May 25 – try on

May 25, 2019 =========

☆  try on 試着する


Today’s word means to try on a piece of clothing, to see if it fits you or if it looks nice. This word is usually used in shops, where the shop assistant might ask you if you’d like to try something on. If you get asked this, the most common response is “No thanks, I’m just looking.”

In fact, because so many people reply “No thanks.” some shops do training with their staff to make sure that they ask questions that can’t be answered with “no.” If the customer says “no” it’s the end of the conversation. So, an open-ended question or statement is better. For example, they might offer to take the clothes you are holding and say something like, “I’ll take these to the changing room so you can try them on when you’re finished looking around.”

Is this the same in Japan?