Shopping at a Convenience Store 在便利商店购物

特纳太太:泰德,谢谢你今天晚上到我上班的地方来接我。我真是要谢谢你。

泰德:妈妈,不用谢,我真高兴能够来接你。顺便说一下,放学后,我的朋友来了。我想我们恐怕把冰箱里的牛奶都喝完了。我们是不是该在回家的路上,到超市停一下,为明天的早餐买一些?

特纳太太: 我想这么晚超市已经停止营业了吧。但是我们可以到57号公路那边的一个便利商店去买。这也不太绕道,而且我确定他们是开门的,因为他们是24小时都开门的。

泰德: 他把车开到他妈妈所说的店。)到了,你说得对;他们的牌子上写着“24小时服务”。我不觉得我来过这个地方。我们进去吧。

特纳太太:泰德,这里与我们平时去的大商店真是不一样,对吗?我也不常来这里,因为我觉得这里的东西比普通杂货店的价格贵。

泰德: 然而,在这里好像比较容易找到东西。而且每样东西至少都有一些,只是每样没有多少可以选择的。我的意思是说,每种货物只有一、二个不同牌子的产品。但是这样的话,要做选择的话就比较简单了。

特纳太太:比较容易选择?我喜欢比较不同牌子产品的价格,所以我们就可以知道哪个牌子有最低的价格。一般来说,我的时间比较充裕,我就可以慢慢地比价格,这样我们就可以得到最好的货价比。当然了,现在我们没有什么太多的价格可以比较了,对吗?

泰德: 对,我们没有太多的价格可以比较。这么晚了,可能这是仅有一家开着的店了。如果我们要买牛奶和冰淇淋的话,我们可以在这里买。

特纳太太: 冰淇淋?我们的购物项目好像越来越多了。好吧,我们可以买一些冰激凌 如果价格不是太贵的话。在这里,至少我们不需要在奶制品部门来回折腾决定要选哪个。那个放冰激凌的冰箱就在牛奶和鸡蛋那边。

泰德: 其实,我想买个蛋卷冰淇淋,如果你说可以的话。那种盒装的没有现做的味道好。现在,绝大部分商店都不再销售现做的蛋卷冰淇淋了。

特纳太太: 我想这是这一类便利商店与大型超市又一个不同的地方了。他们甚至还出售现做的蛋卷冰淇淋;在大商店里,你是绝对看不到的。

泰德: 妈妈,你看这里。这些用一种塑料包装的汉堡和红肠面包,是随时都可以吃的。这边的提示上写着,只要把三明治放入微波炉里加热三十秒钟,就是热的,可以吃了。

特纳太太: 如果你饿的话,回家以后,我们可以给你做鸡蛋色拉三明治。我会在这里买一打鸡蛋,这样的话,我们就要足够的鸡蛋了。我看你还是去杂志栏看看。这样的话你就不会老是想着吃的了。我去付牛奶和鸡蛋的钱,我们就可以回家了。(她把他们要买的东西拿到付款处。)

金先生: 晚上好,女士!我是金先生,刚上任的晚上经理。您是否都找到您所要的东西了?

特纳太太: 是的,我们都找到了,谢谢!对你的牛奶价格我感到惊讶,比我预计的低了很多。你的店不仅购买方便,而且价格与其他大型连锁店类同。你们是怎样经营的啊?

金先生: 只有特选的货物才是那么低的价格。我们没有办法与把所有的货物价格都与大连锁店相比。但是我们这里至少不用排长队。

特纳太太: 给你钱,金先生。(她把一张十美金的钞票给他。)请再给我两个蛋卷冰淇淋。喂,泰德,你要什么样的冰淇淋?

 










讨论问题:

1.   这个对话是在哪里发生的?

2.   你觉得泰德有多大?

3.   对话中的便利商店在哪里?那店营业到几点?

4.   什么是在便利商店里购物的优缺点?

5.   在便利商店购物与在大型超市里购物,有什么不同?

6.   泰德和他妈妈买了些什么?

7.   你最喜欢什么样的冰淇淋?

8.   微波炉的优缺点是什么?

9.   在你那里,牛奶是多少钱?鸡蛋呢?

10.     举例说明在便利商店里可能买不到的东西。

11.     举例说明在普通的杂货店买不到的东西。

12.     在便利商店里,有什么样的杂志出售?

