English for shopping

Shopping at a supermarket

Here are some English phrases you will find useful when shopping at the supermarket.

Questions the sales assistants might ask

Hello. Can I help you?
Hello. How can I help you?
Hello. How may I help you?
Hello. What can I do for you?
Can I help you at all? (Very polite)
Are you looking for anything in particular, Sir?

Finding and asking for items

Could you tell me where the fish section is?
Could you tell me where the frozen food section is?
Where are the vegetables?
Do you sell meat?
Where are the vegetables?
Where is the frozen food section?
I’d like a loaf of bread, please.
I’d like some meat, please.
I’d like a piece of cheese, please.
‘How much would you like?’ ‘750 grams / half a kilo / two kilos.’
I’m looking for a sweater / a Barbie doll / a watch / etc.
I’m looking for children’s shoes. Where can I find them?
Do you sell watches / shoes / leather bags / cosmetics / etc.?
I’m looking for a pair of shoes.
Can I try this on?

At the checkout

‘That’s $40 altogether. Do you need any help packing?’ ‘No, I can do it myself.’
Could I have a carrier bag, please?