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Intro

Image you're at a supermarket. You've gathered all your items but now it's time to check out. How do you do it?
Hi. Alisha here.
Buying items at a supermarket in America is easy! In this lesson, you'll learn how.
Gustavo is buying a few supplies after checking in at the hotel.
Let's watch!
Dialogue
Supermarket Clerk: Good evening!
Gustavo: Evening.
Gustavo: Excuse me, but what's this?
Supermarket Clerk: It's a corn dog.
Gustavo: Nice! How much is it?
Supermarket Clerk: It's one dollar and 37 cents. It's on sale.
Gustavo: Okay, I'll take two.
Supermarket Clerk: That'll be eighteen dollars and seventy-four cents.
Supermarket Clerk: Okay, your change is six cents.
Gustavo: Thanks, man!
Now with subtitles!
Supermarket Clerk: Good evening!
Gustavo: Evening.
Gustavo: Excuse me, but what's this?
Supermarket Clerk: It's a corn dog.
Gustavo: Nice! How much is it?
Supermarket Clerk: It's one dollar and 37 cents. It's on sale.
Gustavo: Okay, I'll take two.
Supermarket Clerk: That'll be eighteen dollars and seventy-four cents.
Supermarket Clerk: Okay, your change is six cents.
Gustavo: Thanks, man!
Vocab
Excuse me (slow) Excuse me
but (slow) but
corn dog (slow) corn dog
thanks (slow) thanks
Phrase and Usage
Alisha: In the scene, what does the sales clerk say to Gustavo about the price of the corn dog?
Clerk: It’s on sale.
Alisha: First is a contraction for “it is.”
Brandon: It’s
Alisha: Next is the phrase
Brandon: On sale
Alisha: Together it's
Brandon: It's on sale.
Alisha: This indicates that you can buy the corn dog at a lower price than usual. Now you try! Say the sales clerk’s line after he tells Gustavo the price of the corn dog. (freeze action, cue for viewer to speak)
Brandon: It’s on sale
Alisha: In the scene, how does the sales clerk tell Gustavo the total cost of the items?
Brandon: That’ll be eighteen dollars and seventy-four cents.
Alisha: First is a contraction of "that will"
Brandon: That’ll
Alisha: Next is the word
Brandon: be
Alisha: Here it is used to indicate cost. Next is the phrase
Brandon: Eighteen dollars
Alisha: After this is the word.
Branson: “and”
Alisha: Last, is the phrase
Brandon: Seventy-four cents
Alisha: Together it's
Brandon: That’ll be eighteen dollars and seventy-four cents.
Alisha: This phrase exemplifies a very common way to let a customer know how much money they need to pay. Now you try! Say the shop clerk’s line after he puts the items into a plastic bag. (freeze action, cue for viewer to speak)
Brandon: That’ll be eighteen dollars and seventy-four cents.
Alisha: In the scene, what did the shop clerk say to tell Gustavo how much change he will give him?
Brandon: Your change is six cents.
Alisha: First is the word
Brandon: your
Alisha: Next is the word
Brandon: change
Alisha: Next is the word
Brandon: is
Alisha: and last is the amount of money
Brandon: six cents
Alisha: Together it's
Brandon: Your change is six cents.
Alisha: The pattern
Brandon: Your change is
Alisha: followed by the amount can be used any time a clerk is giving a customer change. Now you try! Say the store clerk’s line after he takes money out of the register. (freeze action, cue for viewer to speak)
Brandon: Your change is six cents.
Alisha: Finally, how does Gustavo say thanks to the sales clerk?
Gustavo: Thanks, man.
Alisha: First is a word that is short for "thank you."
Brandon: Thanks
Alisha: Last is the word
Brandon: man
Alisha: Together it's
Brandon: Thanks, man.
Alisha: Referring to someone as “man” in a conversation is very informal and in this case, Gustavo says it to be friendly to the cashier. Only use the phrase “thanks, man” if the person you're talking to is a male and only if you're in a casual setting. Now, you try! Say Gustavo's line as he takes the bag and his change. (freeze action, cue for viewer to speak)
Brandon: Thanks, man!
Focus
Alisha: Do you remember how Gustavo asked what something was when he saw it in a case next to the register?
Gustavo: What’s this?
Alisha: First is a contraction for “what is.”
Brandon: What's
Alisha: Next is the word
Brandon: This
Alisha: Together it's
Brandon: What's this?
Alisha: You can use this phrase is almost any situation to ask about something you aren't farmiliar with. Now you try! You pick up an item off the shelf at the store. Ask the sales clerk what it is. PAUSE
