Shopping in Spanish
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Compras y recados

Once you learn the Spanish names for shops and businesses, you just need to know what to say when faced with all that merchandise!  Be sure to greet the store clerk, then take a look at these useful phrases related to shopping in Spanish. Click the links for verb conjugations.

Useful Spanish shopping verbs

buscar to look for
comprar to buy
devolver to return (an item)
encontrar to find
gastar to spend
probarse to try on
querer to want
tener to have
vender to sell

Let’s go shopping!

For necessities
 hacer la compra to go food shopping
 hacer unos recados to run errands
For fun
 ir de compras to go shopping
For free
 mirar escaparates
mirar vitrinas
 to window shop

What the clerk might say …

¿Le puedo ayudar? May I help you?
¿Qué está buscando? What are you looking for?
¿Cuál es su talla? What’s your size?
¿Es un regalo? Is it a gift?

What you might respond …

Estoy buscando I’m looking for …
¿Tiene … ? Do you have …?
¿Cuánto vale / es … ? How much does … cost?
Es …
   demasiado grande
   demasiado pequeño
 It’s …
   too big
   too small
Sólo estoy mirando, gracias. I’m just looking, thanks.

Miscellanous Spanish shopping terms

una bolsa bag
un carro shopping cart
una muestra sample, tester
ventas sales
caro expensive
económico inexpensive
barata cheap

En la caja – At the register

pagaren efectivo to paycash
con una tarjetawith a credit card
con cheques de viajewith traveler’s checks
el cambio change (back from what you paid)
el recibo receipt

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Spanish shopping vocab

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