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Shopping in French

Here’s the ultimate lesson on shopping in French for beginners! Practice speaking this essential travel French aloud by following the pronunciation on the audio. You’ll learn to ask 'how much' in French and 'where is' in French. You’ll also learn the French words for shops, clothes, sizes, and more. Shopping in France will never be the same again!

Talking about Shopping in French

Here are some basic French phrases to get you warmed up:

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Promotion de fin de saison

The end of season sale



Une affaire

A bargain

Où se trouve…… ?

Where is……?

Où se trouve le rayon femme ?

Where is the women's department?

Où se trouve la caisse ?

Where is the check out?

Je cherche…..

I am looking for…..

Je cherche les livres

I am looking for the book section

Shops in French

La poste

The post office

Le centre commercial

The shopping center

Le marché

The market

Le supermarché

The supermarket

La pharmacie

The pharmacy

La librairie

The bookstore

Le magasin

The store

La boulangerie

The bakery

La pâtisserie

The pastry shop

Le magasin de musique

The music store

Le magasin de vêtements

The clothing store

La quincaillerie

The hardware store

Le boucher

The butcher


The optician

French signs













Les heures d'ouverture

Opening hours

Ne pas stationner

No parking

Aire fumeurs

The smoking area

Aire non-fumeurs

The non- smoking area

Interdit de fumer !

No smoking!

When you buy food in a supermarket and don’t intend to eat it straight away it might pay to check the ‘best before date’ to avoid nasty surprises…

A consommer avant

The best before date

Meilleur avant…

Best before…

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…

Est-ce que vous avez…

Do you have...

Combien ça coûte ?

How much does it cost?

Est-ce que vous en avez d'autre ?

Do you have more?

Quelle est cette taille ?

Which size is that?

Je voudrais l'essayer.

I'd like to try it on.

Où se trouvent les cabines d'essayage ?

Where are the changing rooms?

Je vais le prendre.

I'll take it.

Here are some more useful questions and answers…

Quelle taille faites-vous ?

What size do you wear?


The size

Taille petite

A small size

Taille moyenne

A medium size

Grande Taille

A large size

Taille extra large

An extra large size

Cela me plaît.

I like it.

C'est joli.

It looks good.

Cela vous va bien.

It suits you

Cela ne vous va pas.

It doesn't suit you.

Paying in French

Payez à la caisse s'il vous plaît.

Please pay at the check out.

Je voudrais payer par carte bleue.

I'd like to pay by credit card.

Je voudrais payer en espèces, s'il vous plaît.

I'd like to pay with cash, please.

Je voudrais payer avec ma carte de débit, s'il vous plaît.

I'd like to pay with my debit card, please.

Est-ce que je peux payer avec des Travellers chèques ?

Can I pay with travelers checks?

Quel est le numéro de votre carte de crédit ?

What is your credit card number?

Nous n'acceptons pas les cartes de crédit.

We don't accept credit cards.

Où se trouve le guichet automatique le plus près ?

Where is the closest ATM?

Tapez votre code confidentiel, s'il vous plaît.

Please type in your PIN.

Signez ici, s'il vous plaît.

Please sign here.

Voici votre reçu.

Here is your receipt.

And when out shopping, you will need to know how to talk about prices and say you'd like to take your time!

Je regarde !

I am just looking!

Je reviendrai !

I will come back!

C'est trop cher !

It's too expensive!

C'est combien ?

It's how much?

That’s it for today’s lesson. Now, you are well prepared for your next shopping experience. If you want more then check out this French lesson on clothes in French, or make sure that you know your French numbers!

À bientôt!

Marie-Claire Rivière and the Rocket French Team

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