English Speaking Exercises for A1 – In a shop

1. Use the words below to complete the names of the features of gadgets.

4G     card     card slot     Fi     life     phones     port (x2)     screen

sensor     speakers     webcam

a motion ________.

head ________.

wireless ________.

battery ________.

built-in ________.

an HDMI ________.

a built-in ________.

a SIM ________.

Wi-________.

10 a touch-________.

11 a USB ________.

12 a memory ________.

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1 sensor   2 phones   3 speakers   4 life   5 4G   6 port

7 webcam   8 card   9 Fi   10 screen   11 port

12 card slot

2. Match 1-13 with a-m to make phrases.

How can I

I’m just

Next,

How much

That comes to

How would you

Can I pay by

Can I pay

Enter your

10 Here’s your

11 Could I have

12 Would you like

13 Would you

in cash?

debit card / by credit card?

like anything else?

(£10), please.

is it / are they?

f   a receipt, please?

help you?

looking, thanks.

i   a bag?

j   like to pay?

change and receipt.

l   PIN, please.

m please!

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1 g   2 h   3 m   4 e   5 d   6 j   7 b   8 a   9 l   10 k

11 f   12 i   13 c

3. Listen and write the prices.

1 _______

2 _______

3 _______

4 _______

5 _______

6 _______

7 _______

8 _______

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1 33p   2 £1.56   3 £127   4 41p   5 £250   6 £9.99

7 £67.38   8 £15.50

Transcript

1 thirty-three pence

2 one pound fifty-six

3 a hundred and twenty-seven pounds

4 forty-one p

5 two hundred and fifty pounds

6 nine ninety-nine

7 sixty seven pounds and thirty-eight pence

8 fifteen pounds fifty

4. Complete the dialogue with phrases from exercise 2.

Salesassistant1 _______

Girl I’m looking for a laptop.

SA  Well, the Pro-computer is very popular.

Girl2 _______

SA  It’s £449.99.

Girl Have you got anything a bit cheaper?

SA  Yes, the DX 800 is only £299.99.

Girl What features has it got?

SA  It’s got Wi-Fi of course, a built-in webcam and a touch-screen.

Girl That’s great. I’ll take it.

SA  3 _______

Girl No, thanks. That’s all. 4 _______

SA  Yes, we accept any type of card. So, that’s £299.99, please. 5 ________ Thank you. 6 _______

Girl No, thanks. I can put it in backpack.

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1 How can I help you?

2 How much is it?

3 Would you like anything else?

4 Can I pay by debit card?

5 Enter your PIN, please.

6 Would you like a bag?

5. Listen to another dialogue. Complete the information below about the gadget the boy buys.

Gadget: ________

Features: 1________.

                  2________.

What else does he buy? ______________

Total price: ________

Payment method: __________________

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Gadget (Spiral 5) tablet

Features 1 built-in 4G, 2 excellent battery life

What else does he buy? a case

Total price £200

Payment method debit card

Transcript

Shop assistant Can I help you?

Boy Yes, I’m looking for a tablet.

SA  Tablets are over here.

B   This one is nice. How much is it?

SA  £250.

B   That’s quite a lot. Have you got anything cheaper?

SA Yes, the Spiral 4 is £150 and the Spiral 5 is £175.

B   Has the Spiral 4 got built-in 4G?

SA No, it hasn’t. But the Spiral 5 has. And it’s got excellent battery life too.

B   OK, I’d like the Spiral 5, please.

SA Could you come over to the till, then, please? ___ That’s £175.

B   Oh, can I have a case for it, please?

SA Of course. These black cases are £25 or we’ve also got coloured cases for £30.

The black one is fine.

SA That’s £200 in total, please.

Can I pay by debit card?

SA Yes, of course. Please enter your PIN. ___ Thank you. ___ Here’s your receipt.

Thanks very much. Goodbye.

SA Thank you. Goodbye

6. Look at the information about the phones below. Put the words in the correct order to complete the customer’s questions.

smartphones / a few / can / recommend / you

 ________.?

what / the Cybernet 2000 / features / does / have

 ________.?

much / how / phones / the / are

 ________.?

can / pay / credit card / by / I

     ________.?

Ultra 48

Cybernet 2000

Touch Plus 3

Price: £120

Price: £99

Price: £75

Features:

–  memory card slot

–  4G

–  touch-screen

Features:

–  touch-screen

–  4G

–  headphones

Features:

–  touch-screen

–  4G

–  free case

Payment method: no credit cards (cash and debit cards only)

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1 Can you recommend a few smartphones?

2 What features does the Cybernet 2000 have?

3 How much are the phones?

4 Can I pay by credit card?

7. Imagine you are a sales assistant in a shop. Write answers to the questions in exercise 6.

_____

_____

_____

_____

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(Possible answers)

1 Well, there are three popular phones, the Ultra 48, the Cybernet 2000 and the Touch Plus 3.

2 It has a touch-screen, built-in 4G and headphones.

3 The Ultra 48 is £120, the Cybernet 2000 is £99 and the Touch Plus 3 is £75.

4 No, I’m sorry. You have to pay in cash or by debit card.

8. Now act out the dialogue using your ideas from exercise 7. Use phrases from exercises 2 and 4.

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Extra exercises

Strategy

We don’t usually use the imperative in English when we are in a shop. Instead we use polite phrases with Can/Could I have ___ ? or I’d like ___ to ask for things.

1. Read the Strategy. Then put the words in order to make polite phrases.

1 have / please? / Could / a / I / bag,

   ________

2 like / please. / some / I’d / wireless speakers,

   ________

3 please? / have / a / I / Can / receipt,

     ________

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1 Could I have a bag, please?

2 I’d like some wireless speakers, please.

3 Can I have a receipt, please?

2. Decide who is Student A and who is Student B. Do the role-play. Then swap roles.

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Student A: You are the customer. Look at the pictures and follow the points below.

–  Say what you are looking for.

–  Ask a question about the features.

–  Ask how much the products are.

–  Say which product you would like.

–  Ask about the payment method.

Student B: You work in a shop. Serve the customer.