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Mixer #-141 | Low Intermediate 4

Shopping Online

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Lindsay / United States
speakerYes, I've bought many things online. This year, I bought all of my family's Christmas presents online. I bought my mother a calendar, and I bought my father a golf bag online. And I bought my sister a gift certificate to an American store, because she wants to buy a new suit.

Paul / England
speakerI'm an avid record collector, vinyl record collector. I often use internet shopping sites to purchase rare and difficult-to-find records. It offers a huge range and access to records that often record shops do not have, or you have to wait for them to come into stock. So, I find it opens up a whole world of options.

Gareth / England
speakerI've bought stuff from Amazon before, and just mostly books and DVDs and stuff like that, and it was really convenient. I could click online, and it got sent to my door, and I paid on delivery. So, yeah, it was really easy.

Sarah / England
speakerI tend to do more of my shopping online, including my food shopping, generally because it saves time and normally saves money. I've always gotten with online shopping; I've never really had a problem with it. Even when you want to return something, it's always really good.

Shifani / New Zealand
speakerYes, I have bought quite a few things online, actually. I use Trade Me quite a lot, where you can buy items, used or new, from other users. So, I've bought computer software, I've bought a computer, I've bought a camera, I've even bought shoes and jackets, and have been satisfied every single time.

Warren / Canada
speakerYeah, I actually quite often buy things from the internet. The last thing I bought was a table, actually. I was quite surprised; I've never bought anything that large before. I actually just ordered it and it hasn't arrived yet, but I'm looking forward to seeing how easily they can deliver that.

Adria / United States
speakerYes. Actually, my boyfriend is a computer engineer, and because of that, he likes a lot of gadgets, so I go to a website and get him some kind of geeky little trinkets for him for birthdays and Christmas.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson!

gift certificate


I bought my sister a gift certificate to an American store,

A gift certificate is a paper that you can use like money at a store. Notice the following:

  1. I got a gift certificate for Christmas.
  2. That gift certificate is only good for two months.



I'm an avid record collector

When you are an avid fan of something, that means you like it more than most other people. Notice the following:

  1. He is an avid golfer. He plays every week.
  2. She is an avid stamp collector.

paid on delivery


It got sent to my door, and I paid on delivery.

When something is paid on delivery, it is paid for when it arrives at its destination. Notice the following:

  1. The pachage was paid on delivery.
  2. If you cannot pay now, you can pay on delivery.

every single time


I have been satisfied every single time.

Every single time just means every time, but with more emphasis. Notice the following:

  1. I make that mistake every single time I try this.
  2. He forgets my name very single time we meet.



I get him geeky little trinkets for him for birthdays and Christmas.

A trinket is a small piece of jewelry of little value. Notice the following:

  1. That store sells lots of little trinkets.
  2. There are some free trinkets on the table.


Vocabulary Quiz

certificate • avid • on delivery
single • trinkets
  1. He makes the same mistake every time.
  2. They paid for the cargo .
  3. We gave him a gift for his birthday to his favorite restaurant.
  4. The flea market is a great place to buy .
  5. He is an fisherman.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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