I discovered yesterday that French equivalents of ‘to go shopping’ or ‘to do the shopping’ are faire des courses or faire les commissions, which also mean ‘to run errands’. These expressions were new to me because when in French I’ve either stayed with families or in hotels and have never had to do or talk about such activities.
According to Reverso (to go) shopping (for food/groceries) is (faire) les courses, but shopping as a leisure activity is le shopping. In English you might say, ‘I am doing the shopping’ = I am shopping for food/groceries, but ‘I love shopping’ might refer to the leisure aspect of the activity. Do you make this distinction?
Related expressions include:
- partir faire les magasins = to go on a shopping expedition/trip
- les courses alimentaires = food shopping
- liste des courses = shopping list
- achat en ligne = online shopping
- centre commercial = shopping arcade / precinct / centre / mall
- sac/panier à provisions = shopping bag/basket
- caddie (m) = shopping trolley / cart
- faire du lèche-vitrines = to go window shopping
- faire ses cadeaux de Noël = to do one’s Christmas shopping
One way to practise languages you’re learning is to use them to write shopping lists. I usually write mine in Welsh.