At the Ready-Made Clothes Department

Shopping

At the weekends, when she has more time to spare, Elinor Lloyd does her shopping at the big self-service food stores in town, for she can buy a lot of good more cheaply there than at her local grocer's. Accompanied by her husband or her daughter she walks At the Ready-Made Clothes Department round the Cooperative supermarket and other large food stores looking for bargains.

These large self-service stores are brightly-lit and usually well laid out. The goods are tidily arranged on trays and long shelves on which the various prices are clearly marked. There is plenty of room for At the Ready-Made Clothes Department the customers to walk about.

The shelves are well stocked with a very wide selection of attractively packed goods – everything from quick-frozen food to washing powder, from shoe polish to new-laid eggs, from tinned fish to toothpaste. Elinor walks from shelf to shelf, filling her wire At the Ready-Made Clothes Department basket. She has to be careful when shopping in a self-service store for the goods are so attractively displayed that she is tempted to buy things she does not need or cannot really afford. She puts two large tins of instant coffee into her basket. The same brand costs six pence At the Ready-Made Clothes Department more at the corner shop, so she has 'saved' twelve pence.

Elinor goes to the cash desk, where there is a short queue. When it is her turn the cashierreckons up the bill on a cash register which automatically adds up the various items. In the At the Ready-Made Clothes Department meantime another shop assistant packs the goods into Elinor's shopping bag. Elinor pays, carefully puts the receipt and the change into her purse and leaves the shop.

Before getting the bus home she goes to the marketin search of bargains. The market is large, with well over a hundred different At the Ready-Made Clothes Department stalls; part of it is covered, part of it open-air. A wide range of clothes, household goods, fruit and vegetables is on sale and prices are often considerably lower than in the ordinary shops, for the stall-holders' overheads are relatively low. Elinor buys washing powder 5p a At the Ready-Made Clothes Department packet cheaper than at her local grocer's, and fresh fruit and vegetables: two pounds of oranges, half a pound of strawberries, two medium-sized grapefruit, a large cauliflower and two pounds of sprouts.

She arrives home exhausted but a little proud of having saved forty or At the Ready-Made Clothes Department fifty pence of the housekeeping money. When she considers the matter more carefully, however, she realizes that the British housewife is fighting a losing battle against inflation. She may get some goods cheaper at the big stores or in the market, but even there prices are rising continuously.

Task At the Ready-Made Clothes Department 1. Read the text for detailed understanding. Prepare literary translation of the 3d passage.

Task 2. Answer the questions to the text.

1. Where does Elinor Lloyd do her shopping at the weekends? Why? 2. Why has Elinor to be careful when shopping in a self-service stores? 3. How big is the market? 4. What At the Ready-Made Clothes Department sort of goods are on sale there? 5. What is Elinor proud of?

Task 3. Give the summary of the texts.

Task 4. React to the statements using phrases of agreement or disagreement.

1. At the weekends Elinor Lloyd does her shopping at her local grocer's. 2. The goods at large self-service stores are At the Ready-Made Clothes Department tidily arranged and various prices are clearly marked. 3. The shelves of the supermarkets are well stocked with a wide selection of attractively packed goods. 4. When shopping in a self-service store one has to be careful for the goods are so attractively displayed that a person is tempted to At the Ready-Made Clothes Department buy things he does not need or cannot really afford. 5. Before getting the bus home Elinor goes to the market in search of bargains. 6. Prices at the market are often considerably higher than in the ordinary shops. 7. Unfortunately prices at the big stores and in the marketare At the Ready-Made Clothes Department rising continuously.

Exercise 1. Give the Russian equivalents for the words and word combinations:

1. do shopping at the big self-service food stores; 2. accompanied by; 3. look for bargains; 4. plenty of room for the customers to walk about; 5. wide selection of attractively packed goods; 6. fill a wire basket; 7. a short queue; 8. reckon At the Ready-Made Clothes Department up the bill; 9. receipt; 10. household goods.

Exercise 2. Give the English equivalents for the words and word combinations:

1. делать покупки в местном магазине; 2. Большой продуктовый магазин; 3. Аккуратненько расставленные продукты; 4. Цены чётко проставлены; 5. Наполнить плетенку 6. Испытывать соблазн приобрести ненадобные вещи: 7. Упаковать продукт; 8. Положить сдачу в кошелек; 9. В поиске прибыльных покупок At the Ready-Made Clothes Department; 10. Широкий выбор одежки.

Exercise 3.Act out the dialog.

At the Ready-Made Clothes Department

Customer: I’d like a summer frock.

Salesgirl: Certainly. What is your size?

Customer: 46. I’m stock size.

Salesgirl: The dresses on that rail are all size 46. Look them through and you may find something to your At the Ready-Made Clothes Department taste.

Customer: I want to try on this cotton dress.

Salesgirl: Sure. Here you are. The fitting room is over there.

