Shopping in Chinese
Traveling to a Chinese-speaking country? Don’t miss this free lesson on shopping in Chinese! You’ll learn how to find your way around a shopping center, ask for what you want, and how to pay in Chinese. Need a larger size? Looking for a supermarket? No problem.
How do you say you’d like to try on an item of clothing? How do you ask for the closest ATM? You can master this essential travel Chinese by listening to the pronunciation on the audio and practicing the Chinese words and phrases aloud. And don’t be shy - shopping will be a lot more fun after this Rocket Chinese lesson!
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Shopping in Chinese
Here are some types of shops that you might need to find.
Practice Your Pronunciation With Rocket Record
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The post office
The shopping center
The noodle stand/restaurant
The music store
The clothing store
The hardware store
Once you’ve found the right shop, you need to find what you’re looking for. Use the following words and phrases to find what you need, figure out how much it costs and tell the sales assistant how many you want…
I'm looking for......
Do you have......?
How much does it cost?
Do you have more?
Which size is that?
I'd like to try it on.
Where are the fitting rooms?
I'll take it.
Here are some more useful questions and answers…
What size do you wear?
A small size
A medium size
A large size
An extra large size
I like it.
It looks good.
It suits you.
It doesn't suit you.
Here are the words for some items you might be looking for…
The short/mini skirt
The skinny pants
Once you found what you were looking for, you’ll need to pay.
Please pay at the check out.
I'd like to pay by credit card.
I'd like to pay with cash, please.
I'd like to pay with my debit card, please.
Can I pay with travelers checks?
What is your credit card number?
We don't accept credit cards.
Where is the closest ATM?
Please type in your PIN.
Please sign here.
Here is your receipt.
Now, you are well prepared for your next shopping experience.
For more lessons on Chinese vocabulary I recommend these!
- Learn the words and phrases used around the airport in Chinese.
- Understand signs in Chinese. A super handy lesson (especially if you need to go to the toilet!)
- DIY while in China? This lesson covers the essential vocab for tools in Chinese.
下次见！ Xiàcì jiàn!
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