SHOPPING AND SERVICES
1. Where can people go shopping?
Nowadays people have a wide range of different kinds of shops. If they enjoy shopping under one roof, they can go to shopping malls or shopping centres. There they can find various department stores and buy what they need. Customers are offered all kinds of food, clothes, toys sporting goods, cosmetics, books, furniture, CDs and many others.
Some people still prefer shopping in small specialized shops which saves time and energy and sometimes more specialized goods can be bought.
2. Name some specialized shops and explain what items they sell:
Grocer´s is also called a grocery store or corner shop, they sell a wide variety of food, frozen or fresh, dairy products like milk, butter, cream, cheese, yoghurt and newspapers and magazines, too.
Butcher´s sell meat including pork, beef, fish, lamb, veal, poultry, salami, ham, sausages, bacon.
Ironmonger´s sell things such as a hammer, nails, pliers and tools including different kinds of materials.
Stationer´s sell writing paper, wrapping paper, envelopes, notebooks, cards, pens, pencils, crayons, glue, rubber, rulers.
Chemist´s sell medicines, make-up, shampoo, soap, washing powder, toothpaste.
Baker´s offer different kinds of bread, rolls, buns, cakes.
Boutiques offer the latest fashion. People can buy dresses, shirts, blouses, jumpers, pullovers, skirts,scarves, leather jackets, shoes, bags, belts.
3. Do you like shopping at the market?
At the market people can buy different kinds of fruit like apples, bananas, oranges, pineapples, melons, apricots, grapes and vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, potatoes, pepper, radish, onion, garlic, tomatoes, carrots, beans, broccoli.
Markets sell fresh goods mostly of home origin. In the spring you can also buy plants and trees there and they also sell flower bunches or wreath.
4. Describe a shopping mall in more details:
A shopping mall is a large indoor shopping centre where there are many different types of stores. It is open every day for long hours. If you are tired of shopping, you can have a cup of coffee in a snack bar or in a restaurant. Some shopping centres have cinemas or bowling centres, too. Children can play in special places where sometimes you can leave them with a babysitter.
5. Do you ever buy goods through the mail order?
Mail order is becoming more and more pupular. People like shopping through the catalogue or the Internet, it´s comfortable and you can find the cheapest shop. On the other hand, some people can trick you and after you pay, they stop answering.
6. Which is your most favourite place to go shopping?
When I do everyday shopping I go to ... or .... but when I need to buy more things, I prefer shopping in Bratislava or Nitra because the shopping mallls offer wider choice of items and they offer sales in the spring and autumn.
7. Name some services which provide services for people:
Post: it distributes letters, postcards, telegrams, parcels and other printed materials to recipients. Postal services used to be important especially before the Internet age, when people couldn´t send email or text messages. The person who sends the letter or parcel is called a sender and the one who is the letter delivered to is called a recipient.
Bank: it provides financial services. Most people have a current bank account for keeping money and paying their cheques. If necessary we can use a card to pay in the shops. Otherwise we can pay cash. If we need to borrow some money, the bank may give us a loan or mortgage which is money for building a house or buying a flat.
Police: their role is to protect the citizens, catch the criminals and investigate crimes. They also fine drivers for bad parking or speeding. At the police station people can get new identity cards or passports.