Customer: Thank you. (A couple of minutes later) Does it fit?

Salesgirl: Perfectly but I don’t think the color really becomes you. It’s too dark.

Customer: Have At the Ready-Made Clothes Department you got something a shade lighter?

Salesgirl: I’m afraid, we haven’t. Would you mind trying this light-blue one on?

Customer: But it’s artificial silk. It’s too hot for summer wear.

Salesgirl: Will you drop in in a couple of days? We are At the Ready-Made Clothes Department expecting most of our summer stock at the end of week.

Customer: Yes, of course. Thank you. Good-bye.

Salesgirl: Good-bye.

Exercise 4. Act out dialogs using the corresponding topical vocabulary and the appropriate conversational formulas from the list given bellow:

Can I help you?; I'm looking for.../I At the Ready-Made Clothes Department'd like...; It's over there/It's to the right (left) from ..; Look at...; Just a moment; O.K. I'll take it; I'll wrap it up for you; Anything else, sir/ma'am?; Here you are; Here is the receipt/your change

1) buying clothes; 2) buying footwear At the Ready-Made Clothes Department; 3) buying jewelery; 4) buying textiles for making clothes; 5) discussing the shopping list of food items for festive dinner.

Exercise 5. Insert prepositions where necessary:

1. What size do you take … shoes? 2. What size … collars do you wear? 3. I should like a pair … black laced boots. 4. Let me try this cardigan…. 5. Give At the Ready-Made Clothes Department me another one, … a size bigger. 6. You may pay … the goods … the cash-desk. 7. A wide variety … food products that save preparation time is available … supermarkets. 8. We’ve run … … salt. Let’s drop … … the grocer’s and buy some. 9. Supermarkets usually operate … the self-service system. 10. This frock … artificial silk is At the Ready-Made Clothes Department too hot … summer wear. 11. Will you wrap … the pull-over, please? 12. Most shopping in the US is done … the mall. 13. The main business of American drug-stores consists … selling stationery, candy, toys, furniture. 14. The gloves don’t go … my shoes. 15. I want white shoes to match … my At the Ready-Made Clothes Department new bag.

Exercise 6. Paraphrase the sentences:

1. Strong shoes with high heels are popular this spring. 2. We are short of rice. Go to a food store and buy 2 kilos. 3. This brown skirt goes well with my jacket. 4. This black suit is of right size for my husband. 5. My mother At the Ready-Made Clothes Department prefers to buy food in a shop where there are no salesgirls or salesmen. 6. As a rule goods in shops are arranged on long tables or shelves. 7. A woman serving in the shop helped me greatly to choose a gift for my niece. 8. Could you roll this nightgown into paper At the Ready-Made Clothes Department? 9. Women in the US like to do shopping at large areas with many shops and restaurants in nearly buildings. 10. These flat-heeled shoes squeeze me tightly. Will you give me another pair of the same model, just a size bigger? 11. At the outfitter’s Jane put practically all the fur At the Ready-Made Clothes Department coats on to see if they fit well. 12. Generally my roommates and I go to shops for buying food 2 times a week.

Exercise 7. Find the opposites:

1. To my thinking this hat is old-fashioned. 2. This summer frock is a bit loose on me. 3. My girl-friend prefers tailor At the Ready-Made Clothes Department-made clothes. 4. We are well stocked of different cereals. 5. In this shop there are shop-assistants to serve customers. 6. This dress is мейд of pure silk. 7. A little choice of foodstuffs is offered in the market. 8. These sandals pinch. 9. I want to buy shoes. Where is a customer? 10. She's always At the Ready-Made Clothes Department preferred enclosed malls.

Exercise 8. Insert the words from the vocabulary of the Unit:

1. The dress doesn’t … well. It is a bit too loose in the waist and tight round the hips. 2. This color doesn't … you. 3. I want a gray jacket … my skirt. 4. The gloves don At the Ready-Made Clothes Department’t … with my shoes. 5. Does the price ... you? 6. He went to the ... to by some cereals. 7. Unfortunately, I'm not .... So I buy tailor-made clothes. 8. ... silk is too hot for summer wear. 9. These shoes .... I need the same color and style but a size larger. 10. I will ... this jacket ... to At the Ready-Made Clothes Department see how it fits. 11. This is a ... of Wal-Mart, which is famous all over the world. 12. People go to the ... to buy suits, costumes, pants and shirts, blouses and skirts. 13. I think, I'll take this blouse. – Very well, ma'am. I'll ... it ... for you. 14. The cashier At the Ready-Made Clothes Department ... the bill and told the whole sum I had to pay. 15. It is a bit loose. – Yes, it is. I'll bring another one a ... smaller. 16. In order to know the exact mass of something you should ... it .... 17. It's absolutely out of date. Buy something At the Ready-Made Clothes Department, which is ... now. 18. There are many ... lining up at the cash desk.

