Friday, December 27, 2019
Basic Vocabulary Youll Need to Go Shopping in France
If you are shopping in France, youll need to know the lingo. You could just stick with one shop or market, go in, pay and get out. But most of us do more than that in our search for the right product and the best bargain. You need to be able to read signs so that youre choosing the right shop, getting the best quality, ferreting out authentic bargains and speak intelligently with salespeople. Keep in mind that France (and most of Europe) may have megastores, but most people still shop at their local small shops in order to find the freshest, highest-quality products. So dont discount the words for specialty stores; you will need to know them. Shopping Vocabulary une Ã ©picerieÃ Ã small grocery storele marchÃ ©Ã Ã farmers marketle supermarchÃ ©Ã Ã supermarketun hypermarchÃ ©Ã Ã superstore, giant supermarketla boucherieÃ Ã butcher shopla boulangerieÃ Ã bakeryla charcuterieÃ Ã pork butchers shop and delicatessenla confiserieÃ Ã candy storela crÃ ©merie, la laiterieÃ Ã dairyÃ shopla fromagerieÃ Ã cheese shople magasin de fruits et lÃ ©gumesÃ Ã greengrocerle marchand de vinsÃ Ã wine shopla pÃ ¢tisserieÃ Ã pastry shopla poissonnerieÃ Ã fish storela banqueÃ Ã bankla blanchisserieÃ Ã laundrylaÃ laverie automatiqueÃ laundromatla droguerieÃ Ã drugstore / hardware storele grand magasinÃ Ã department storele kiosqueÃ Ã newsstandle magasin de confectionÃ femme/homme/enfants clothing storeÃ for women, men, children;Ã magasin de vÃ ªtementsÃ Ã clothing store in generalla pharmacieÃ Ã pharmacyla posteÃ Ã post officele pressingÃ Ã dry cleanerla q uincaillerieÃ Ã hardware storele tabacÃ Ã tobacco shopfaire les coursesÃ Ã to do theÃ shopping [for essentials];Ã aller faire les courses to go shoppingfaire du shoppingÃ Ã to go shopping, to shop [for specific items such as shoes];Ã partir faire les magasins to go on a shopping trip/expeditionles soldes the sales; faire les soldes to shop the salesclient /Ã personne qui faire ses courses shopperÃ ªtre accro au shoppingÃ to be a shopaholiccherÃ (chÃ ¨re) expensive; coÃ »ter cher Ã to be expensiveÃ a bargain une affaire; a good bargain une bonne affaire;Ã bargain prices prix avantageuxmarchander to bargain, to haggle;Ã negocier, traiter avec quelquun to bargain with someoneheuresÃ douverture business / shop hoursÃ Ã Ã Expressions Related to Shopping Bon marchÃ ©:Ã can be translated as either inexpensive or cheap. Bon marchÃ ©Ã can be both positive, indicating a reasonable price, and negative, insulting the products quality. Bon rapport qualitÃ ©-prix:Ã The French expressionÃ un bon rapport qualitÃ ©-prix, sometimes writtenÃ un bon rapport qualitÃ © / prix, indicates that the price of some product or service (a bottle of wine, car, restaurant, hotel) is more than fair. Youll often see it or a variation in reviews and promotional materials.Ã To talk about a better value, you can make the comparative or superlative form of bon, as in: un meilleur rapport qualitÃ ©-prixÃ better valuele meilleur rapport qualitÃ ©-prixÃ Ã best value To say that something is not a good value, you can either negate the sentence or use an antonym: Ce nest pas un bon rapport qualitÃ ©-prix. /Ã Ã Il na pas un bon rapport qualitÃ ©-prix.Ã Its not a good valueun mauvais rapport qualitÃ ©-prixÃ poor valuele pire rapport qualitÃ ©-prixÃ worst value While less common, its also possible to use a different adjective altogether, such as un rapport qualitÃ ©-prix incroyableÃ amazing valueun rapport qualitÃ ©-prix intÃ ©ressantÃ good valueun faible rapport qualitÃ ©-prixÃ poor value Cest cadeau: is a casual, informal expression meaningÃ Its free. Its inexpensive. The underlying meaning is thatÃ youre getting something extra that you werent expecting, like a freebie. It can be from a store, a boutique or a friend doing you a favor. It doesnt necessarily involve money. Note that Cest un cadeau with the article is a simple non-idiomatic, declarative sentence that means It is a gift. NoÃ «l malin: The informal French expressionÃ NoÃ «l malinÃ refers to Christmas.Ã Malin meansÃ something thatsÃ shrewd or cunning. But this expression isnÃ¢â¬â¢t describing Christmas or the sales, but rather the consumerÃ¢â¬âthe cunning consumer who is far too smart to pass up these amazing bargains. At least thatÃ¢â¬â¢s the idea. When a store saysÃ NoÃ «l malin, what theyÃ¢â¬â¢re really saying isÃ NoÃ «l (pour le) malin (Christmas for the clever.) For example, Offres NoÃ «l malin Christmas offers [for the savvy shopper]Ã TTC: is an acronym that appears on receipts and it refers to the grand total that you owe for a given purchase. The initials TTC stand forÃ toutes taxes comprisesÃ (all taxes included). TTC lets you know what you will actually be paying for a product or service. Most prices are quoted as TTC, but not all, so its essential to pay attention to the fine print. The opposite ofÃ TTCÃ isÃ HT, which stands forÃ hors taxe; this isÃ the base price before the addition of the European Union-mandatedÃ TVAÃ (value-added tax), which stands at 20 percent in France for most goods and services.