Learn English with Bob the Canadian – At the Grocery Store – Understanding Amounts.

Have you ever been at a store, and the cashier gives you your total, and you aren’t quite sure how to ask them to repeat themselves? In this video I help English learners to understand how to best ask a native English speaker to repeat themselves during a transaction.

Challenge: At the end of this video, try to write down all the amounts that I say in English. It is quite hard, and I might make you smile! 🙂

A few things:
1) There are full English subtitles so if you turn on CC it is an awesome way to reinforce what you are hearing while you are learning English.
2) There is also a perfect English transcript below if you prefer to use that method as you practice.
3) Be sure to rewind or rewatch parts of the video. A great way for the English learner to practice training their understanding.
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Transcript:

Hi Bob the Canadian here and in this video I wanted to talk about what it’s like to be at the grocery store, going through the checkout with some items, and not quite hearing what the total was.

And what the proper way is to ask for the cashier to repeat themselves.

So let’s imagine you’ve gone to the grocery store. You’re in the bread section and you’ve grabbed two loaves of bread.

You’ve made your way to the front and you’re going through the checkout and the cashier rings you through and says, “That’ll be $7.45 please”.

“That’ll be $7.45 please”.

And you didn’t quite hear what they said.

Now you could just say, “What did you say?”

But this is considered kind of direct and somewhat impolite and rude.

So you could say “Pardon me?” which is much more polite.

Or you could say “Pardon?” which is polite.

But if you wanted to inquire about the exact amount you could ask questions like this:

“I’m sorry I didn’t quite hear you. What was the total?”

Or

“I’m sorry. How much do I owe?”

And the cashier will respond with the amount and you’ll be able to pay and you’ll be able to make your way out of the store.

Well that’s how to ask the cashier to repeat themselves when you’re making a purchase in a grocery store or any other kind of store.

Bob the Canadian here. Thanks for watching and don’t forget to subscribe.

Have a great day.

$9.13

$10.11

$11.33

$14.28

$18.70

$27.50

$142.13

$152.80

$1,487.12

That’ll be $2462.11.

I’m sorry. How much was that?

I’m sorry. What was the total?

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