Key European phrases for vegans and vegetarians

Experts from language learning app Babbel share some key phrases for vegans to know before they travel to Europe

Travelling with dietary restrictions comes with its own challenges. Finding a meat-free dish, however, is often a struggle, and communicating plant-based needs through a language barrier is far from an easy task. When visiting another country, it can be useful to have a few key phrases at the ready to get you out of a pickle.

Here are some key phrases vegans should know in various languages to help them get by when travelling:

“What are your vegetarian/vegan options?”

German: Welche vegetarischen/veganen Alternativen haben?

French: Quelles sont vos options végétariennes/végétaliennes?

Italian: Quali sono le vostre opzioni vegetariane/vegane?

Spanish: ¿Cuáles son las opciones vegetarianas/veganas del menú?

Swedish: Vad har ni för vegetariska/veganska alternativ?

Turkish: Vejetaryen/Vegan seçenekleriniz neler?

“Can you make this without _____?” (meat, cheese, dairy)

German: Könnte ich das auch ohne ____ haben? (Fleisch, Käse, Milchprodukte)

French: Pourriez-vous préparer ce plat sans ____ ? (viande, fromage, produits laitiers)

Italian: È possibile cucinare questo piatto senza _____? (carne, formaggio, latticini)

Spanish: ¿Puede preparar este plato sin ____? (carne, queso, productos lácteos)

Swedish: Kan ni laga den här rätten utan ________? (kött, ost, mjölkprodukter)

Turkish: Bunu etsiz ______? (peynirsiz, süt ürünleri kullanmadan, hazırlayabilir misiniz)

Russian: Вы можете приготовить это без (мяса, сыра, использования молочных продуктов)? (Vih mozhete prigotovyet eto beez…myasa, sihra, eespolzovanye molochneyih produktov?)

“Do you know of any good ______ restaurants in town?” (vegan, vegetarian, paleo)

German: Kennen Sie ein gutes ____ Restaurant in der Nähe? (veganes, vegetarisches, Paläo-)

French: Connaissez-vous des bons restaurants ____ en ville ? (végétaliens, végétariens, paléo)

Italian: Conoscete qualche buon ristorante ______ in zona? (vegano, vegetariano, paleo)

Spanish: ¿Conoces algún restaurante bueno donde sirvan comida vegetariana/vegana/paleo?

Swedish: Vet du någon bra _____ restaurang i stan? (vegansk, vegetarisk, paleo-)

Turkish: Şehir merkezinde tavsiye edebileceğiniz ________ restoranlar var mı? (vegan, vejetaryen, paleo)

Russian: Вы знаете какие-нибудь хорошие (вегетарианские, веганские, палео) рестораны в городе? (Vih znayete kakiye-nebut horosheye (veghetarianskye, veganskye, pahleyo) restoranih vgorodeh?)

“Is this meal prepared with the same equipment or oil as your meat dishes?”

German: Wird dieses Gericht mit denselben Kochutensilien oder in demselben Öl zubereitet wie ihre Fleischgerichte?

French: Est-ce que ce plat est préparé avec les mêmes ustensiles ou la même huile que les plats de viande ?

Italian: Questo piatto è stato preparato con gli stessi utensili da cucina o con lo stesso olio dei vostri piatti con la carne?

Spanish: ¿Habéis preparado este plato con los mismos utensilios o el mismo aceite que usasteis para los platos con carne?

Swedish: Är den här rätten tillagad med samma köksredskap eller samma olja som era kötträtter?

Turkish: Bu yemeği hazırlarken, etli yemekleriniz için kullandığınız gereçleri veya yağı kullandınız mı?

Russian: Приготовлено ли данное блюдо с использованием того же оборудования или масла, что и ваши мясные блюда? (Pregotovleno li danoye blyuda seespolzovaneyem togo zhe oborydovanye eelee masla, shto ee vasheye myasneye blyuda?)

“What kind of dairy alternatives do you have?”

German: Welche Alternativen zu Milchprodukten haben Sie?

French: Quelles alternatives avez-vous pour remplacer les produits laitiers ?

Italian: Avete prodotti sostitutivi dei latticini?

Spanish: ¿Tenéis otras alternativas a los productos lácteos?

Swedish: Vad har ni för alternativ till mjölkprodukter?

Turkish: Süt ürünü içermeyen alternatifleriniz nelerdir?

Russian: Какие альтернативы молочным продуктам у вас есть? (Kakeeye alternateeveye molochnim produktam oo vas yest?)

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