At the Grocery Store – Beginners

For ESL levels 1 and up

The grocery store is a large store. You can buy food at the grocery store. “Groceries” are food we buy in a store, not a restaurant. We buy groceries and prepare food at home. Sometimes, we call a grocery store a market or supermarket. We have many grocery stores:

  • Earth Fare
  • Food Lion
  • The Fresh Market
  • Harris Teeter
  • Kroger
  • Lowe’s Foods
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Whole Foods

You can also buy food at Wal-Mart or Target. They have a grocery section.

Watch this video.

In the video, you can hear these words. Here are the definitions.

  • produce – fresh fruits and vegetables
  • beef – meat from a cow (Beef packages might have these words: ground beef, steak, brisket, loin, rib, flank, or round.)
  • pork – meat from a pig (Pork packages might have these words: Boston butt, jowl, spareribs, loin, bacon, or ham.)
  • chicken – meat from a chicken (Chicken packages might include these words: wing, breast, leg, or thigh.)
  • dairy – eggs, milk, and foods made from milk (butter, yogurt, cheese)
  • bakery – a store (or area of a grocery store) where you can buy cakes and bread
  • cupcake – a small cake for one person
  • pastry – a sweet, baked food
  • bun – bread for a hamburger or a hot dog

Your Turn

Talk with your classmates.

  1. Tell 3 vegetables.
  2. Tell 3 fruits.
  3. Tell 3 kinds of bakery foods.
  4. Tell 3 kinds of meat.
  5. Tell 3 dairy foods.
  6. Where do you buy your food?
  7. Are American grocery stores big or small?
  8. Is food in the United States expensive or cheap?
  9. Is American food healthy?
  10. Do you like American food?

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