1.2 Shop Talk

1.2 Shop Talk


Read this scenario and compare it with the translation. After that plan to do the role-play activity with the partner. 


In this role-play, one student will act as the customer looking to buy a shirt, while the other will portray the shopkeeper assisting the customer. Switch roles once the interaction is complete.


क़मीज़ की ख़रीददारी


ग्राहक: भैया! आपके पास क़मीज़ है?

दुकानदार: हाँ हाँ, हमारे पास सबसे अच्छी क़मीज़ है।

ग्राहक: मुझे दस क़मीज़ चाहिए सब लाल रंग की।

दुकानदार: क्या किसी डान्स ग्रूप के लिए चाहिए?

ग्राहक: हाँ! आप दिखाइए, तो!

दुकानदार: यह देखिए! सब लाल हैं।

ग्राहक: लाल तो हैं लेकिन पोलियस्टर है। मुझे सूती में या शिफ़ॉन में दिखाइए।


दुकानदार: अरे! यही ले लो सस्ता भी है और अच्छा भी।

ग्राहक: अगर नहीं है तो कोई बात नहीं। मुझे ये नहीं चाहिए।

दुकानदार: अरे! आप तो बुरा मान गईं। यह देखिए सूती है। लेकिन इसमें उतनी चमक नहीं है।

ग्राहक: यह कितने की है?

दुकानदार: चार सौ रुपए की एक है।

ग्राहक: मुझे दस चाहिए तो कुछ तो कम करो।

दुकानदार: ठीक है। साढ़े तीन सौ रुपए।

ग्राहक: नहीं भैया! तीन सौ रुपए।


दुकानदार: ठीक है! ले लो मैडम आप भी क्या याद करोगी।



Customer: Bhaiyaa! do you have shirts?

Shopkeeper: Yes, yes, we have the best shirts.

Customer: I need ten shirts, all in red color.

Shopkeeper: Is it for any dance group?

Customer: Yes! If you have, please show me!

Shopkeeper: Look at this! All are red.

Customer: They are red but made of polyester. Show me in cotton or chiffon.


Shopkeeper: Oh! Take this, it’s cheap and good too.

Customer: If you don’t have it. No problem. I don’t want this.

Shopkeeper: Oh! You got offended. Look, this one is cotton. But it doesn’t shine as much.

Customer: How much is this?

Shopkeeper: It’s one for four hundred rupees.

Customer: I need ten, so please reduce the price a bit.

Shopkeeper: Alright. For three hundred and fifty rupees each.

Customer: No bhaiyaa! Three hundred rupees.


Shopkeeper: Okay! Take it, madam, you will remember it (as it is so good bargain)!



Now it’s your turn.


In this role-play, you will converse with your partner and negotiate with the shopkeeper. You can purchase any item you want, such as a photo, a toy, clothes, etc. After completing the role-play, students should switch roles and perform the scenario again.


Here are some suggestions:

– Keep the conversation lively.

– Limit the use of “Namaste” and “Thank you.”

– Address the other person using “aap” only.

– Maintain a humble tone throughout the interaction.


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