What kinds of items would you find being sold at a flea or street market? Would you ever go to such a market to shop? Why or why not?
“sell like mad” = sell very quickly because an item is popular
“If you don’t hurry to the store, you won’t find any of the new iPhones. They’re selling like mad.”
“bells and whistles” = extra, sometimes unnecessary, decorative features on an item
“Hey, I don’t need a CD player with all the bells and whistles. If it plays a CD, then that is enough for me.”
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Merchant: Well, how about a ring for someone special? Customer: There IS no one special.
Customer: Nah. I already have one, plus the handle is cracked.
Customer: Umm. There are stains on the sleeves. I'll pass.
Customer: Whoa! They're way too expensive. I'll give you twenty-five bucks for them.
Customer: Oh, I'll stick with the records.
Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:
Practice the dialogue with a partner. Next, create your own dialogue with the seller and a different customer. Try selling two new things.
|Seller: Hi. Can I help you?
Customer: Uh, I’m looking for some earrings for a friend.
Seller: Well, here’s a nice pair for only $20.
Customer: What? _________.