Shopping Vocabulary Part 1

Our ESL Students are about to experience the most wonderful and busiest time of the year! It’s Christmas time in America and there’s a lot to learn if you don’t already. So today Hancock International College will share some common Shopping Vocabulary from to help you along the way to making conversation while you shop! says, “Outlet Mall: An outlet mall is similar to a mall, but they’re not the same thing. Both have many stores in one location. At both you can buy a t-shirt from the Gap, then look at watches in Swatch.

However, there is one important difference: an outlet mall sells everything at a reduced price. Many of them are large and outdoors, and Americans will often spend a full day walking around outlet malls and looking for discounts. It’s a great place to look for sales.” A nearby example of an outlet mall is the Outlets in Orange near by the 22 Freeway and The City Drive. goes on to say, “Yard Sale / Garage Sale: As you drive around America in the spring or summer, you’ll see large signs that say ‘Yard Sale’ or ‘Garage Sale.’ This is when people sell their old clothes, furniture and other items in front of their houses—in their yards or garages. These sales are great places to find cheap used goods. Interestingly enough, it’s also one of the only times you can bargain in America. What does ‘to bargain’ mean? Read on!

To Bargain: In many countries, you can bargain in stores and markets. You can ask a seller if it’s OK to pay less for an item you want. This is not usually OK in America—except at yard sales. So, if you see a t-shirt for $4 at a yard sale, you can ask for a lower price and bargain with the person selling stuff. For example:

You: ‘This t-shirt costs 4 dollars, will you sell it for two?’

Seller: ‘How about three dollars?’”

You: ‘Sure.’

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Idiom of the Day

Drive a Hard Bargain

Meaning: To work hard to negotiate prices or agreements in one’s own favor.

Example: All right, sir, you drive a hard bargain. I’ll sell you this car for $12,450.