Grocery Store Vocabulary: shop in English

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2022-03-04・ 32006

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Vanessa: Hi, I'm Vanessa from  
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SpeakEnglishWithVanessa.com. Would you like  to go grocery shopping with me? Let's do it. 
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Have you ever been grocery shopping? Of course you  have, but have you ever been grocery shopping in  
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an American grocery store? Well, today I would  like to invite you to join me and my young son,  
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Freddie, as we go into this grocery store and pick  up a couple things. I will explain along the way.  
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Hopefully you will learn some useful vocabulary,  some expressions, and hopefully I will not be  
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too embarrassed to be filming in public. And  you'll be able to use this in your daily life  
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and learn something about American culture. And like always, I have created a free PDF  
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worksheet that you can download with a link in  the description with all of today's phrases,  
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expressions, ideas, and at the bottom  of the PDF worksheet, you can answer  
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Vanessa's challenge question. So don't forget  to download that PDF and continue learning.  
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Never forget what you've learned today.  All right, let's go into the grocery store. 
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All right. First things first, we are going to  go through the parking lot and get a cart. I  
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call this just a cart, but some people call it a  shopping cart. And here in the south where I live,  
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people call it a buggy. Our first stop is the  free fruit snack for kids. This is Freddie's  
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favorite thing to do in the grocery store,  so I sure hope they have something for him. 
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Look at this, Freddie. Freddie: 
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Yeah. Vanessa: 
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You want a banana? Freddie: 
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‘Nana. Vanessa: 
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Yeah? Okay. Can you open it?  Maybe you need some help. Wow.  
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Hold it down there. Yummy. Dan: 
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All right. Vanessa: 
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All right. Let's go get some  stuff from the produce section.  
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Notice that I said the word produce  section. This just means where you  
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can buy fruits and vegetables, but let's pay  attention to the pronunciation of that word  
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produce. The emphasis is at the beginning,  produce. There's another word, which is a verb  
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to produce something. I produce one YouTube video  every week. Here the emphasis is at the end,  
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produce. I produce a video. This is different  than the produce section. We're in the produce  
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section right now and let's see what's going to  happen next. Who knows. It could be anything. 
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Should I get the single ones or should I get the  
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bag? Dan: 
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Get a bag. We can make the sparkling water. Vanessa: 
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Well, let's see. There's 94 cents for  this. And there's 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 in here  
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for $5. It's a better deal, but  they're in a bag. We'll get this. 
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Dan: What do you think? Should we get lemons? 
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Vanessa: Yeah, let's get some lemons. 
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When you're buying produce, you have two options.  You can buy loose produce like the broccoli that  
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I bought, or you can buy bagged produce like the  lemons that I bought, or here like the potatoes.  
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And really there are so many to choose  from. It's pretty unbelievable the type  
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of options that we have these days. I  feel so lucky to have these options. 
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As we go through the bulk section where you can  buy items in bulk, you'll see these bananas in  
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a bag that are on sale. I want you to know  the difference between on sale and for sale.  
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These bananas are on sale, that means there's  a discount. It's on sale, but really every item  
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in the grocery store is for sale. For sale means  that you can buy it. There's no special discount.  
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There's no special price. It's just for sale. Here we are at the deli counter. At the deli  
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counter, you can order freshly sliced lunch meat.  You might say, "I'd like half a pound of Turkey,  
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please." Or, "I'd like a pound of cheddar cheese,  please." We decided to not order anything today  
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because there was only one person working early in  the morning and the wait was too long, but that's  
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all right. Let's move on to the next thing. In the bakery you can get some freshly baked  
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donuts, bread, or cakes. Because Freddie  is turning two soon, at the end of March,  
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we've been talking about cakes a lot  recently. He's very excited about getting  
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a birthday cake or cupcakes. Let's see. What cake would you like for your birthday? 
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Freddie: This. 
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Vanessa: This one? 
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Freddie: Yeah. 
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Vanessa: This one or this one? 
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Freddie: This one. 
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Vanessa: This one? 
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Freddie: This one. 
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Vanessa: This one. 
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Freddie: Yeah. 
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Vanessa: This one? Oh, the one with the cereal all over it?  
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That looks exciting. You know  what would be really good? 
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Freddie: Yeah. 
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Vanessa: You get some hummus.  
