Salut c’est Géraldine, bienvenue sur Comme
une Française TV, Sound French, even to the French. Jewelry, fashion, designer handbags, wines,
awesome cheese… France offers a lot if you like to shop around. It’s a good way to practice your French
too : you interact with different people, with vocabulary you can use in your day-to-day
life as well. Today, I’ll give you the words to go shopping,
and show you a complete conversation to buy shiny new things—in French ! Let’s dive in. Faire les magasins
Faire les magasins is French for shopping. We also use faire les boutiques, and even
faire du shopping. Une boutique is a shop, Un magasin is a store
: they’re often the same thing, though boutique is supposed to be smaller and more personal
than a bigger magasin. Faire les magasins implies you go to several
shops to find things you want, but not really the necessities like groceries for instance. Instead, it’s for les vêtements (un vêtement), clothes, or colloquially les fringues (une fringue), whether it’s sur mesure (tailored)
or the much more common prêt-à-porter. (ready-made) But on your way you could also find un sac
à main, a handbag, des bijoux (un bijou), jewelry… or, you know, maybe electronics,
tools and interesting things too. And maybe you’ll go shopping to find something
for someone else: “Hier, nous sommes allées faire les boutiques
pour trouver un cadeau d’anniversaire pour Léa” Yesterday, we went shopping to find
a birthday present for Lea. Dans le magasin
Dans le magasin, in the shop, you can find many products, so we often need to specify
: Un magasin de vêtements is a clothing shop, Un magasin de meubles sells furniture, Une
boutique de maquillage sells make-up, etc. They often have a similar setup. The windows in the front are la vitrine, where
you’ll see the most attractive products. Inside, you’ll find les rayons (un rayon),
the shelves of the shop, and maybe un vendeur (une vendeuse), a salesperson, to help you
around. In a clothing store, you’ll be able to try
the cut of your items in une cabine d’essayage, a fitting room. Anyway, you’ll get to finally buy what you
took at la caisse, the checkout counter or literally the cash register, with le caissier
/ la caissière, the cashier. Les soldes
Les soldes are special sales, temporary discounts to get rid of the old collections in stores. In France, law regulates les soldes d’été,
summer sales, and les soldes d’hiver, winter sales : each year, they have to happen within
the same few weeks for every store. The date changes every year though, but you
can check them out online. Since a few years ago, stores can also make
their own special sales, within conditions. The English word sales covers both les ventes
(une vente), the actual fact of selling something, and les soldes. During les soldes, you can find the products
en solde : for sales. You can also say they’re en promotion, on
special discount ; they benefit from une promotion / une démarque, a special offer. You’ll find the discount visibly displayed
: for instance, -30% : “moins trente pourcents.” And if you’re lucky, you’ll get to make
une bonne affaire, a good deal ! But sometimes you’ll still find that c’est trop cher,
it’s too expensive, and wait until c’est pas cher, it’s cheap, or at least c’est
moins cher, it’s cheaper. You might have learned the word bon marché
as a translation for cheap, but actually it’s very not very often used in France. Finally, a warning : there’s no good translation
for the English expression “It’s a steal!.” In French, a similar expression seems to be
“C’est du vol !” “that’s stealing” —but it actually means that a product is
so expensive that the seller is metaphorically robbing you. Avoid this mistake, you don’t want to look
rude when you’re only expressing your satisfaction ! Acheter une paire de chaussures
When you’re in France, you might want to buy a pair of shoes, Acheter une paire de
chaussures. And maybe you will dare to do it completely
in French ! To help you with this, I want to give a word-for-word
script of a typical conversation. You’ll find relevant vocabulary for the
shoe store, but you can adapt it to your own situation, and use it to buy other things
as well. So for now, let’s get into a situation:
a client and a salesperson. And I’m going to ask my friend for help on this dialogue. Bonjour. J’aimerais essayer cette paire de chaussure dans la vitrine, les bleues… Bonjour ! Aucun problème, quelle pointure
? For example, ” Vous les
avez en 38?, Oui, les voici. Elle sont trop grandes. Vous avez la taille en dessous ? Je vais voir. Ah oui, tenez. Elles sont à -30% cette semaine. Merci ! Elles me vont bien, super ! Je vais les prendre. Merci. Alors, ce sera 72 euros. Vous avez la carte de fidélité du magasin
? “Thank you. Non. Je vais vous payer par carte bleue. OK… C’est fait. Merci ! Bonne journée ! Bonne journée à vous! And voila, now you have shiny new shoes! Et toi ? Have you ever gone shopping in France? What did you buy? In your own country, what have you bought
on sale lately ? Tell me in the comments on the blog, I want
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