Posted by: lyonenglishnetwork | February 9, 2012

Do you want cashback ?!?

One of my new students actually lived in England for a year.

We got talking and one of the things she mentioned was that when she went to the supermarket in the  local town, she would get asked:

“Do you want cashback?”

The first time she just said no.

But didn’t understand.

The second time, she said no.

But didn’t understand.

After a few times, she asked “what is cashback” ?

Cashback is a system in England where you can get money back from the till at the supermarket, instead of having to go out of your way and go to the cash machine. 

So, if your shopping costs £30, you can ask for £20 cashback and they will debit your card for £50.

It just goes to show, though, there is no translation for cashback in French because the system doesn’t exist.

No two languages are the same.



  1. Flo, my wife, says that she noticed this last time she was in England and thought: ‘what a good idea’. Personally, I think that any additional complications to current French retail systems would tie them up in knots. You know what their admin. is like over here! Better keep it as simple as possible for them.

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