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You want some hummus? That's  bell pepper hummus. That's yummy. 
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Dan: Yummus, Freddie. 
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Vanessa: Thank you. 
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In the grocery store, you have the option to get  fresh fish or frozen fish, but watch out because  
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usually the fresh fish has been previously  frozen. You can also get fresh cuts of meat,  
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or you can get pre-packaged meat. If you want  to get a fresh cut of meat, you could say,  
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"I'd like two pounds of ground beef, please."  This is a really polite and common statement  
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that you can use. Now I'm going down  an aisle. Notice this pronunciation.  
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Aisle. The S is silent. Go down an aisle.  Or you can say, "It's on aisle three." Great  
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pronunciation. Freddie: 
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Hey pretzels. Crackers. Vanessa: 
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Crackers? Are you excited about crackers? Freddie: 
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Crackers. Vanessa: 
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All right, we got to get some pretzels.  
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I want to get this kind. Freddie: 
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Hold that. Vanessa: 
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You want to hold it? Freddie: 
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Yeah. Vanessa: 
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Okay. Freddie: 
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Pretzels. Vanessa: 
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And I'm going to get this  one. That's our special snack. 
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Freddie: Take it. Good job putting it in the cart. 
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Vanessa: That's our special  
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snack. We don't get many treats like chips  and stuff, but pretzels, we love pretzels. 
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Dan: Always got to get pretzels. 
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Vanessa: Yep. 
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I'm walking past a case of frozen meat  and on the other side is an end cap.  
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An end cap is a shelf on the end of an  aisle. The chips are on the end cap. 
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We're going to get some poster board for Theo. Freddie: 
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Me. Vanessa: 
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And for Freddie. Okay. You  need some poster board too?  
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Oh, let's go down here. Freddie: 
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Poster board. Vanessa: 
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We need some poster board. Ah, look at this. Dan: 
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Is it the right kind? Vanessa: 
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Yes. Next I'm going to be  
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walking to the dairy section. The dairy section  includes milk products like milk, yogurt, cheese,  
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and also for some reason eggs are included  in this. The dairy section is refrigerated.  
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There are refrigerated items in this section.  Let's take a look at this pronunciation  
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refrigerated. That final tea is going  to sound like a D in American English,  
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because it's surrounded by vowels. This is very  common for American English. I'm going to say the  
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word again and I want you to try to say it with  me. Refrigerated. I'm in the refrigerated section,  
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getting some refrigerated items. I  hope that this helps. I know this  
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word is tricky, but you can do it. All right. Let's go get yogurt.  
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Where's the yogurt? Freddie: 
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Yogurt. Vanessa: 
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That way. Freddie: 
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That way. Vanessa: 
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That's right. It's that way. Freddie: 
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That way. Vanessa: 
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Do you think we need to buy any eggs? 
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Freddie: Yeah. 
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Dan: We don't need eggs, do we? 
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Vanessa: We actually don't need to. We don't need to buy  
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any eggs because our chickens make so many eggs.  We are looking for a plain whole milk yogurt.  
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Vanilla. I don't want vanilla yogurt. Freddie: 
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We need yogurt. Vanessa: 
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Plain whole milk yogurt, but this is so expensive.  
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Do we need yogurt that bad, Freddie? Freddie: 
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Yogurt. Vanessa: 
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Okay. We need yogurt that bad? Vanessa: 
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Okay. Freddie: 
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No, but I don't- Vanessa: 
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Okay. Now it's time for a little splurge. A  
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splurge is something you don't need. Maybe it's a  little too expensive, but you really want did. I'm  
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going to get some sparkling water with a little  bit of fruit juice in it, it's so tasty. Let's  
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talk a little bit about alcohol. In the state  where I live, North Carolina, you can buy wine and  
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beer in the grocery store. This is a very simple  thing to do, but if you want to buy hard liquor,  
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so this is considered rum or vodka, you need to go  to a special store called a liquor store. Here in  
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the south where I live we call these an ABC store,  but you need to go to this specialized store if  
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you want to buy something else, not just wine and  beer. But for now, I'm not going to get any of it. 
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I need to get some more gardening  gloves, believe it or not. 
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Dan: Oh, you actually think so? 
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Vanessa: Yeah. Mine have holes in all the fingers.  
