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Albanian

  • Unë jam vegjetarian - I'm vegetarian
  • Unë nuk ha mish - I don't eat meat
  • Unë i dua kafshët prandaj nuk i ha ato - I love animals so I don't eat them
  • Unë nuk ha peshk,qumësht dhe vezë - I don't eat fish,milk and eggs
  • Më falni unë jam vegjetarian - Excuse me I'm vegetarian
  • A keni diqka vegjetariane? - Do you have something that is vegetarian?

Bulgarian

Phonetic approximation:
'g' is pronounced as in "gear"
'y' is pronounced as 'a' in 'vegAn'
'c' is pronounced as 'ts
; 'j'/'y' is always pronounced as a short 'e'
'zh' is pronounced as a (soft) French 'g' or a softer version of English 'g' in 'vegetarian'
'i' is pronounced as in Cyrilic
'e' is pronounced as in 'vEgan'
  • Az sym vegetarianec - I am vegetarian
  • Az ne iam meso - I don't eat meat
  • Obicham jivotnite i zatowa ne gi iam - I love animals so I don't eat them
  • Ne jam meso/riba/jajca/mljako/sirene/kashkaval/med/kiselo mljako - I don't eat meat/fish/eggs/milk/feta/cheese/honey/yogurt
  • Imate li neshto vegetariansko? - Do you have anything vegetarian?
  • Imate li neshto bez meso/riba/jajca/mljako/sirene/kashkaval/med/kiselo mljako - Do you have anything without meat/fish/eggs/milk/feta/cheese/honey/yogurt?
  • Ima li nablizo vegetarianski restorant? - Is there a vegetarian restaurant nearby?
  • Predpochitam presni plodove i zelenchuci - I prefer fresh fruits and vegetables
  • mlechni produkti - milk products
  • (ne) jam - I (don't) eat
  • (ne) pija - i (don't) drink
  • Mozhe li edna shopska salata bez sirene? - May I have a "shopska" salad without feta?
  • V tazi supa ima li meso? - Is there any meat in the soup?
  • V tova jadene ima li meso? - Is there any meat in this meal?
  • Ne jam nishto gotveno v zhivotinska maznina - I don(t eat anything cooked in animal fat
ajrjan -- a yogurt drink which is served as a a non-alcoholic drink, so beware!
shopska salata - a salad with fresh vegetables and grated feta
oil - the bottled oil in the shops is usually sunflower oil

Croatian

  • Ja sam vegetarijanac [male]/ vegetarijanka [female] - I am a vegetarian
  • Ja sam strogi vegetarijanac [male]/ vegetarijanka [female] - I am a strict vegetarian - male/female
  • Ne jedem meso, piletinu ni ribu. - I don't eat meat, chicken or fish.
  • Ne pijem mlijeko. - I don't drink milk.
  • Ne jedem maslac, sir, jaja ni med. - I don't eat butter,cheese, eggs, or honey.
  • Ne jedem meso, jaja, ribu, sir, mlijeko. - I do not eat meat/eggs/fish/milk/cheese.
  • Imate li nesto vegetarijansko? - Do you have a vegetarian dish?
  • Ima li blizu vegetarijanski restoran? - Is there a vegetarian restaurant near here?
  • Da li u ovoj juhi ima mesa? / Da li je to mesna juha - Is there any meat in this soup? / Is it a meat soup?
  • Ne jedem nista kuhano na zivotinjskoj masnoci (slanini ili salu) - I do not eat anything cooked in animal fat (bacon or lard)
  • Volim zivotinje, pa ih zato ne jedem. - I love animals, and that's why I don't eat them.

Czech

  • Jsem vegetarian(ka) - I'm vegetarian. -(fe)male
  • Jsem vegan(ka) - I'm vegan. -(fe)male
  • Nejim maso, vejce a syry - I don't eat meat, eggs and cheese
  • Nepiji mleko - I don't drink milk
  • Mate take nejaka vegetarianska jidla? - Do you have any vegetarian dishes also?
  • Mam rad(a) zvirata - I like animals. - (fe)male
  • Rad(a) jim cerstvou zeleninu a ovoce - I like to eat fresh vegetables and fruits. -(fe)male
  • Je v teto polevce ( v tomto jidle ) maso? - Is there any meat in this soup (in this meal)?

Estonian

  • Ma olen taimetoitlane - I am a vegetarian
  • Ma ei söö liha - I do not eat meat
  • Ma ei söö kala ega kana - I do not eat fish or chicken either
  • Ma ei söö piimatooteid - I do not eat milk products
  • Ma ei söö muna - I do not eat egg
  • Ma armastan loomi, ma ei söö neid - I love animals, I do not eat them.

Georgian

  • Me vegetarianeli var - I'm a vegetarian
  • Me ar vcham horts da arts tevzs - I don't eat meat or fish
  • Gakvt vegetarianuli sachmeli? - Have you got any vegetarian food?
  • Me mikvars tskovelebi da ar vcham mat - I love animals, so I don't eat them
  • Me mkatsri vegetarianeli var - I'm a vegan

Hungarian / Magyar

  • Vegetáriánus vagyok. - I'm vegetarian
  • Nem eszek húst / halat / zsírt / tojást / tejet / sajtot / tejterméket / mézet. - I don't eat meat / fish / animal fat / egg / milk / cheese / dairy-products / honey
  • Szeretem az állatokat, ezért nem eszem meg őket. - I love animals, so I don't eat them
  • Van a közelben vegetáriánus vendéglő? - Is there a vegetarian restaurant near here?)
  • Van vegetáriánus ételük? - Do you have any vegetarian dishes?

