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French Phrases: Shopping in French

Names of shops in French

un magasinæ̃ magazæ̃a shop, store
un supermarchéæ̃ sypɛʁmaʁʃea supermarket
un hypermarchéæ̃ ipɛʁmaʁʃea superstore, hypermarket1
une épicerieyn episʁia grocery store
une boulangerieyn bulɑ̃ʒʁia baker's
une pharmacieyn faʁmasia chemist's, pharmacy
une laverie automatiqueyn lavʁi otomatika launderette
un tabacæ̃ taba=a bar with newsagent's
un discaireæ̃ diskɛʁa music shop, CD shop
un magasin de...æ̃ magazæ̃ dəa ... shop
un magasin de disquesæ̃ magazæ̃ də diska music shop, CD shop
un magasin de chaussuresæ̃ magazæ̃ t ʃosyʁa shoe shop
un magasin de vêtementsæ̃ magazæ̃ də vɛtmɑ̃a clothes shop
un magasin-photoæ̃ magazæ̃fotoa camera shop
une boutiqueyn butika small shop, privately-run shop
une librairieyn libʁeʁia bookshop
un bureau de posteæ̃ byʁot pɔsta post office
une Maison de la Presseyn mezõ dla pʁɛs=a newsagent's (chain of newsagents' in France)
une Fnac2yn fnaka Fnac (large chain selling books, music and electronics)
un Virginæ̃ viʁʒina Virgin Megastore
un centre commercialæ̃ sɑ̃tʁə kɔmɛʁsjala shopping centre, mall
une zone commercialeyn zon kɔmɛʁsjala shopping precinct
un grand magasinæ̃ gʁɑ̃ magazæ̃a large store, department store
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Notes:
1. An hypermarché or 'hypermarket' consists of a large supermarket with a series of other small shops attached. They are generally designed for access by road and found on the edges of towns and cities.
2. The chain is called la Fnac. However, speakers do sometimes say un Fnac with the masculine article to mean 'a branch of Fnac'.

Inside the shop

la caissela kɛsthe till, counter, checkout
"payez à la caisse"peye a la kɛs"please pay at the counter"
celle-ci est fermée?sɛlsi e fɛʁmeis this one (i.e. counter) closed?
le caissierlə kesjethe (male) till operator, checkout assistant
la caissièrela kɛsjɛʁthe (female) till operator, checkout girl
un vendeuræ̃ vɑ̃dœʁa (male) sales assistant
une vendeuseyn vɑ̃døza (female) sales assistant
un ticket (de caisse)æ̃ tike (tkɛs)a (till) receipt
un sachetæ̃ saʃea plastic bag
un sacæ̃ sak(larger) bag
"vous voulez un sachet?"vu vule æ̃ saʃe"do you want a bag?"
le rayon...lə ʁeyõthe ... department; the ... counter
le rayon fraislə ʁeyõ fʁethe fresh food department
le rayon parfumerielə ʁeyõ paʁfymʁithe perfume department; the perfume counter
un caddieæ̃ kadia trolley, shopping cart
un chariotæ̃ ʃaʁijoa trolley, shopping cart
un panieræ̃ panjea shopping basket
un articleæ̃ naʁtiklan item
un achatæ̃ naʃaa purchase
vos achatsvo zaʃayour goods, your purchases
prixpʁiprice; prices
prix baspʁi balow prices
à prix réduita pʁi ʁedɥireduced
à prix basa pʁi balow-priced
hors de prixɔʁ də pʁiexhorbitant
dans quel prix?dɑ̃ kɛl pʁiaround what price?, in what price range?
cherʃɛʁexpensive
pas cherpa ʃɛʁcheap, inexpensive
moins chermwæ̃ ʃɛʁcheaper
bon marchébõ maʁʃecheap, reasonable
haut de gammeod gamtop of the range
"soldes"sɔld"sale"
en soldeɑ̃ sɔldin the sale
"offre spéciale"ɔfʁə spesjal"special offer"
"promotion"pʁɔmosjõ"promotion", "special offer"
combien ça coûte?kõbjæ̃ sa kuthow much is it?, how much does it cost?
combien ça coûte, le...kõbjæ̃ sa kut ləhow much does the ... cost?
ça fait combien?sa fe kõbjæ̃how much is it?
vous avez...?vu zavedo you have...?
je cherche...ʒə ʃɛʁʃI'm looking for...
...un CD de...æ̃ sede də...a CD by...
...un cadeauæ̃ kado...a present
...quelque chose de moins cherkɛlkʃoz də mwæ̃ ʃɛʁ...something cheaper
...quelque chose de plus grandkɛlkʃoz də ply gʁɑ̃...something bigger
je regarde pour l'instant, merciʒə ʁəgaʁd puʁ læ̃stɑ̃ mɛʁsiI'm just browsing for now
vous l'avez en magasin?vu lave ɑ̃ magazæ̃do you have it in stock?
quel est votre dernier prix?kɛl e vɔtʁə dɛʁnje pʁiwhat's the lowest you'll go?
vous me faites un prix d'ami?vu mə fɛt æ̃ pʁi damican you give me a little discount?
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