Going grocery shopping

Going grocery shopping

Learning Objectives 

  • Make informal and polite requests (“vouloir” in the present tense and “je voudrais”)
  • Be able to express quantities with partitive articles
  • Learn the demonstrative adjectives 

Supplemental resources: vocabulary on food and shops

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Key Words & Phrases

  • Quelques
  • Plusieurs
  • Beaucoup (de)
  • Un petit peu (de)
  • Deux kilos
Polite requests
  • Excusez-moi
  • Je voudrais
  • S’il te plaît / s’il vous plaît

Learn

“Vouloir” in the present tense

“Vouloir” and its uses

Demonstrative adjectives

partitive articles

Grocery shopping – at the market

Kwiziq: “Vouloir” in the present tense

Cliffsnotes: Demonstrative adjectives

Lawless French: partitive articles

Cliffsnotes: partitive articles and quantities

Watch

Français Immersion: “Vouloir” present indicative and conditional

French lessons: Demonstrative adjectives

Français Immersion: partitive articles

ClickView: Shopping for food

Read

Cliffsnotes: “Vouloir”

BBC Bitesize: Demonstrative adjectives

BBC Bitesize: partitive articles

The French experiment: partitive articles

Lawless French: Food vocabulary

Lawless French: Shops vocabulary

Talk in French: Useful vocabulary for grocery shopping

Practice

L’instit.com: “Vouloir” in the present tense

Ortholud.com: “Vouloir” in the present tense

Learn French with Alexa: Practice the demonstrative adjectives

To learn French: Quiz about demonstrative adjectives

Learn French with Alexa: practice the partitive articles

Using one of the recommended resources to get writing feedback, respond to the prompt below. 

  • Your pen pal, Antoine, is trying to help you with your vocabulary. He wrote a paragraph talking about his grocery shopping and asked you a few questions. Write back the best answer you can!

Salut ! 

D’habitude, je vais au supermarché pour faire les courses. J’ai une liste de courses sur mon téléphone. J’achète généralement du lait demi-écrémé. Quand j’invite mes parents, j’achète aussi du lait d’amandes. Mon père est intolérant au lactose. 

J’aime beaucoup faire des quiches. Donc, j’achète toujours des œufs, de la crème fraîche et des lardons. Et toi, tu aimes cuisiner ?

J’adore les fruits. J’achète souvent des pommes et des bananes. L’été, j’achète aussi des fraises. Je n’aime pas tellement les légumes. Je n’achète que de la salade. Quels sont tes fruits et tes légumes préférés ?

J’achète parfois du poisson. J’adore le saumon mais c’est cher. Est-ce que tu achètes de la viande et du poisson ?  Et toi, es-tu végétarien ? 

J’oublie toujours quelque chose quand je vais faire les courses… C’est souvent les fleurs pour ma mère… Est-ce que, toi aussi, tu oublies des choses quand tu vas faire les courses ?

 

  • Why don’t you try writing your next shopping list in French?

Using one of the platforms for finding a tutor or language exchange partner, practice the speaking activities below. 

Partner Speaking Exercise:

  • Write a shopping list in French with your French-speaking partner, and go through it, describing where you would buy each product, which product you would buy (brand, color, type, etc.), and how you would ask for a product you cannot find. You can even make it into a role-play: play the customer at the market, while your partner is the seller.
  • If this is an option, take your French practice into a market or supermarket. Go to the supermarket with your French-speaking partner and your shopping list (written in French, bien sûr). Do your shopping together, discussing the products you need and comparing the products you usually buy.

Independent Speaking Exercise:

Imagine you are going shopping at the market. Ask the imaginary seller for the following items:

  • 2 kilos de pommes
  • 3 poivrons
  • 1 salade
  • 1 citron
  • 1 kilo de tomates

You can find instructions and a download link in our flashcards module

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