Latvian

  • es esu vegetarietis - I am a vegetarian
  • Es needu galu - I don´t eat meat
  • Es needu zivis - I don´t eat fish

Lithuanian

  • Ash vegetar(eh)as - I'm vegetarian. -(fe)male
  • Ash vegan(eh)as - I'm vegan. -(fe)male
  • Ash nevalgau mehsos - I don't eat meat
  • Ar turite vegetarishku patiekalu - Do you have any vegetarian dishes also?
  • Ar chia yra mehsos? - Is there any meat in this in this meal?

Polish

Original [Phonetic approximation (British spellings?)] (Translation)
  • Jestem wegetarianinem (male)/ wegetarianka (female) [yestem vegetarianinem/vegetariankauw] - I am a vegetarian
  • Nie jem miesa, drobiu, ryb, jajek, sera. [nyea yem miowsa, drobewe, rip, yayek, serah] - I do not eat meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese
  • Nie pije mleka [nyea piaow mleka] - I don't drink milk
  • Czy sa dania wegetarianskie/ jarskie? [tCHey soww danya vegetarianski/yaraskia] - Do you have vegetarian dishes?
  • Nie jem nabialu.(easy to read "nabialu" as it is) I do not eat diary products (containing milk and egg products)
  • Nie jem produktow zwierzecych.(read "sweshenzikh" I do not eat animal products (made of animals). Some may understand this as if you do not eat milk,eggs products as well but not nrcesserly.They will take you for an vegetarian.

  • PRONOUNCIATION
    SZ like english SH as in "shovel"
    J like eng. Y as in "yes"
    C similar to eng. "S" (not quite but, it'll get you by)
    W like eng. V
    I like eng. "EE" as in "feed"

  • Szukam restalracje wegeterjanska - I'm looking for a vegetarian restaraunt.
    Read: shu-kam re-staw-rac-ye ve-ge-ter-yan-skon
  • Jestem weganinem/weganka - I'm a vegan (male/female respectively).
    Read: ye-stem ve-ga-nee-nem/ve-gan-kon
  • Polish word for vegan is wegan but it is still not recognized by people. Being a vegetarian is still a surprise to many. They may understand your request for not eating milk products because some people don't for other health reasons. You must still explain what you don't want on your plate.In this case the safest way is to say specificly what you want.
  • note: Jestem jaroszem.Old Polish name for vegetarian.(read "yaroshem")That means usualy that you do not eat any meat. Some may ask you if you take the fish. Eggs and milk products are not taken to consideration in this case.

Romanian / Româna

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Russian (phonetic)

  • Ya ve-ge-ta-ri-aa-nyets/ve-ge-ta-ri-aanka - I am vegetarian (male/female)
  • Ya bi kho-tyel/kho-tye-la chto nibud' byez myasa, ribi ili pti-tsi. - I would like something without meat, fish or poultry.
  • Yah nye yem meeyasa. - I don't eat meat
  • Ya ni lyublyoo myaso - I don't like meat
  • Yah nye yem rihbu. - I don't eat fish
  • Ya nye yem ni myasa, ni ribi, ni pti-tsi. - I don't eat meat, fish, poultry,
  • Yetot sup na myas-nom bul'onye? - Is there meat broth in this soup?
  • Ya mogu yest' sir i yaitsa i pit' moloko. - I can eat cheese and eggs and drink milk.
  • Ya nye yem sir i yaitsa i nye p'yu mo-lo-ko. - I can not eat cheese and eggs and drink milk.
  • Yah nye pyooh mahlahko eeee yah nye yem sihr. - I don't drink milk and I don't eat cheese
  • Kofye bez mo-lo-ka, po-zha-lui-sta. - Coffee without milk, please.
  • Yah lyublyu gihvahtnihh poehtahmuh yah nye yem eeh - I love animals, so I don't eat them

Serbian

  • Ja sam vegetarijanac/vegetarijanka - I am a vegetarian - male/female
  • Ne jedem meso, piletinu niti ribu - I do not eat meat, chicken or fish.
  • Ne pijem mleko. - I do not drink milk.
  • Ne jedem puter, sir, jaja. - I do not eat butter,cheese, eggs.
  • Imate li neko vegetarijansko jelo? - Do you have a vegetarian dish?
  • Ima li blizu vegetarijanski restoran? - Is there a vegetarian restaurant near here?
  • Volim zivotinje i zato ih ne jedem. - I love animals, so I don't eat them.
  • Bez mesa - without meat
  • Molim vas - please ; Hvala - thank you

Slovakian / Slovensko

'vegetarian' is pronounced with "g" like in "gear"
  • Som vegetarian(ka) - I am a vegetarian (fe)male
  • Som vegan(ka) (vaegun) - I am a vegan. (fe)male
  • Nejem maso, ryby, mlieko, vajcia - I don't eat meat, fish, milk and eggs
  • Mate vegetarianske jedlo (yedlo) ? - Do you serve some vegetarian meal?
  • Je toto jedlo vegetarianske? - Is this meal vegetarian?
  • Kde je vegetarianska restauracia? - Where is some vegetarian restaurant?

Slovenian

  • Jaz sem vegetarijanec - I'm a vegetarian
  • sem strogi vegetarijanec - I'm a strict vegetarian
  • Ne jem mesa - I don't eat meat
  • Ne maram mesa - I don't like meat
  • Ne jem mleka in jajc - I don't eat milk and eggs
  • Oprostite, sem vegetarijanec - excuse me, I'am a vegetarian
  • imate kaj vegetarijanskega - do you have something that is vegetarian?
  • je kje v blizini kaksna vegetarijanska restavracija? - is here near by any vegetarian restaurant?

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