Brandon: What’s this?
Alisha: You point to an item on a menu. Ask the waiter what it is. PAUSE
Brandon: What’s this?
Alisha: Do you remember how Gustavo asked about the price of the corn dog?
Brandon: How much is it?
Alisha: First is the phrase
Brandon: how much
Alisha: Next is a form of the verb to be
Brandon: is
Alisha: Last is the word
Brandon: it
Alisha: Together it's
Brandon: How much is it?
Alisha: Use this pattern to ask about the price of any item. First say,
Brandon: How much is
Alisha: then add the item. You can either use (Brandon: It) or specify the item. Now you try! A saleman shows you a necklace that you want to buy for you sister. How do you ask the salesman about the price? {PAUSE}
Brandon: How much is it?
Alisha: You want to buy a t-shirt. Ask how much the t-shirt is. {PAUSE}
Brandon: How much is it?
Alisha: Do you remember how Gustavo asked the shop clerk to give him 2 corn dogs?
Brandon: I’ll take two.
Alisha: First is the contraction for "I will"
Brandon: I'll
Alisha: Next is the word
Brandon: take
Alisha: And last is the number
Brandon: two
Alisha: Together it's
Brandon: I’ll take two.
Alisha: This is a more casual and common way of saying "I will buy two". Use this sentence structure to ask for a certain amount of something. First say
Brandon: “I’ll take”
Alisha: then just add the number or amount you want. You try! A man is selling Coca-Cola at a baseball game. What would you say to buy three cups? PAUSE
Brandon: I’ll take three.
Alisha: You're ordering ice cream and the server asks you how many scoops you want. How do you respond if you just want one scoop?
Brandon: I’ll take one.
Practice
Alisha Let's practice!
Alisha You're at a convenience store, and you've found something you're interested in. Ready? Here we go.
Alisha How to you ask what the item is?
(5 second pause)
Brandon: What's this?
Clerk: It's a corn dog.
Alisha How do you ask about the cost?
(5 second pause)
Brandon: How much is it?
Clerk: It's one dollar and 37 cents
Alisha How do you tell the clerk that you want to buy five?
(5 second pause)
Brandon: I’ll take five.
Alisha Great job! You've just mastered the basics of making a purchase in English! You'll use these phrases and expressions many times, so be sure to practice!

Outro

Well done.
Now, watch the scene one more time. After that,
go and practice with all your American friends — or with us in the comments!
Bye.

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What's your favorite American product?

Xinbo
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What order should I use to study this lesson?

For example, the first step, watching the video; the second step, remembering the words and phrases; the third step, what to do? I don't understand how to learn to complete this lesson?

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My favorite American product is Coca-Cola 😄

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Yevel Belyavskiy
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Good lesson

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Thursday at 6:32 pm
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Hello MIka,


Thank you for your comment. 😄


'Gustavo' - is a character in this lesson. He is discussing an item in the shopping centre.


Feel free to ask any other questions you have throughout your studies.


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MIka
Thursday at 3:56 pm
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How can I found "Gustavo" lessons?

I like the series of lessons, but I can't know in which lessons Gustavo shows.

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Hello again Kevin!


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The word 'register' in the lesson refers to a 'cash register' (where you pay for your items in a shop).


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Friday at 4:13 pm
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my favorite american product is NIKE shoes. please tell me what's the meaning of Register in this scene.

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My favorite food is hamburgers,that was delicious.