Learn British English-Essential Shopping Vocabulary And Phrases Ep 630

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Improve Your English: Discover Key British Shopping Phrases Today

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  • 🛍️ Uncover essential British shopping phrases and expressions
  • 🌟 Practice real-life, practical English in everyday situations
  • 💡 Learn valuable tips to manage grocery expenses while boosting your fluency
  • 🚀 Engaging and enjoyable lesson, perfect for new learners
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✔Lesson transcript: https://adeptenglish.com/lessons/english-phrases-supermarket-shopping/

This lesson is an opportunity to learn practical, everyday English vocabulary related to food and shopping while also gaining useful tips for managing grocery expenses.

English lessons like this one have a dual approach. Not does it enhance your language skills but also equips you with knowledge that can be applied in real-life situations, making the learning experience more engaging, relevant, and enjoyable.

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More About This Lesson

Are you looking to improve your English while learning practical tips for everyday life? Dive into this lesson, where you'll not only expand your vocabulary on food and shopping but also discover valuable strategies to cut costs on your grocery bills. We'll explore unusual words, fascinating concepts, and real-life examples, making your learning experience engaging and enjoyable. Get ready to become a savvy shopper and a fluent English speaker. Don't miss this opportunity to boost your language skills and save money at the same time!

This lesson has a distinct British flavour to it's vocabulary and phrases:

  • British English is known for its wide variety of regional accents and dialects. When practising British shopping vocabulary and phrases through listening exercises, you may notice differences in pronunciation and word choice depending on the speaker's region. This is a good thing. Exposure to various accents helps you become more adaptable when conversing with native British English speakers.
  • British English speakers often use polite phrases and indirect language in everyday conversations, including shopping interactions. By practising listening exercises focused on British shopping vocabulary and phrases, you can pick up on these subtle cues and develop a more polite and formal speaking style that is appreciated in British culture.
  • British English is rich in idiomatic expressions and slang terms, some of which may be specific to shopping situations. Through listening practice, you can become familiar with these unique expressions, enhancing their ability to understand and engage in natural, authentic conversations with British English speakers during shopping experiences.

Although there are some differences between American and British shopping vocabulary, they are not that different. While there are some unique words and expressions specific to British English, the majority of the vocabulary and phrases are shared across different English-speaking countries. So don't think this is only useful for the UK, you can learn these British shopping terms without facing a steep learning curve for US or other English speaking countries.

  • This lesson will equip you with essential British shopping vocabulary and phrases, boosting your confidence in engaging in clear and effective communication while shopping in the UK.
  • You'll learn practical shopping terms and phrases, making shopping experiences in the UK more enjoyable and familiar, as if you have a personal guide by your side.
  • Learning the British shopping vocabulary and phrases taught in this lesson, will help you blend in with locals, as your language skills will reflect your dedication to understanding British culture and way of life.
The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.
⭐ Ludwig Wittgenstein, an Austrian-British philosopher.

This type of real-life vocabulary listening practice is a great way to help English language learners who are learning to speak English while taking a peek into the British way of life.

Questions You Might Have...

This British English lesson is like a shopping guide, leading you through the bustling market of "British shopping vocabulary and phrases," helping you select and understand the most useful items to enrich your language skills and enhance your shopping experiences in the UK.

  1. What vocabulary will I learn? You'll learn key British shopping terms, phrases, and expressions commonly used in various shopping scenarios.
  2. Will this lesson help with my pronunciation? Yes, the lesson focuses on listening exercises, which will help you improve your pronunciation by mimicking native speakers.
  3. Can I apply these phrases in other English-speaking countries? While some terms may be specific to the UK, many phrases will be understood and useful in other English-speaking countries.
  4. How does this lesson address politeness in British English? The lesson covers polite phrases and indirect language commonly used in British shopping interactions, helping you sound more respectful and courteous.
  5. Will I learn about regional accents and dialects? This lesson exposes you to the most common British accent (South East/London/RP) and dialects, enhancing your understanding of regional variations in pronunciation and word choice.

Most Unusual Words:

  • Inflation: The rate at which prices for goods and services increase over time.
  • Staple: A basic or necessary item that people regularly use or consume.
  • Garnish: A small amount of decorative or flavourful food added to a dish.
  • Bargain: An item that is bought at a lower price than usual, making it a good deal.
  • Use by date: The date printed on food packaging, indicating the last day the food should be consumed for safety and quality.
  • Celery: A green vegetable with long, thin stalks that are eaten raw or cooked.
  • Mouldy: Covered with or containing mold, a type of fungus that grows on food or other organic material.
  • Casserole: A type of dish that is cooked slowly in an oven, often containing meat, vegetables, and a sauce.
  • Takeaway: Food that is prepared at a restaurant or other food service establishment and taken away to be eaten elsewhere.
  • Adept: Highly skilled or proficient in a particular area or task.

Most Frequently Used Words:


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Transcript: Learn British English-Essential Shopping Vocabulary And Phrases

Practise your food and shopping vocabulary while saving money! Nine money saving tips!

Hi there. Would you like to learn some English vocabulary for food and shopping today? How about we practise native British conversation - while I talk about how to reduce the cost of your food shop? That’s ‘food’, FOOD. In the UK at least, food is really much more expensive at the moment, so it’s a good idea to try and cut back your bill, cut back what you spend on food. Let’s look at some ways of doing that - and as you listen, you will practise your understanding of spoken English and your brain will be learning English for food and shopping. Very important vocabulary to have for your everyday English conversation. And very useful!

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What is food Inflation?

