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How to: negotiate your way around the supermarket.
Although the old ‘Produkti’ shops, where you make your selection from across the counter before paying at a cash desk and then returning to claim your goods, are a dying breed, the new supermarkets are not always as userfriendly as one might hope. Here are some phrases to help you out:

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

Где можно найти горчицу? Where can I find mustard? (NB, mustard’s in the accusative – it’s the object of what you’re looking for).

Не могу найти зубную пасту. I can’t find the toothpaste.

Помогите, пожалуйста, я ищу изюм. Can you help me please, I’m looking for raisins.

At the deli counter:

Курица на костях? Is the chicken on the bone?

Скажите, пожалуйста, салат сегодняшний? Can you tell me please, is that salad fresh? (literally: today’s).

В салате есть мясо/орехи? Is there meat/nuts in the salad?

Дайте, пожалуйста, двести грамм. Can I have 200g (just under half a pound) please?

Дайте, пожалуйста, грамм двести. Can I have 200g or so please? (the inversion makes the measurement approximate rather than precise).

Don’t forget to weigh your produce before you hit the tills:

Взвесьте, пожалуйста. Could you weigh this please?

Это поштучно. It’s by the unit (i.e. once price per item, you don’t need to weigh).

Так много? Я не буду брать. So much? I’m not going to take it.

The bakery counter:

Дайте, пожалуйста, кусочек/целый торт. Can I have a piece/the whole cake.

Булочки у вас свежие? Are the rolls fresh?

Хорошо выглядит, а как на вкус? It looks good, what does it taste like?

The last hurdle:

Дисконтная карта есть? Do you have a discount card?

Пакет платный. You have to pay for a plastic bag.

Поменьше не будет? Do you have anything smaller?

Мы не принимаем кредитные карты. We don’t take cards.

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