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Lesson Five: Shopping

English Translation Culture Background

English Translation

  1. What would you like?
  2. What would you like to buy?
  3. I would like this.
  4. I would like that.
  5. How much does this cost?
  6. That’s too expensive. Can you make it a bit cheaper?
  7. I would like three of them.
  8. I don’t like it.
  9. May I try it on ?
  10. It’s too big.
  11. It’s too small.
  12. It’s not the right color.
  13. I don’t want it.
  14. I will buy this one.
  15. Is this all?
  16. Please wrap it up.
  17. Here you are.

Culture Background

Shopping can be a lot of fun in China. There are many wonderful things to buy in China, and the price could be very competitive. China has a lot of populations and Chinese love to shop, so Chinese markets are often very crowded. Most of the times you could bargain the price of the merchandise, except the large state-run department stores are usually fixed-price. Hard bargaining could often result in large discounts when you shop in Chinese markets. If you are unsure of the Chinese language of the things that you want to buy, you could always use the trick of pointing and saying “zhè” (this) or “nà” (that).

Shopping can be a lot of fun in China. There are many wonderful things to buy in China, and the price could be very competitive. China has a lot of populations and Chinese love to shop, so Chinese markets are often very crowded. Most of the times you could bargain the price of the merchandise, except the large state-run department stores are usually fixed-price. Hard bargaining could often result in large discounts when you shop in Chinese markets. If you are unsure of the Chinese language of the things that you want to buy, you could always use the trick of pointing and saying “zhè” (this) or “nà” (that).

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