Website Information

HELPFUL TIP!
"save for a rainy day" = save something for the future when it is needed

"Instead of spending money on a new TV, I'm going to save it for a rainy day. You never know when you'll need it."


"a dime a dozen" = very common, usually inexpensive, and easy to find

"I bought my dad a new watch at a flea market, and I thought I got a great deal only to discover they were a dime a dozen at other places."

More of Randall's Favorite Learning Resources

[Text Completion | Quiz Script]

Shopping for the Day
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Post-Listening Exercises
4. Online Investigations

Level:Topic:Type:Speakers: Length:
easy shoppingconversationman - girl 01:10

I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Shopping online or at local department stores is an activity many people enjoy. How often do you go shopping for the following items and where do you buy them: clothing, gifts for friends and family, music, DVD movies, electronics?

HELPFUL TIP: If you can't find a present you are looking for at a local retail store, try shopping online. It's convenient and you can often save money and time.

Shopping for gifts


II. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play" button, and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

Loading the player ...
[ What are these different audio choices? ]
[ Other Audio Options: Play RealMedia | Play Window Media ]

1. What is the girl shopping for?
A. a present for her mother
B. a present for a friend
C. a present for her father

2. How much is the black wallet?
A. $49.95
B. $40.95
C. $44.95

3. Why doesn't the girl like the brown wallet?
A. There isn't a place to put pictures.
B. It's too big and heavy.
C. She doesn't like the color.

4. About how much does the girl have to spend?
A. $5.00
B. $10.00
C. $13.00

5. What does the girl decide to buy?
A. a black wallet
B. a brown belt
C. a tie


Score =
Correct answers:

Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.

Do the Text Completion Quiz.

3. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
With a partner, decide on a particular item you want to buy like a camera, computer, or book. Then, use the Internet and try to find the buy that considers price, shipping costs, return policy, and time for delivery.

4. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]

Imagine that you want to buy a gift for a friend for her birthday. Your friend is really into electronics and fashionable clothing, so you want to buy your friend either some new headphones for her iPhone or a nice, trendy shirt. Your budget is about $50. Visit two online stores to find these items and compare prices, shipping costs, and the company's refund policy in case there are problems with the order.

Want to Tell People About This Listening Activity?

Now, write your opinions on a similar topic at Randall's ESL Blog HERE.


Randall's Sites: Daily ESL | ESL Blog | EZSlang | Train Your Accent | Tips For Students | Hiking In Utah

Randall Davis. All rights reserved.
Read complete Terms of Use for more information.
VIDEO SNAPSHOT [ ? ]
shopping - Randall Davis

Using This Site