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Today we are going to see how to manage in Spanish when shopping for clothes in a shop or street market. Out shopping is often one of the first times many people get to practice their Spanish on a regular basis with native Spanish speakers and it is a great way to build some confidence little by little.
Firstly let’s learn some useful clothing vocabulary:
It is important to know how to describe the colour of your items, so next let’s see the main colours in Spanish:
The colours which finish in the letter –o, such as “Blanco” and “Rojo”, change their ending to masculine or feminine depending on the gender of the clothes they describe. For example: “Una blusa morada” (A purple blouse). They also need an –s added to the ending when they describe more than one item of clothing or a plural item. For example: “Pantalones” or “Sandalias”.
Let’s see an example in more detail with the colour red:
The colours which finish in different vowels do not change to masculine or feminine, but they do need the –s added to the ending if they describe a plural item or many items.
Let´s see an example with the colour green:
The colours which finish in a consonant do not change to masculine or feminine, but they do need an -es added to the ending if they describe a plural item or many items.
Let´s see an example with the colour grey:
Now, let´s see some more useful vocabulary and phrases to help us manage when buying clothes in Spanish:
This is all for today´s class. With all this information you should be able to manage very nicely in a Spanish speaking clothes shop or shoes shop or market. Obviously there are a lot of things to remember and don’t worry if it doesn’t all sink in at once. The best way to really remember is to use the vocabulary and phrases in real situations. If you have the opportunity to practice, don´t waste it! Even if you don´t like shopping very much, it is a great opportunity to improve your listening and speaking skills and build invaluable conversation confidence.
Have a great week and see you very soon with more Spanish.