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The point of gardening gloves is to keep your  hands safe, but if they have holes in all the  
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fingers and this will save me a trip to Lowe's. Before we check out, there's one key that I  
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haven't talked about yet and we need to talk  about it. Can you guess what it is? It's the  
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word grocery, grocery store. That's where  I'm at and I'm buying groceries. There's two  
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different pronunciations for this and it's just  a regional difference or a personal preference.  
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You can say grocery with an S sound in the  middle, grocery. But for me, I say grocery with a  
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sound in the middle. Grocery store. Both of  these options are correct and it just depends  
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on what you feel the most comfortable saying.  So you could say, "I'm at the grocery store.  
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Or, "I'm at the grocery store." "I'm buying  groceries." Or, "I'm buying groceries." Both  
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of these are beautiful, very natural. And it's  the most common expression that you're going  
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to hear in the US when we talk about a store  where you buy food. It's the grocery store. 
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Now it's time to check out. We can use this  word as a noun or a verb. "Let's check out."  
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Or, "Let's go to the checkout." You can also say  the checkout counter. "Let's go to the checkout  
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counter. I need to buy the things that I put in  my cart." "Let's check out." "It's time to check  
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out." At the checkout counter, watch out because  there are a lot of snacks and junk food waiting  
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for you. The grocery store wants you to splurge  and buy these things. For me, I try to avoid them.  
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It's always unhealthy, not really a good choice,  but this is here to make a last minute purchase.  
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I want to know, in your country are the there a  lot of snacks and junk food options waiting at the  
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checkout? I think this is common around the world,  but let me know in the comments if this happens in  
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your country. Now I'm asking the kind checkout  lady if I have her permission to film while I'm  
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checking out. I wanted to give you this experience  to see the final step at the grocery store. 
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Well, I forgot all of my bags today,  so I can help to check out too. 
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Speaker 5: Do you want paper or plastic? 
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Vanessa: Let's do paper. 
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Now all of the items are going down the conveyor  belt and the checkout lady is scanning them while  
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I put them in my bag. I usually bring my  own bags, but this day I was so focused on  
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filming, I totally forgot. So I chose to get paper  bags. I can compost the paper bags in my garden,  
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but you might choose to get a plastic bag because  you can reuse them as a trash bag in your house.  
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It's time to pay for all of these groceries. I'm  scanning my membership card so that I can get a  
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few discounts. And she asked me if I want to use  cash or credit, or she might say, "Cash or card?"  
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And you can choose which one. Checkout Lady: 
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Okay. Thank you. Vanessa: 
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Thank you. Checkout Lady: 
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You have a great day. Vanessa: 
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Thanks, you too. I appreciate your help. Checkout Lady: 
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I hope it works. Vanessa: 
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Yes. Freddie: 
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Bye. Vanessa: 
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Bye. Freddie: 
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Bye. Vanessa: 
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Now I go out through the automatic doors  like magic and load the groceries in the car.  
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I load the groceries in the car and then  at home, I will unload the groceries. 
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Well, thank you so much for joining me today at  the grocery store, I hope that you learned a lot.  
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And don't forget to remember everything that  you've learned today. You can download the free  
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PDF worksheet with the link in the description.  It is my gift to you. And don't forget to answer  
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Vanessa's challenge question at the bottom of the  PDF. Well, thank you so much for learning English  
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with me. I have a question to ask you now, how  often do you go grocery shopping? Let me know  
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in the comments and I'll see you again next Friday  for a new lesson here on my YouTube channel. Bye. 
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"I got my banana. That's all I want." Dan: 
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What's he going to do when that banana's gone? Vanessa: 
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I don't know. Dan: 
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That's the worry right there. Vanessa: 
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We got to go quickly. This is shopping  with a child. Fast, fast, fast.  
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Uh-oh, disaster. I'm going to  have to go throw it away, Freddie.  
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Now he's got banana hands  touching everything. Ooh, good. 
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Dan: Banana fingers. 
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Vanessa: Can I see your banana hands?
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Freddie: No. No. Dan: 
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My nickname in high school. Vanessa: 
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Banana hands. Vanessa: 
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The next step is to download the  free PDF worksheet for this lesson.  
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With this free PDF, you will master today's lesson  
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and never forget what you have learned.  You can be a confident English speaker.  
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Don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel  for a free English lesson every Friday. Bye.
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