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Episode 02

Carolina and Emily are also back for Series 4! Along with Jo and Adam, they talk about the time of year when bargains can be had – the January sales!

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Leave a comment below!

  • How do you feel about the sales – do you love them or hate them?
  • When's the most popular time for sales in your country?

Leave a comment and we'll discuss some of your answers in the next podcast.


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Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Hi BC,

My name is Lam Tran. I'm from Viet Nam. The big sales is at a long holiday, Christmas and Lunar new year. In my country, the first day of big sales is always attract a lot of people. Most of people go to the big sales are women. They made a long queue wait for many hours to enter a shoping center to buy a things. The big sales opened from luxury shops to street market. The people has low income go to street market to buy a things at the big sales. These day, we have online shopping the another way to buy at big sales. We haven't wait for a hours in crowd. It is a comfortable way to buy a thing at the big sales just click a mouse.

I like shopping and going to the market to buy clothes or shoes but I am always confused especially when I want to buy clothes. I don't know which colour or model I have to buy so if you have some advice to help me buying the suitable clothes, I will be grateful.
Unfortunately, in my country there isn't popular time for sales because there aren't big companies and because of the bad situations that we live in.

Hi,i have an advice for u,
If u buy sth that ur heart says u,
it is better and the mirror and ur eyes say :it looks u good:
You wont regret,i'm sure
Good luck

For Hong Kong , the most popular time for sales is during Christmas and the Lunar New Year. Everyone is crazy for buying Christmas gifts and snacks for the Chinese New Year . I love sales very much as the atmosphere is great and happy . And you can also buy things at lower price .

Hello, In India, last five years there are lots of malls and shops are opened in everywhere in the cities. I don't like give a lot of time for shopping. Now, online shopping became very popular in metro cities. I prefer online shopping, it saves time. Sometimes I go to online and get information about the product which I want to buy and then go to the shop for shopping. In this way, I save times and do bargaining from the shopkeeper.

In Vietnam, sales in the shops are usually old or cheap things. People go crazy and push each other to get things they want. I hate sales, very crowded. To be honest, I have never gone to the sales shops and buy things.I really want to go to Britain, and find out about sales in the UK.

I want to know the meaning of. Out of your league"

Hello Sad_silvano,

'be out of your league' is in the Cambridge Dictionaries Online. You can find a definition and examples by searching for it using the search box on the lower right side of this page.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi everyone,
Here in Dubai the festival shopping month is January, people from nearby countries come shopping.I normally find it bizzare when the price of a suit ,for example, was 2000 dh and in sales u can buy for 250 dh only.Its really unethical.As far as I am concerned, i never shop during sales period.

I think the sales period is mostly the same all over the world , pleasures and problems are the same .
Personal I like to be informed about what I will buy , what quality ,what price have in a normally shop and on internet .In some situations I discover the same prices in sales and in the rest of time.
So, my advice is to be carefully in the sales , you can waste the money.