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Lesson 4: Taste in Clothing
I want something casual and stylish.

I can explain my clothing preferences.

INTRODUCE

When shopping for clothes, it’s helpful to tell the salesperson what kind of clothes you’re looking for.

PRESENT

STEP A VOCABULARY

I. Listen and repeat.

casual

formal

baggy

tight

plain

flashy

II. Which kinds of clothing above do you like? Which kinds of clothing do you not like?

  • like

  • dislike

III. Practice reading the words.

/ɔ:/

/ɒ/

formal

foggy

sport

shop

shorter

daughter

STEP B GRAMMAR TIP

Use something, anything, and nothing with adjectives when you want to give a vague description.

Use something in positive sentences and questions where you expect positive answers.

  • I want something formal.
  • Do you have something casual?

Use anything in questions and negative sentences.

  • Do you have anything plain?
  • I don’t want anything baggy.

Use nothing in positive sentences that emphasize a negative.

  • I want nothing tight.

UNDERSTAND

SPEAKING

Kana is shopping for clothes at Emma’s Boutique.

Clerk:

Good afternoon! How can I help you?

Kana:

I’m looking for a new skirt.

Clerk:

What kind of skirt are you looking for?

Kana:

I’m not sure yet, but I want something casual and stylish. But nothing flashy, please.

Clerk:

We have several styles in black. You look good in black.

Kana:

Thank you. Oh, I almost forgot: I need party clothes too. I’m going to a gallery opening next week. Do you have anything formal? Maybe something silky?

Clerk:

How about this dress?

Kana:

It’s perfect!

Clerk:

Would you like to try it on? The fitting room is this way.

TRIVIA

Do you know how to say niau (似合う) in English? There are two phrases: You can say you look good in [thing/color] or [thing/color] looks good on you.

 

O You look good in pink.

O Hats look good on you.

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Fill in the blanks using the pictures and the words in the box. Some words may be used more than once.

something
anything
nothing

1. I want _____ plain.

2. Do you have _____ casual?

3. I want _____ formal.

4. I don’t want _____ baggy.

5. Could you show me _____ that’s tight?

STEP B EXERCISE

Complete the conversation using the pictures and words.

1.

comfortable

2.

plain

3.

expensive

Tutor:

Hi. How can I help you?

Student:

I’m looking for new shoes. (1) Do you have _____? (2) I don’t want _____. (3) Also, _____, please.

Tutor:

I’ll check our stockroom. Do you need anything else?

Student:

That’s all. Thank you.

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

You are shopping for new clothes with your friend.


Talk about your clothing preferences.

Today's grammar tip

  • something + (adjective)
  • anything + (adjective)
  • nothing + (adjective)

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

SHOPPING

2

KINDS OF CLOTHING

3

CLOTHING PREFERENCES

1

SHOPPING

  1. Do you often ask for help from staff when shopping?
  2. When you go clothes shopping, how long do you usually take?
  3. Have you ever bought clothes that you did not try on?
  4. Have you ever bought clothes online?

2KINDS OF CLOTHING

  1. What kinds of clothing do people in Japan usually wear (ex. casual, flashy)?
  2. What kinds of clothing were popular when you were a teenager?
  3. What kinds of clothing will be popular in the future?
  4. Do you think unisex clothing will become popular?

3CLOTHING PREFERENCES

  1. What colors do you prefer?
  2. Which do you prefer, baggy clothes or tight clothes?
  3. Which do you prefer, formal clothes or casual clothes?
  4. Which do you prefer, summer clothes or winter clothes?

FEEDBACK

I can explain my clothing preferences.

LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT

  • 4
    Very Good

    Could complete the task with ease

  • 3
    Good

    Could complete the task with some clarifications

  • 2
    Fair

    Could complete the task with additional instructions

  • 1
    Poor

    Could somehow complete the task with difficulty

PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK

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