13.     菜场离你家多远?

14.     你对用塑胶纸包装的简易餐有什么看法?

15.     你喜欢在哪里买食品?

Mrs. Turner: Thanks for picking me up at work this evening, Ted. I really appreciate it.

Ted: No problem, Mom. I’m happy to do it. By the way, I had some friends over after school today, and I’m afraid we drank all the milk in the fridge. Shall we stop at the supermarket on the way home to get some for tomorrow morning?

Mrs. Turner: I think the supermarket’s closed by this time of night. But we can stop at the convenience store over on Highway 57. That’s not too far out of our way, and I know they’ll be open. They’re open twenty-four hours a day.

Ted: (He drives to the store his mother mentioned.) Here we are. You were right; the sign says “Open 24 hours.” I don’t think I’ve ever been here before. Let’s go in.

Mrs. Turner: This place certainly is different from the huge store we’re used to, isn’t it, Ted? I don’t come here often because I think the prices are higher than at a regular grocery store.

Ted: It seems to be an easy store to find things in, though. And it also seems to have at least one of everything. There isn’t much of a selection. I mean there are only one or two brands on each type of merchandise, but that makes choosing easier, doesn’t it?

Mrs. Turner: Easier than what? I enjoy comparing brands so I can get the best bargain for our family. Usually I’m not in a hurry, so I have the time to compare and get the most for my money. Of course, this time we don’t have much of a choice, do we?

Ted: No, I guess not. This is probably the only place open at this time of night. If we want milk and ice cream, we’ll have to buy them here.

Mrs. Turner: Ice cream too? Our list seems to be growing longer. Oh, well, I guess we can pick up some ice cream – if it’s not too expensive. At least we don’t have to wander around looking for the dairy products department. There’s the ice cream freezer over there next to the milk and eggs.

Ted: Actually, I’d like to get an ice cream cone, if it’s okay with you. The packaged kind doesn’t taste as good as the kind they put on cones. These days, most stores don’t sell ice cream in cones.

Mrs. Turner: I guess that’s another difference between these kind of convenience stores and the larger supermarkets. They even serve ice cream cones here; you’d never see that in a large place.

Ted: Look at this, Mom. These are hamburgers and hot dogs that are all ready to eat. They’re wrapped in some sort of plastic. It says on the label that all you have to do is put the sandwich into the microwave oven for about thirty seconds, and it will be hot and ready to eat!

Mrs. Turner: If you’re hungry, we’ll make egg salad sandwiches when we get home. I’ll pick up a dozen eggs here. That way we’ll be sure to have enough. You’d better go over to the magazine rack and browser. It’ll take your mind off food. I’ll pay for the milk and eggs, and we’ll be ready to go. (She takes her groceries to the counter.)

Mr. Kim: Good evening, ma’am. I’m Mr. Kim, the new evening manager. Did you find everything you wanted?

Mrs. Turner: Yes, I did. Thank you. I’m surprised at your milk prices. They’re much lower than I expected. Your store is not only convenient to shop in, but also your prices are competitive with her larger chains. How do you do it?

Mr. Kim: The prices are low only on selected items. We can’t really compete on all that we sell. But at least here are no long lines.

Mrs. Turner: Here you are, Mr. Kim. (She hands him a ten-dollar bill.) And please take out for two ice cream cones too. Okay, Ted, what kind of ice cream would you like?

Discuss Questions:

1.      Where does this dialogue take place? What people take part in this dialogue?

2.      How old do you think Ted is?

3.      Where is the convenience store in the dialogue? How late is it open?

4.      What are the advantages of shopping in a convenience store? The disadvantages?

5.      What is the difference between shopping at a convenience store and shopping at a large supermarket?

6.      What did Ted and his mother buy at the store?

7.      What are your favorite flavors of ice cream?

8.      What are some advantages of microwave ovens? Some disadvantages?

9.      How much does milk cost where you shop? How much are eggs?

10.  Name some items which you probably cannot buy in a convenience store.

11.  Name some items which you cannot buy in a regular grocery store.

12.  What kinds of magazines are sold in convenience store racks?

13.  How far do you have to go to the nearest food store?

14.  What do you think of the sandwiches that come wrapped in plastic?

15.  Which type of store do you prefer to shop in?

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