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61 French words and phrases to use when shopping in France

PUBLISHED: 13:14 09 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:13 16 May 2017

A French boulangerie in Locranon © Yannick Le Gal / Brittany Tourisme

A French boulangerie in Locranon © Yannick Le Gal / Brittany Tourisme

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From saying what it is you are looking for to asking for something in another colour, here is the essential French vocabulary for a successful shopping trip in France

DIFFERENT TYPES OF SHOPS

Grand magasin – Department store

Centre commercial – Shopping centre

Zone commerciale – Shopping precinct

Magasin de chaussures – Shoe store

Magasin de vêtements – Clothes store

Magasin de disques – Record store

Épicerie – Grocery store

Boulangerie - Bakery

Librairie – Bookshop

Bureau de poste – Post office

Pâtisserie – Cake shop

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GENERAL VOCABULARY

Je vais faire du shopping samedi. – I am going shopping on Saturday

Puis-je vous aider? – Can I help you?

Vous cherchez quelque chose en particulier? – Are you looking for something in particular?

Je cherche… - I am looking for…

Un pull vert - A green sweater

Un cadeau - A present

Quelque chose de moins cher - Something cheaper

Je regarde tout simplement – I am just looking

C’est combien? – How much is it?

Cher - Expensive

Bon marché - Cheap

Comptant / Espèce / Liquide – Cash

Vendeur / Vendeuse – Sales assistant (m/f)

Caissier / Caissière – Cashier (m/f)

Ticket de caisse - Receipt

Puis-je avoir un sac? – Can I have a bag?

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SHOPPING FOR CLOTHES

Chapeau - Hat

Chemise - Shirt

Chemisier - Blouse

Pantalon - Trousers

Imperméable - Raincoat

Cravate - Tie

Jean - Jeans

Manteau - Coat

Robe - Dress

Veste – Jacket

Pull - Sweater

Avez-vous des soldes? – Do you have any sales on?

Est-ce que cette jupe est en solde? – Is this skirt in the sale?

J’aime celui/celle-ci! – I like this (m/f) one!

Je cherche ce jean en taille 40. – I am looking for these jeans in a size 40.

Avez-vous cette chemise en taille 12? – Do you have this shirt in a size 12?

Avez-vous cette robe en d’autres couleurs? – Do you have this dress in other colours?

Cette couleur ne me va pas très bien. – This colour doesn’t suit me.

Je voudrais la voir en noir. – I would like to see it in black.

Je vais essayer ce pull. – I am going to try on this sweater.

Où sont les cabines? – Where are the changing rooms?

C’est trop… - It is too…

Serré - Tight

Court - Short

Large - Big

Ce pull me plaît beaucoup. – I really like this sweater.

J’adore cette robe. Je la prends. – I love this dress. I will take it!

J’ai envie d’acheter ces chaussures mais je ne peux pas me permettre. – I want to buy these shoes but they are too expensive.

Puis-je payer/régler par carte de crédit? – Can I pay by credit card?

Quelle est votre politique pour les remboursements? – What is your returns policy?

Puis-je retourner cet article? – Can I return this item?

Je voudrais échanger cette chemise pour une autre taille, s’il vous plaît. – I would like to exchange this shirt for one in another size please.

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