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Unit 23 :
At a Duty- Free Shop



To know words and phrases related to tax-free shopping.

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Have you ever bought something at a duty-free shop abroad?

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Repeat these words/ phrases after your teacher.

  • clunky (adj)
  • jewelry (n)
  • suggestions (n)
  • buy ( v)
  • necklace (n)
  • help (v)
  • selection (n)
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Dialogue 1

Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.



Hello sir, can I help you with anything?

Yes, I am looking for a present to give to my girlfriend, but I don’t know what to buy.

I can definitely help you with that. Are you looking for perfume, jewelry, or something else?

I think I want to buy her a new necklace. Do you have any suggestions?

Sure, we have a great selection of jewelry. Does she prefer gold or silver?

She loves silver, but nothing too big or clunky.

I have the perfect necklace for you. How do you like this one sir?

It’s perfect! I’ll take this one.

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Let’s practice

Match the words in column A with their word meaning in column B.


Column A

  1. clunky
  2. jewelry
  3. suggestions
  4. buy
  5. prefer

Column B

A. the process by which a mental state is influenced

B. to acquire possession by payment

C. ornamental pieces

D. to like better or best

E. clumsy in style or form

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Dialogue 2

Role-play Dialogue 2  with your teacher.



Excuse me, I’d like to ask you about this liquor.

Sure. What would you like to know?

Is it popular as a souvenir?

Yes, very popular. It is produced in a traditional way and it has a very mild and soft taste. For example, this one.

This one is as sweet as a soft drink, but it contains a rather high alcohol percentage.

I see. I’ll take three bottles, then.

Very well, ma’am.

Could you wrap them separately if possible?

Sure, no problem. Will you pay in cash or by credit card?

Do you accept international credit cards?

Of course. Could you put your signature here?


Thank you. Would you like to pay in Japanese yen or dollars? You can choose.

In that case, I’d like to pay in yen, please.

 Certainly. Here you are. Thank you for shopping with us, and have a safe trip!


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Let’s Practice

  1. Liquor, Alcohol,  Spirits, Soda
  2. Refund, Save,  Reimburse, Pay
  3. Traditional, Conservative, Authentic, Old-fashioned
  4. Prefer, Throw away, Handpick, Select
  5. Coin, Commemorative, Token, Souvenir
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Share your idea with your teacher. Try to make sentences.

  1. What do you think about the prices in duty-free shops?
  2. Do you usually buy souvenirs during your trip or just before you go back home?
  3. Have you ever used a traveler’s check? If so, where and why did you use it?