fabric is this? Is it cotton?

B:   I think it’s a linen and cotton blend.


A:   I’d like to get some apples.

B:   How about these big ones?

A:   I don’t think they’re very sweet. The smaller ones are usually sweeter.

B:   Okay. Let’s get some of these small ones.

Conversation Corner: Talking to a selesperson

Task 1

Listen to the conversation. Write the missing words.

A:   May I help you with something, or are you ……………. …………….?

B:   Can I see that watch, please?

A:   The one with the ……………. …………….?

B:   No, the one with ……………. ……………. band.

A:   Certainly. Here you are.

B:   Thanks. Yes… this is perfect. I’ll take it.

A:   It’s a very nice choice. Will you be ……………. with credit today?

B:   No, I’d like to ……………. with ……………. .

Task 2

Practice the conversation with a partner. Be sure to use contrastive stress.

Answer & Transcript

A:   May I help you with something, or are you just looking?

B:   Can I see that watch, please?

A:   The one with the silver band?

B:   No, the one with the black band.

A:   Certainly. Here you are.

B:   Thanks. Yes… this is perfect. I’ll take it.

A:   It’s a very nice choice. Will you be paying with credit today?

B:   No, I’d like to pay with cash.

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