Kèrén: Nǐ hǎo, wǒ xiǎng mǎi yī jiàn wàitào.
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Diànyuán: Nǐ xǐhuān shénme kuǎnshì de? Xiūxián fēnggé háishì zhèngshì fēnggé?
Kèrén: Xiūxián yīdiǎn de. Zhè jiàn hēisè de kàn qǐlái búcuò, wǒ jiù mǎi zhè jiàn.
Diànyuán: Hǎo. Zhè jiàn yuánjià 2,000 yuán, xiànzài dǎ jiǔ zhé, dǎzhé hòu shì 1,800 yuán.
Kèrén: Kěyǐ shuākǎ ma?
Diànyuán: Kěyǐ. Xièxie.
Customer: Hi, I want to buy a coat.
Clerk: What style do you like? Casual or formal style?
Customer: Casual. This black one looks good. I want to buy this one.
Clerk: OK. The original price is NT$2,000, and now it is 10% off. After the discount, it is NT$1,800.
Customer: Can I pay by credit card?
Clerk: Yes. Thank you.
1. 外套 (wàitào) coat
2. 款式 (kuǎnshì) style
3. 休閒 (xiūxián) casual
4. 正式 (zhèngshì) formal
5. 原價 (yuánjià) original price
6. 打折 (dǎzhé) to offer a discount
7. 刷卡 (shuākǎ) to swipe a card, pay by credit card
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