Exercise 9. React to the statements using the phrases of agreement and disagreement in the form of situations of 5-7 sentences:

1. Supermarkets at home and abroad are rather different. 2. Unfortunately there are no real malls in Russia. 3. Shops with speedy lifts, well At the Ready-Made Clothes Department-planned lightning, ventilation are expensive. 4. Discount stores are becoming more and more popular. 5. Long line is what I hate about shops that operate on a self-service system. 6. If there is a flaw in the item you bought you can return it to the shop and demand a refund At the Ready-Made Clothes Department or an adequate substitute. 7. Do not buy any goods after the expiration date. 8. Very often we have to make a choice between comfort and beauty of our clothes and footwear. 9. In general men don't like shopping. 10. There are some kinds of shops that men/women do At the Ready-Made Clothes Department not like.

Exercise 10. Translate into English:

1. Она находила шапку в тон собственному светло-коричневому пальто. 2. Мне кажется, вам не идет этот цвет. 3. Пиджак не прекрасно посиживает на для тебя, он неширок в плечах. 4. Ей очень идут шапки с большенными полями. 5. Такие костюмчики на данный момент в моде. 6. По дороге домой зайди At the Ready-Made Clothes Department в гастроном и купи килограмм сахара. 7. Ассортимент товаров в этом гипермаркете очень широкий. 8. Покрой этого платьица ей очень идет. 9. Какого цвета шарф ты мне посоветуешь приобрести, чтоб он гармонировал с моим синим пальто? 10. У меня не много времени на изготовление еды, потому я нередко покупаю мороженые полуфабрикаты и At the Ready-Made Clothes Department овощи. 11. Этот цвет мне идет, но это платьице плохо посиживает. 12. Меня не устраивает стоимость этих туфель. 13. Срок годности этого йогурта исходит через неделю. 14. В нашем универмаге на данный момент большая акция распродажи готовой одежки. 15. Мне хотелось бы примерить вот эту шелковую блузу. 16. Ей пришлось поменять туфли. Ведь те, которые она At the Ready-Made Clothes Department купила, нажимали ей. 17. Я смогу приготовить торжественный обед, если ты зайдешь в мясной магазин и приобретешь за деньги килограмм мяса. 18. Эти туфли уже не в моде. Неуж-то ты их еще носишь? 19. К огорчению, эти джинсы мне значительны. У вас есть того же цвета, но на размер меньше At the Ready-Made Clothes Department? 20. Я предпочитаю брать продукты конкретно в этом магазине, так как они всегда свежайшие и сервис на высочайшем уровне. 21. Как мне пройти в кондитерский отдел? – Это на обратной стороне торгового зала. 22. До которого часа открыта аптека?

Exercise 11. Speak on:

1. Buying food. 2. Buying clothes and footwear. 3. Shopping opportunities at home and At the Ready-Made Clothes Department abroad.

Complaints

1. Try to guess what people are complaining about.

· The first time I wore them, one of the hills came off.

· When I washed it, it shrank so much that I could not wear it.

· When I tried to install the software, the whole thing crashed.

· I read the At the Ready-Made Clothes Department instructions but I still don’t understand how to use it, so I couldn’t take any pictures at my friends’ wedding.

· When I took it out of the box, I noticed a big crack in it. It wouldn’t hold water.

2. The complainers can be categorized into 4 general types At the Ready-Made Clothes Department. Which of them do you belong to?

1. A silent sufferer = never complains.

2. A calm, collected type = complains if he really has to.

3. An activist = complains because it’s his right.

4. A fighter = complains at the slightest opportunity.

3. Read the letter of complaint and choose the correct linking words At the Ready-Made Clothes Department in brackets.

Dear Mr. Brown,

I’m writing to complain about a water-proof jacket I purchased from your shop last week.

(However / Although) the jacket was supposed to be completely water-proof, I got soaked the first time I wore it in wet weather.

(Furthermore / But At the Ready-Made Clothes Department) when I tried to take the jacket off, the zip wouldn’t open and when I tried to get it unstuck, the jacket tore. I sent the jacket back to your shop after having been assured by one of the assistants that I would be sent a refund. (However / In addition At the Ready-Made Clothes Department) I still haven’t received one.

As a regular customer of yours, I feel disappointed with the way I have been treated and hope that steps will be taken to rectify the situation.

I trust this matter will receive your immediate attention.

Yours sincerely,

John Wells.

4. Study the following At the Ready-Made Clothes Department rules:

1. Examine the goods you buy at once. If they are faulty, tell the seller quickly.

2. Keep any receipts you are given. If you have to return something, the receipt will help to prove where and when you bought it.

3. Don’t be afraid to complain. You are not asking At the Ready-Made Clothes Department a favour to have faulty goods put right. The law is on your side.

4. Be persistent (but not aggressive). If your complaint is justified, it is somebody’s responsibility to put things right.


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