So food inflation over the past year? The word ‘inflation’, INFLATION means ‘how much has the price of food risen? How much more expensive is food now, than it was a year ago?’ Well, the answer in the UK is 10.4% inflation as a general figure for everything, but it’s possible that food inflation specifically is higher than this. So that 10.4% inflation means that the cost of things is 10.4% higher this year than it was last year. And certain things are even more expensive, for example if you want to buy salad items. There are problems with supply - growers are growing less and less salad, because they’re not able to make much money from it in this current environment. And staples - that means ‘staple foods’, STAPLE, both noun and adjective. So things that most people eat are ‘staples’ - and they have gone up in price even more. So sugar, SUGAR, it’s estimated has gone up by 38% this year. The price of cheese, that’s CHEESE has risen by 34% and eggs by 32%. They are big price increases. It all mounts up and it’s getting really expensive. You probably notice in the total bill for your weekly shop, whether that’s all at once at the supermarket, or whether you go and buy your food in lots of different shops. Part of this increase is the cost of energy - it costs more to process food and to make these ‘end products’.

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So what are some good tips, what’s good advice for when you head out to go food shopping?

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Nine tips on how to save money on your weekly shop

1. Don’t go out hungry

Well, how about this for a piece of advice - food shopping advice? First of all, ‘don’t go out food shopping when you’re hungry!’ This means when you haven’t eaten. That’s HUNGRY. You’ll probably find yourself buying much more if you go out hungry. But also don’t go food shopping when you’ve just eaten a big meal because then you might not buy enough!

2. Know what you don’t need to buy

And good shopping habits start before you head out to the supermarket or to the food store. First of all, make sure you’ve checked what you already have in your cupboards, in your fridge. Knowing what you already have saves you money. It’s no good being at the store, at the supermarket and asking yourself ‘Now do we have any carrots?’ Either you’ll be without carrots or you’ll have two lots of carrots, which is a waste of money. So go out to the supermarket knowing exactly what you need - with a list, LIST, in other words. A list which takes account of what you already have in your fridge, in your freezer, in your cupboards. A list can save you lots of money.

3. Use your freezer to save money

If you have a freezer, make good use of it. So a freezer, FREEZER is where you keep your frozen food - typically at a temperature of -22ºC. So it’s good to freeze leftover food - food that was too much for you to eat, but which is ready prepared and ready cooked for next time. You could defrost it and eat it for lunch! An easy meal. But also the freezer can be used to freeze things which are near their ‘use by’ date. A ‘use by’ date is what you see on a packet of food - meaning ‘when you must use it by’. So again, this is a task to do before you head out to the shops for more food.

4. Plan your meals in advance

Then more planning. You’ll not spend as much money if you plan your meals in advance. There are perhaps things that you’ll always need, like coffee and toilet paper. But if you plan your meals in advance, then you can buy to suit that menu. You won’t have lots of food leftover, past its ‘use by’ date perhaps by the end of the week, because no one felt like making or eating that meal this week. Yes, it’s a bit of a constraint and yes, it’s forward planning - but it will save quite a bit of money. And it means that you can buy exactly what you need for each meal, including garnish like lemons or herbs or a particular sauce to go with that meal.

5. Use the reduced food aisle

Another good idea - once you’re at the store, once you’re in the supermarket go to the ‘reduced price’ section. This is often full of bargains - that’s ‘bargain’, BARGAIN. And ‘a bargain’ means ‘an item whose price has been reduced and whose price is low’. You can feel quite pleased with yourself, when you get ‘a bargain’! If you can eat it straight away or again, put it in your freezer, you may get to save a lot of money this way. And if you know your local supermarket well, you may become wise to what time of week, what time of day to go, to get the best bargains. When do they reduce the prices?

6. Look for the longest dates

Another thing - and supermarkets might not like this one. Look at the back of the shelf for the latest ‘use by’ date that you can find. Some of the UK supermarkets have a lot of products with very short dates - meaning that their ‘use by’ date is up really quickly. With something like bread or salad, you can often find ones with longer dates, at the back of the shelf. They’re then less likely to become your food waste.


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7. Don’t just go with default packaging - think about how to store your food to keep it best

Also think about how your food is stored. The packaging that it comes from the shop in - may not be the best thing to keep the food fresh. If you have a net of oranges say, it’s always good to ‘release them’ as sometimes when they’re stored in a net, they go mouldy where they’re touching each other. Or items like mushrooms or celery may be packaged for ease of transport by the supermarket - but once you get them home, removing them from packets may help them last much longer.

8. Watch where you shop

And watch where you shop. In the UK, there is a massive difference between the cost of a shop in one of the cheaper supermarkets - here we have Aldi and Lidl as do many other countries - and the more premium, higher quality, higher priced supermarkets - like Waitrose or Marks and Spencer’s. Waitrose and Marks and Spencer’s are nice for certain things, where the quality really matters. But if you’re just buying something simple like a potato or some tomatoes, as long as it’s fresh, you may as well buy it for less at the budget supermarkets.

9. Eat less meat

Last tip - if you’re a meat-eater, then eat less meat. That’s MEAT. Meat is one of the more expensive products you buy and it’s better for your health to eat less of it. Think of it perhaps as a ‘flavouring’ in your casserole or your soup or as just one ingredient in a meal, rather than necessarily having a big piece of meat on a plate to eat.

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Celebrate at the end of the week

Even if you’re not finding food shopping that expensive, doing all of this may mean you’ve got enough money at the end of the week to have a takeaway or even to go out to a restaurant with what you’ve saved.

So there you are. I’ve covered lots of everyday English vocabulary in this podcast - words which will help you understand at the supermarket - and words which are really useful if you’re doing your shopping in an English speaking country. And hopefully my tips on how to save money on your weekly food shop are useful too. Adept English - serving you in many ways!


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