When was the last time you went shopping for food in English?
On today’s podcast you’ll learn all about supermarket vocabulary. Welcome to Aprender Ingles con Reza y Craig.
Mamen recently had a job interview in English on Skype.
I asked Mamen how it went and if she was pleased with the interview. Did it go well?
Try not to include video if possible. Maybe you can have an audio only interview. This reduces stress.
Check that you don’t have a window behind you, no dirty washing, make yourself presentable for the webcam – as if you were going on a face-to-face interview.
I asked Mamen about the questions. Did she answer them well?
Prepare well before the interview. Study and learn about the company and find out as much information about them as possible.
Practise answers to common interview questions. – the more you practise, the more relaxed and confident you will be.
Anticipate common interview questions and prepare some answers.
What other questions did they ask Mamen in the interview? And how did she answer?
What do you think people would say about you if they had to describe you?
(Mamen’s answer was ‘trustworthy’)
Email from Bibi from La Coruña
My name is Bibi, I am from Coruña, I have been listening to your podcast for 2 years, more or less, and I have a doubt, what is the difference between, keep on, carry on, move on…because as far as I know all of them mean “continuar”,
On the other hand (Also, In addition, Another thing is..), I am working at a supermarket, and I would like to know more about supermarket and butcher vocabulary.
…y esto lo tengo que explicar en español…
¿Como decirles que se vayan dirigiendo hacia las cajas a pagar que el supermercado ya está cerrado? eso sí, siendo políticamente correcta.
I’m sorry, but we’re closing shortly.
I’m afraid we have to close now.
Would you mind paying at the checkout within the next few minutes?
Supermarket / hypermarket / grocery shop/store
Card swipe (machine) / Card reader (to swipe = pasar la tarjeta)
Checkout (express checkout – 10 items or less/fewer?) automatic checkout with no cashier
Trolley (shopping cart in the US) / basket
Different brands – own brand – well-known brand = household brand
cheese/meat/fish counter (counter – mostrador) deli
A wide range of products
Value for money
Co-operative – Co-op
(Customer) loyalty card – loyalty points
“Buy one, get one free”
“Three for the price two”, “Five for the price of four”, etc.
50% off – Half off – Half price
To stack the shelves – Shelf stacker
To be in stock/out of stock
Where do you like to shop for food? – Do you have a favourite supermarket chain?
Where would you expect to see the following products in a supermarket, and why?
Fruit and vegetables
Sweets and chocolates (confectionery)
Batteries – to buy ‘on impluse’ – a sudden urge
Bread and milk
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English. Do work in a supermarket, like Bibi from La Coruña? Do you agree with our analysis of supermarket psychology?
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Many thanks to Patricia from Madrid who has translated episode 8 and 9. Thanks to her and Arminda from Madrid, Alberto from Granada and Angélica Bello from Madrid, we now have full transcriptions for episodes 131 to 142, and episodes 1 to 10.
On next week’s episode: Self-study tips and advice with Anna
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