Where do you live?

How can I talk about where I live, or where I am from? That is a common question for LingoLoop learners. Here is a list of some common words you can use during a conversation about where you live.



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Holiday Vocabulary – Christmas

Can you name find all of the Christmas items in the picture?

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Santa hat
Peppermint swirl lollipop
Jingle bells
Peppermint sucker
Elf stocking
Christmas orange
Candy cane
Santa Claus
Gingerbread man
Christmas Tree
Snow globe
Tree topper star
Knit hat
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Can you find the desserts in the picture?

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Vanilla Ice Cream Pint
Chocolate Cream Pie
Shortbread Cookies
Vanilla Ice Cream Cone
Neopolitan Cake
Jelly Roll Cake
Ice Cream Sandwich


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Restaurant Lingo

#1 Arrival

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host (male or female)/Hostess (female) = the person who greets you at the front of the restaurant, gives you your menus and takes you to your seat

party = the group of people with whom you are eating

menu = food choices, usually printed on paper at a sit-down restaurant or on the wall at a fast food restaurant


#2 Ordering a Drink

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server/waitress/waiter = the person who takes your order and brings you food

tap water = water from the faucet, or public water supply, free of charge.

bottled water = water served in a sealed bottle and usually costs extra.

#3 Ordering Appetizers

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appetizer/starter/something to start = small plate of food before the main meal

for the table = to share with everyone at the table

#4 Ordering Entrees

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Entree/Main course = the big meal, comes after appetizers and before dessert

On the side/side dish = on a small plate separate from the main plate but served with the main plate

#5 Satisfaction

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Send it back = to refuse food that is served to you and ask that it be replaced or changed by the kitchen staff

#6 Ordering Dessert

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Dessert = a small plate of sweet food after the main meal

I’m stuffed = I just ate a lot and I am not hungry at all!

Decaf = decaffeinated, or without caffeine (the stuff that makes you awake when you drink coffee!)

#7 Paying the Check

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All set = all ready, ready to go

Check/bill = a list of the items you ordered and the total price; you pay this at the end of the meal


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Shopping at a Department Store

#1 – Can I Help You?

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Clerk = a worker at a department store or other retail outlet

Ma’am = short for “madame,” the word used to addressed married or older women

Sir = the word used to address men

Miss = the word used to address unmarried or young women

Department = section of a store, usually organized by the type of thing you can buy there (such as shoes, men’s clothing, kid’s clothing, etc.)

“I’m just looking” = a polite way to tell a clerk that you do not need help and are not interested in buying anything right now

#2 – Asking for Help

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Vocabulary (the following are all formal greetings):

Ma’am = usually used for older women. Short for “madame”

Miss = used for young women

Sir = used for men

#3 – Finding a Specific Item

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khaki shorts – shorts made out of a fabric that is usually light brown and was often used in military clothing

advertisement = a public announcement or promotion of a product

online = on the internet

aisle = a passage between shelves of goods in a store. Usually, they are numbered.

price tag = a label on a product, showing its price


#4 – Finding the Right Size

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small < medium < large < extra large = sizes

in stock = available for sale in a store

in my size = in the size that fits me

#5 – Trying Things On

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fitting room / dressing room = a small, private room at a store where you can try on clothes you are interested in buying

try this on = try on a piece of clothing to see if it fits and looks right

right this way = please follow me this way

tight = fits too small

loose = fits too big

I’ll take it = I would like to buy it today


#6 – Putting It on Hold

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purchase = to buy

run an errand = do a task that requires you to go somewhere, such as grocery shopping or picking up laundry

hold it for me = make sure no one else buys it

the counter = the elevated shelf, usually with cash registers, behind which a clerk stands during the transaction


#7 – Returning an Item

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return = to give a product back to the store to get your money back or store credit

to fit = to be the right size

receipt = a piece of paper that proves you bought an item; receipts are given whenever an item is purchased and are usually required for returns

store credit = a coupon that can be used like cash but only at the store that gave it

to refund = to give money back that was used to buy an item that was then returned; refund is also a noun


#8 – Checking Out

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to check out = to pay for your item(s) and get your receipt before the clerk puts your item in a bag and you leave the store

total = the total cost of everything you are buying

cash = paper money

credit card = a card you can use to pay for things and then pay the bill later.

debit card = a card you can use to pay for things that immediately withdraws money from your bank account

swipe your card = put your card into the credit card machine and slide it up or down so that the machine can read your card

enter your PIN = type your Personal Identification Number; you need to type this to use a debit card, but not a credit card


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