In this lesson of our English Spanish Parallel Texts course and we are going to practice discussing buying clothes in Spanish. Start by reading the text in Spanish below. The English translation is provided later but please try not to look at it until you have read the Spanish version various times and tried your best to understand it.
There may be some words and phrases in the text that you are unfamiliar with, but you should be aiming to capture the main essence of what is happening. There will always be words and phrases popping up in real-life situations that you have never heard before, so it is important never to get too distracted by details.
If you want to investigate some of the words you don’t know with a dictionary that would be great, please do, but do this after trying your best to understand with what you already have in your head.
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Buying clothes in Spanish
Cuando voy de compras, me gusta mirar en todas las tiendas antes de decidir qué comprar. Me pruebo muchas cosas y me gusta hablar con los dependientes sobre zapatos, ropa y moda.
Después de estar en todas las tiendas de la gran vía, me gusta ir a tomar un café a mi cafetería favorita. Normalmente, como un trozo de pastel y leo el periódico también.
Cuando estoy segura de lo que quiero comprar, vuelvo a las tiendas y uso la tarjeta de crédito de mi marido para comprar mi ropa y mis zapatos.
Odio ir de compras. No necesito comprar nada. Aparte de una nueva moto y algunas cervezas más para la nevera.
Julia quiere ir de compras todos los fines de semana y tengo que llevarla a la ciudad porque no conduce. ¡Es increíble! Está allí todo el día probándose zapatos y ropa y charlando con sus amigos sobre quién sabe qué.
La espero en el bar de mi amigo y normalmente veo el fútbol. Julia me llama por teléfono cuando ha terminado de probarse cosas y quedo con ella para pagar todo con mi tarjeta de crédito.
Julia: When I go shopping, I like to look in all the shops before deciding to buy something. I try on many things and enjoy talking to the shop assistants about shoes, clothes and fashion.
When I have been in all the stores on the high street, I like to stop and have a coffee in my favorite café. Normally, I also eat a piece of cake and read the newspaper.
When I am sure of what I want to buy, I go back to the shops and use my husband’s credit card to buy my clothes and shoes.
I hate shopping. There is nothing I need to buy. Apart from a new motorbike and some more beers for the fridge.
Julia wants to go shopping every weekend and I have to take her to town because she doesn’t drive. It is incredible! She is there the entire day trying on shoes and clothes and chatting with her friends about who knows what.
I wait for her in my friend’s bar and usually watch the football. Julia phones me when she has finished trying things on and I meet her to pay for everything with my credit card.
So, how did you get on? How much did you understand of the original text before checking the translation? Please let me know in the comments section below…
Don’t worry if you didn’t understand that much, practice makes perfect! Be patient and keep reading, hearing, writing, and speaking Spanish. See you next time!
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