Speaking practice - purchasing clothes - Foundation

If you go shopping in Spain, you may hear or use some of these questions and phrases.

¿En qué puedo servirle/ayudarle?How may I help you?
¿Cuánto cuesta(n)?How much does it/do they cost?
¿Cuánto es?How much is it?
¿De qué color?What colour?
¿De qué talla/tamaño?What size?
¿Tiene el recibo?Do you have the receipt?
Me gustaría probarme esta camisetaI would like to try on this T-shirt
Busco un abrigoI'm looking for a coat
No tengo el reciboI don't have the receipt
Me gustaría/quisiera comprar (una camiseta)I would like to buy (a T-shirt)

Example role play

Usted está en una tienda de regalos en España.

  • Ropa - tipo
  • Ropa - para quién.
  • ? Precio
  • Tienda - opinión
  • !
The bullet points give an idea of what might be asked, so use these to prepare what you might say. Where there is an exclamation mark (!) a surprise question will be asked and where there is a question mark (?) you will need to ask a question yourself.

What would you say for this role play? You are in a shop in Spain and you are speaking to the shop assistant about something you would like to buy. Remember to use the usted form.

Listen to a sample answer for this role play.


- ¿En qué puedo ayudarle?

- Quisiera comprar una camiseta.

- ¿Es para usted?

- Es para mi madre.

- Muy bien.

- ¿Cuánto cuesta esta camiseta?

- Diez euros. ¿Le gusta la tienda?

- Me gusta la tienda porque la ropa es barata.

- Claro. Hay descuentos para turistas. ¿De qué nacionalidad es usted?

- Soy inglesa.


- How can I help you?

- I would like to buy a T-shirt.

- Is it for you?

- It's for my mum.

- Very good.

- How much is this T-shirt?

- Ten euros. Do you like the shop?

- I like the shop because the clothes are cheap.

- Of course. There are discounts for tourists. What is your nationality?

- I'm English.