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Here are some expressions commonly used in discussing shopping matters.

Listen to carrier bag - a bag made of paper or plastic for holding customer's purchases
Listen to cashier - a store employee who handles cash transactions with
Listen to checkout counter - a counter in a supermarket where you pay for your purchases
Listen to checkout line - a queue of people waiting to pay for purchases
Listen to corner shop - a store selling a limited variety of food and pharmaceutical items; open long hours for the convenience of customers
Listen to elevator - device which provides vertical transportation for people or goods from one level to another
Listen to escalator - moving staircase used as transportation between floors in stores
Listen to haggling - a negotiation about the price
Listen to pedestrian precinct - a shopping street or similar area from which traffic is excluded, US: pedestrian mall
Listen to receipt - written confirmation of payment rendered
Listen to retailer - business that sells goods directly to individuals
Listen to shop assistant - an employee who works in a shop or store and has a range of responsibilities which will usually include sales, stock counting and assisting customers
Listen to shoplifter - a person who steals (articles or an article) from a store
Listen to shopping - groceries, consumer goods sold by a grocer
Listen to shopping centre - collection of retail stores with a common parking area and generally one or more large department, discount, or food stores
Listen to shopping trolley - shopping cart
Listen to wholesaler - business that buys large quantities of goods and resells to other distributors rather than to ultimate consumers
Listen to window shopping - looking into glass windows of a shop for entertainment and imagine purchasing items without actually purchasing, possibly just to pass the time between other activities, or planning a purchase

Now we put new vocabulary into context, so you can see how you might use these terms yourself. The expressions are in boldface in the text.

Listen to An elevator or lift is a transport device used to move goods or people vertically.
Listen to Mind the step!
Listen to He preferred to be overcharged than to haggle.
Listen to Escalators are typically used in pairs with one going up and the other going down, however in some places, especially European stores and metro stations, there are no escalators going down; the escalators only go up.
Listen to Shoplifters will be prosecuted.
Listen to Retailers are usually those who sell to consumers and wholesalers sell to businesses and institutions.
Listen to In the area of banking in the UK, the position of cashier is the same as a bank teller.
Listen to Did you buy anything while you were out? - No, I was just window shopping.


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