Australia Network Logo
Episode 27: Op Shop Tour
Episode 27: Op Shop Tour
Today we join Preeti on a tour of places that sell donated goods, called op shops. Listen for what they are going to do.
Transcript

We’ve got morning tea. We've got lunch. It's all gonna happen today but before we go any further I actually do need you all to take our op shop oath. So could you please all raise your right hand.
I do solemnly swear..
I do solemnly swear..
that I'm going to have some fun.
that I'm going to have some fun.
I'm gonna bag a bargain
I'm gonna bag a bargain.

They're going to 'bag a bargain'. To 'bag' something is to seize it or get it. It's a slang word. Now, who is Preeti shopping with?

I'm here all on my own. I haven't been on shopping on my own. I always did this thing with my mother.

She said she's 'all on my own' - she's alone and not with anyone else she knows. Listen again:

I'm here all on my own. I haven't been on shopping on my own. I always did this thing with my mother.

Now listen for another way of saying 'on their own':

We've got people who have come here before. They come on by themselves and then they've met up with someone else on the tour and the next thing they're going out for dinner together.

They come 'by themselves'. This means that a number of people have come on the tour on their own. Listen again:

We've got people who have come here before. They come on by themselves and then they've met up with someone else on the tour and the next thing they're going out for dinner together.

Another way of saying 'on my own' is 'by myself'. Preeti is shopping by herself. Next, listen for another phrase with 'myself':

Wow, I like this. I'm gonna buy something for myself of course. Maybe a lot of things for myself, and something for my husband and of course something for my kitchen as well.

For myself. Something that is for yourself is something that you will own. So what sort of things do op shops sell?

So Preeti what you find in this store is that there are discounted new items.
Right. That's the point, new item.
So throughout the middle of the store you'll find brand new shoes, hand bags.
All sorts of bits and pieces. But it's discounted.

They sell 'all sorts of bits and pieces' - that just means lots of different things. Some are 'brand new', which is just another way of saying 'new' and they are 'discounted', which means they are cheaper than usual. But what's the really cheap stuff?

And then on the sides you'll find all your pre-loved.

Pre-loved. That's a polite way of describing things previously used or owned by someone else. Listen for another way of saying pre-loved:

The thing is I have never bought second-hand things before. Specially clothes. I don't want to buy those clothes which already have been worn out, you know. Yeah, but such stuff like bags or shoes, kitchen stuff, I don't mind buying that.

Second-hand. They’re not new. So what’s another word for old clothes?

A lot of the stores have vintage, so, you know, at the moment we're talking about an 80s revival and you will find that if you go to an op shop you're gonna find authentic 80s.

Vintage. Vintage refers to old things that are desirable. For instance, you can have vintage cars and vintage wines. We’ll finish with Preeti using the past tense of buy, bought:

Today was a fantastic experience for me and it was fun, it was exciting and it was a bargain. Look at me. I bought something for my house. I bought something for my husband, for myself and I got something additional, a present.

Advertisement
Home and Away
Improve Your English
Advertisement
Explore Australia Network
TV Guide
Ways to Watch
News
Learning English
Sports Lounge
About Us
Australia Network Home
Help
Legals
© ABC 2014