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Today’s lesson is not only for all the vegetarians out there, but it’s also for anyone with an adversity to a particular food. There are many reasons a person won’t eat a particular food, and there may be instances when communicating this is necessary.
Today, we’ll go over some phrases to ensure you don’t get any unwanted surprises on the plate.
In Spanish, “I am a vegetarian” is Soy vegetariano.
Soy vegetariano.
Let’s break it down by syllable: Soy ve-ge-ta-ria-no.
Now, let’s hear it once again, Soy vegetariano.
The first word, soy, means “I am.”
This is followed by vegetariano, which in Spanish is “vegetarian.”
Let’s break it down by syllable: ve-ge-ta-ria-no.
And once again, vegetariano.
So all together, we have, Soy vegetariano.
Another way you communicate you don’t eat a particular food is by saying just that.
In Spanish, “I don’t eat meat” is No como carne.
No como carne.
Let’s break it down by syllable: No co-mo car-ne.
Let’s hear it once again: No como carne.
The first word, no, means “no.”
This is followed by “como,” which in Spanish is “I eat.”
Let’s break it down by syllable: co-mo.
And once again, como.
So to recap here, we have - No como…
Literally, this means “I don’t eat…”
Let’s take a look at the next word, carne, which means “meat.”
And carne.
This sentence pattern can be used for foods other than meat by changing just one word.
So, let’s take a look at some other possibilities. Let’s try cheese.
In Spanish, “cheese” is queso.
One more time, queso.
Let’s break it down by syllable: que-so.
And once again, queso.
Now, let’s try the phrase with this word, “I don’t eat cheese” is No como queso.
If you want to make sure that some food doesn’t have an ingredient that you don’t eat, you should explicitly ask about it. For example, if you want to make sure a meal doesn’t have cheese, you should ask - ¿Esto lleva queso?
¿Esto lleva queso?
The firs word, esto means “this.”
This is followed by lleva, which literally means “it takes,” but in this context has the meaning of “to have.”
And then we have queso, which means “cheese.”
So all together, we have - ¿Esto lleva queso? which means “Does this have cheese?”
You will be answered sí which mean “yes” or no, which means “no.”


Okay, to close out today’s lesson, we'd like for you to practice what you've just learned. I'll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you are responsible for saying it aloud. You’ll have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so buena suerte, that means “good luck” in Spanish.
Okay, here we go!
“I am a vegetarian.” - Soy vegetariano.
Soy vegetariano.
Soy vegetariano.
“I don’t eat meat.” - No como carne.
No como carne.
No como carne.
“Does this have cheese?” - ¿Esto lleva queso?
¿Esto lleva queso?
¿Esto lleva queso?