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INTRODUCTION
"How Much" in English?
A popular activity in the UK is shopping, and in this lesson, we’ll learn some useful survival phrases to help you have fun while exploring different shops.
SURVIVAL PHRASES
When you enter a store in the UK, the shop assistant will usually greet you with a friendly, ‘hello’, or ‘hi’. You can simply reply with the same word, ‘hello’ or ‘hi’.
If you want to know the price of something that doesn’t have a price tag on it, you can say: “Excuse me, how much is this?
Slowly: Excuse me, how much is this?
‘Excuse me’ is almost always the first thing you should say to a shop assistant. You can follow this by asking your question.
It’s not common to try and bargain for a lower price at shops in the UK. The shop assistants will not be used to this either, so they’ll most likely think it’s strang]e. However, it may be possible to haggle at a market.
In a shop, you can say, “Excuse me, how much is this shirt?”, if you see a shirt you like.
Slowly: Excuse me, how much is this shirt?
Or you can say, “Excuse me, how much are these socks?”, for a pair of socks that catch your attention.
Slowly: Excuse me, how much are these socks?
Let’s take this opportunity to go over some clothes that you may not know. The first one is ‘hoodie’. If you know what a hood is, a ‘hoodie’ is usually a long-sleeved top with just that. For those of you who don’t know what a hood is, it’s like an extra flap at the back of a top that covers your head. It’s very useful during light rain showers, as it helps to keep your head dry!
Here’s another item of clothing: ‘trousers’. ‘Trousers’ are worn on the bottom half of your body and are available in different materials. If they are made from denim, then they are known as ‘jeans’.
When it comes to sizes in the UK, the most common are small, medium, large and extra large. If you can’t find the size you want, then it’s worth asking the shop assistant, as they may have more clothes that aren’t on display. To ask, you can simply say: “Excuse me, do you have any other sizes?”
Slowly: Excuse me, do you have any other sizes?
Also remember to look out for sales, when clothes will be much cheaper, sometimes even by as much as 50 per cent. The biggest sales usually take place on Boxing Day, which is December 26, or at New Year, from January 2.
Okay, to close out this lesson we’d like you to practice what you’ve just learned. I’ll provide you with the phrase, and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud. You have a few seconds before I give you the answer. So good luck!
- Excuse me, how much is this?
- Excuse me, how much is this shirt?
- Excuse me, how much are these socks?
- Excuse me, do you have any other sizes?

Outro

Alright! That’s going to do it for this lesson. Bye!

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Hi Listeners! Let's practice here, how much is ... ? (what would you like to buy?)