How to talk about prices in English – Basic Vocabulary


Do you like shopping? I don’t. But one thing I
do like is saving money and getting a bargain or a deal when I have to go shopping and buy something.
What I’m going to teach you is how to talk about prices or how much something
costs or how much something was in English. It is difficult, I think, to say numbers or
listen to when people tell you how much something costs in English because we don’t say, “Ten
dollars and seventy-five cents, please.” What we do is we take the number, and we divide it.
So if I was going shopping, and I wanted to ask someone, I would say, “Hey, how much
is this?” If I held the thing in my hand and said, “Excuse me. How much is this?” People
would say — or the person that was trying to sell it to you would say, “It is ten seventy-five.”
You do not need to go through “ten dollars and seventy-five cents.” We just say the first
number, then the second number. So this number is “ten seventy-five”. Wherever the dot is
— or the decimal point — that’s where we divide the number. This one is “two fifty”.
This one would be “eighteen twenty-five”. Something quite expensive
would be “a hundred and eighty-seven forty-two”. Now, we do not — at least I don’t — buy
things that are in the thousands. But maybe you’re going shopping, and what you’re buying
is very expensive. If the number is over a hundred — it’s “one thousand eight hundred
and seven eighty-seven”. It’s the same rule. We say the first number, and the cents
we just say as a number together. Maybe in your country you use a very, very
high or big currency. Most of our purchases are not more than a thousand dollars, depending,
of course, on what you’re buying. But a typical grocery store or clothing store probably — maybe,
depends how much you eat or what you buy — it’s not going to be over a thousand. So you’re
not going to have to use “one thousand seven hundred and forty-two” a lot. The other
really, really easy thing is that if you don’t really understand when people speak
very quickly, like, “It’s ten seventy-five.” “What? Excuse me. How much is this?” “Three
eighty-five” “What?” “Three eighty-five.” “What?” “Three eighty-five.” What you can do
is when they type it into the cash register, you can look at the price. Or you can ask
them “Please write it down.” That way, you can actually see the numbers. Now, I’ve
told you that the person will say, “It is” — the price. Once you have bought it,
you can say to your friends, “Do you like my new shirt?” Your friend’s like, “Oh, I love it!
Oh, my God! How much was it?” And then you punch your friend for having friends
that talk like that. You’re going to say, “It was”. So after you have bought something,
“it was ten seventy-five.” “It was two fifty.” This is the only grammar, the only two tiny
words that you need to use. Yes. No. Don’t say this. Don’t say this, “The price is” or
“the price was”; “the cost is”; “I paid the money”. “Did you really pay money?” Of course,
you paid money. Do not use these expressions. They’re very unnatural. This one
is just strange and unnecessary. So the next time you go shopping, try and
listen; try and ask people questions; and listen to the price of things. Watch out for
the evilness called “tax”. People will always say, “Oh, that’s eighty-seven thirty-five
plus tax.” And in Canada, it’s not included in the price, so good luck shopping out there.
Until next time, goodbye.

100 comments

  1. I have made some grammeritically mistakes which some sentences doesn’t makes properly and after when I learn grammeritically English through your videos ,I m go to rewrite my book and I wish to all of you and specially you mam to see my mistakes what I had done in my book .and here is my email id for contact me I will send you a free book in your email id .if anybody wants so here is my email id ([email protected]).

  2. It is the first video I watch with this teacher. And it's absolutely amazing. She is so funny and does a great job. Thank you!

  3. Ronnie, do you know why in Canada it's not included the tax on the price tag? in Mexico we pay taxes as well, but we know the total price from the beginning, at the end in the ticket the cost and taxes are broken down. by the way I love shopping, I loved your Dollarama stores.

  4. thank you very much for the lesson. that was fascinating for me. I am indonesian and start learning English and I was confuse how to read a price.

  5. Yeaaah!!!
    In Canada is common you listen this phrase: "It is $32,84 plus Tax" 8% province + 12% (no remember hehe)
    I've already listened hehehehe

  6. If you attach “dollar” to the number, should we say “dollar” or “dollars” since price numbers are mostly plural. And what about cents?

  7. Soy principiante, comprendi un 50% del video. Entonces no se debe mencionar el signo de $$$ cuando se responde??

  8. English lessons in English lol 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  9. Mam ur say incorrectly 180787…. correctly we say one lack eighty thousand seven hundred eighty seven… Ok mam
    Mam ur teaching fadu(amazing) type… really good way

  10. What about if it is less than 10 pees? Let's say it is 14.08? How would you say?
    Is the answer: forteen eight?? Thank you in advance! 🙂

  11. You're cool. I like see your lessons. It's interesting. You explain very simply. Thank you so much.))))

  12. Thank you Ronnie with you i can speak good english i'am from France, my name is yassine thank you so much madam,good luck !

  13. Hi ,
    I'm so disappointed over one of your videos in which you showed the expressions and words referring to sex and representative drawings of sex organs in a very informal and colloquial method . Indeed , your were so abusive over morals and ethics , that episode was so extremely immoral so please respect the orientation of the channel .

  14. Sorry teacher. You said it is ten seventy-five but on the board is written I rsrsrs I love your lessons. I'm learning a lot and I'm attentive . Kkk kisses

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