Irish

Role play: Shopping

This Revision Bite will give you practice in role plays about shopping.

Warm-up exercise

Role-play simulation: Shopping

Sample answers with teacher's comments

Compare what Colm and Róisín said in this role play and find out why the teacher gave Róisín a higher mark.

1.Dia duit ar maidin. An dtig liom cuidiú leat? Good morning. Can I help you?

Colm does not bother to answer the shopkeeper's greeting. He choses the easiest way of giving the message and merely states what he wants to buy. He omits the word 'box' which is part of the task.

Róisín gives a full answer. She replies to the shopkeeper's greeting and communicates everything she is asked for in the task.

2. Seo duit. Ar mhaith leat rud ar bith eile? Here you are. Would you like anything else?

Colm again says the minimum, stating only what he wishes to buy

whereas Róisín takes the opportunity of showing the examiner that she knows how to thank the shopkeeper, and she uses more fluent language to express what she wants.

3. Cinnte. Sin punt agus nócha pingin, le do thoil. Surely. That's £1.90 please.

Colm answers the question very briefly; the examiner could think that he does not have the vocabulary to offer any more information.

Róisín extends her answer and uses a better range of vocabulary.

4. Agus seo do bhriseadh. Slán leat. And here's your change.

Colm's answer is short and somewhat abrupt;

He could easily have offered his thanks and shown the examiner that he was able to do this. Róisín is polite and thanks the shopkeeper and even uses her name! She gives the impression of being very comfortable with the whole situation and very much at ease with using the Irish language in a natural way.

Transcript and translation

1. Dia duit ar maidin. An dtig liom cuidiú leat? Good morning. Can I help you?

Colm says:

  • Calóga arbhair.
  • Cornflakes.

Róisín says:

  • Dia is Muire duit. Ba mhaith liom bosca calóga arbhair le do thoil.
  • Good morning. I'd like a box of cornflakes please.

2.Seo duit. Ar mhaith leat rud ar bith eile? Here you are. Would you like anything else?

Colm says:

  • Bainne.
  • Milk.

Róisín says:

  • Go raibh maith agat. Tabhair dom buidéal bainne fosta, le do thoil.
  • Thank you. Give me a bottle of milk also, please.

3.Cinnte. Sin punt agus nócha pingin, le do thoil. Surely. That's £1.90, please.

Colm says:

  • Seo an t-airgead.
  • Here's the money.

Róisín says:

  • Maith go leor. Seo nóta deich bpunt.
  • Okay. Here's a £10 note.

4. Agus seo do bhriseadh. Slán leat. And here's your change.

Colm says:

  • Slán agat.
  • Goodbye.

Róisín says:

  • Go raibh maith agat, a Bhean Uí Mhurchú agus slán agat.
  • Thank you, Mrs Murphy and goodbye.

Exam tips

  • It is very important to prepare well for this part of the examination. Give yourself plenty of practice beforehand by thinking about what you might want to buy in a shop and what language you would need in order to make the transaction.
  • Look through past papers and you will see that the same kind of phrases come up frequently. Begin by learning these basic phrases off by heart so that you will be well equipped to make a good attempt at answering any question on shopping.
  • Use the warm-up exercises to help you brush up on the phrases which come up often in role plays about shopping.
  • Remember also to revise and learn by heart the vocabulary which you need for shopping - especially food and drink, and clothing which appear very often in these situations.
  • In the role plays it is very important to say something for every part of each question in order to score the full marks. For example, if you are asked to say 'a bottle of milk' and you only say 'milk' you may not be awarded all the marks. During your preparation time, take particular care with this so that nothing gets left out when you give your answer.

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