By Linda Hall • 04 May 2023 • 10:04
Image of a woman shopping.
At best they make you feel guilty because you’re not buying and at worst they look at you as though you are a potential shoplifter. It’s always best to say something in these circumstances and use a phrase that’s similar in English and Spanish:
I’m just looking, thank you….. estoy sólo mirando, gracias
On those occasions when you do find a salesperson you’ll need to explain what you want:
Can I try this on….. ¿puedo probar esto?
I want a small/medium/big size….. quiero la talla pequeña/mediana/grande
Do you have this dress/blouse/shirt/suit/coat in another size?…..¿tiene este vestido/esta blusa/esta camisa/este traje/este abrigo en otra talla?
I’d like to see this dress/blouse/shirt/suit in another colour…..me gustaría este vestido/esta blusa/este traje/estos zapatos en otro color
And because it’s often so difficult to get exactly what you want:
This dress is too small/big/tight/loose/long/short…..este vestido es demasiado pequeño/grande/ajustado/suelto/largo/corto
These shoes are too small/big/tight/wide…..estos zapatos son demasiado pequeños/grandes/apretados/anchos
I take a size 37….. gasto un 37
I’m sorry but I don’t like it/them…..lo siento, pero no me gusta/no me gustan
I’m going to think about it….. me lo voy a pensar
Then there’s the saddest phrases of all:
It’s too expensive…..es demasiado caro/cara
They’re too expensive…..son demasiado caros/caras
Is there something cheaper?…..¿hay algo más barato?
On those occasions when you can splash out:
Can I pay by debit/credit card…..¿puedo pagar con tarjeta?
Do you want cash?…..¿lo quiero en efectivo?
And if it really doesn’t suit you:
I’d like to change this.….quiero cambiar esto, por favor
By the way, the person you look for or evade in a department store (grandes almacenes) is un dependiente/una dependienta but not un asistente, who is an attendee. Meanwhile, una asistenta is the person who cleans for you on a daily basis.
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