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Clothes Shopping – Listening Lesson

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by Oli Redman on September 18, 2014 , No comments

Going clothes shopping—fun or boring? Could you use English to get what you want in a shop? Learn useful words and phrases for buying things and shopping for clothes in this free English listening lesson from Oxford Online English.

Woman: Why don’t you try this one on?

Man: Eurgh!1 It looks awful.

Woman: What about this one?

Man: Okay, that one’s a bit better. … So what do you think?

Woman: I like it. It really suits2 you.

Man: It’s not very comfortable. I don’t think it’s a good fit3—it’s too tight around the shoulders.

Woman: So just get the next size up4. It’s a good shirt. It matches5 your shoes, as well.

Man: But even this one’s loose around my chest. If I get a bigger size it’ll be like wearing a tent6.

Woman: What about the trousers?

Man: Are you joking? No man looks good in skinny fit7 jeans. I’d look like a complete idiot.

Woman: But everyone’s wearing them at the moment.

Man: Well, you can be a sheep8 if you want, but I have an original sense of fashion.

Woman: Oh, really? That’s why you’re wearing clothes you bought five years ago.

Man: Looking good never goes out of fashion9. Anyway, let’s go somewhere else. Everything in here is badly-made and overpriced.

Woman: Fine. I need shoes. You can come and help me choose.

Man: Can we not go home?

Woman: We only got here twenty minutes ago!

Vocabulary Notes

  1. Eurgh (pronounced ‘ee-yur’) = a noise you make when you think something is disgusting
  2. It suits you = it looks good on you
  3. It fits you = it’s the right size for you
  4. The next size up = one size bigger
  5. It matches your shoes = the colours go together well
  6. A tent = something you use to go camping, like a house you can carry with you
  7. Skinny fit = very tight
  8. A sheep = someone who does what everybody else is doing (because sheep all follow each other)
  9. Go out of fashion = become unfashionable

Complete the sentences with match, fit, or suit in the correct form

  1. These shoes don’t ________. They’re too small and they hurt my feet.
  2. I like that dress. It ________ your eyes.
  3. That jacket doesn’t ________ those trousers at all.
  4. It looked good on her but it doesn’t really ________ me.
  5. I need to go on a diet—none of my clothes ________ me any more.

Match the phrases and their meanings

6.  Don’t be a sheep! a.  I want to go home.
7.  Can we not go home? b.  See if you like it.
8.  This shirt’s like a tent. c.  Think for yourself.
9.  Why don’t you try this on? d.  It’s much too big for me.
10.  Are you joking? e.  You can’t be serious.
  1. fit
  2. matches
  3. match
  4. suit
  5. fit
  6. c
  7. a
  8. d
  9. b
  10. e
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