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Everyday Dialogues: In the Changing Room

Febbraio 2018
Dalla parte del cliente: quando si va a provare un vestito, prima di decidere se acquistarlo, è utile conoscere qualche termine appropriato per parlare in inglese con le commesse… e aumentare la probabilità di fare la scelta giusta!

di Mariam Khan

File audio:

Speakers: Molly Malcolm (American accent), Sarah Davison (British accent), Alex Warner (British accent)

Shop assistant

Is everything OK in there? How are you getting on?


Well, I love the dress, but it’s a bit on the tight side.

Shop assistant

Let’s have a look. Oh, it looks lovely on you! Let me get the next size up.


Thanks. Can you get it in green?

Shop assistant

No problem. […] Here, I’ve also brought you some accessories to try on. The silver chain goes particularly well with this model.


Great. Oh yes, that fits much better. What do you think?

Shop assistant

This style really suits you and the colour brings out your eyes. I think it’s a winner!


Thank you! I’ll take both the dress and the necklace.

Shop assistant

Wonderful. I’ll leave them at the till for you.


‘How are you getting on?’ is a common way of saying ‘How are you doing?’ The person is asking if what you are doing is going well.

When something is on the tight side, it means that it is just a little too tight. You can imagine a scale, with ‘very tight’ on one side and ‘very loose’ on the other. Chloe’s dress is on the tight side of the scale.

‘Let’s have a look’ here means ‘Let me see’ or ‘Show me’.

The next size up is one size bigger.

To try on means to test, to see how you like it.  

When the shop assistant says the chain goes well with the dress, she means that they complement each other. They are a good combination.

The verb to fit is used for clothing, to indicate whether or not the size is correct.

The verb to suit is also used in this context, to say that it is a good match, that it looks good on the person wearing it.

To bring out is another way of saying ‘to highlight’. The colour of the dress makes the colour of Chloe’s eyes more noticeable.

In the UK, the till is the drawer where the money is kept in a shop and the place where you pay. In the US, it is the ‘cash register’.

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