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Being Vegetarian in Mexico
This lesson is not just for all of the vegetarians out there, but it's also for anyone with an aversion, or even an allergy to a particular food! There are many reasons a person won't eat a particular food, and there may be times when communicating this is necessary. In this lesson, we'll go over some phrases to make sure you don't get any unwanted surprises on your plate.
In Spanish, “I am a vegetarian” is
Soy vegetariano.
Let's break it down by syllable.
(slow) Soy ve-ge-ta-ri-a-no.
Now let's hear it once again.
Soy vegetariano.
The first word Soy means “I am”.
(slow) Soy.
Once more:
Then we have vegetariano. It’s easy to guess the meaning. It’s "vegetarian" in English, with a slight pronunciation change and an "o" at the end.
(slow) ve-ge-ta-ri-a-no
Let’s hear the whole sentence one more time -
Soy vegetariano.
This means, “I am a vegetarian”.
Another way you can communicate that you don't eat a particular food is by saying just that!
In Spanish, “I don't eat meat” is
No como carne.
Let's break it down by syllable.
(slow) No co-mo car-ne.
Now let's hear it once again.
No como carne.
The first word no means “no”, as we have learned in our previous lessons.
Next, we have como, which is a form of the verb that means “to eat”.
(slow) Co-mo.
Last we have carne, which means “meat”.
(slow) Car-ne.
Altogether, we have
No como carne.
Let’s now imagine that you don’t eat cheese. All you have to do is to replace carne with the Spanish word for “cheese”. That is queso.
(slow) que-so.
Now let's try the phrase with this word. “I don't eat cheese” in Spanish:
No como queso.
Let’s break it down by syllable.
(slow) No co-mo que-so.
Now let’s hear it one more time.
No como queso.
If you want to make sure some food doesn’t have an ingredient you can’t or you don’t want to eat, you should simply ask about it. For example, if you want to make sure a meal doesn’t have meat, you should ask, ¿Esta comida contiene carne?, which means “Does this food contain meat?”
(slow) ¿Es-ta co-mi-da con-ti-e-ne car-ne?
¿Esta comida contiene carne?
The first word esta means “this”, in a feminine form.
(slow) esta.
Then you have comida, which means “food” .
(slow) co-mi-da.
Next we have contiene which is a verb that means “to contain”.
(slow) contiene.
As you can remember the next word, carne, from the sentence above means “meat”.
Let’s hear it one more time.
¿Esta comida contiene carne?
Let’s imagine that you don’t eat pork, and you have to be more specific. It’s very simple. “I don’t eat pork” is:
No como carne de puerco.
Let’s break it down by syllable.
(slow) No co-mo car-ne de pu-er-co.
Once more
No como carne de puerco.
The only new words are de puerco.
In this case de puerco is translated as “of pork”.
(slow) De puerco.
De puerco.
The whole sentence is literally:
No como carne de puerco.
“I don’t eat pork meat.”
To close out today's lessons, we’d like you to practice what you have just learned. I’ll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud. You’ll have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so !buena suerte! which means “Good luck!” in Spanish.
“I am a vegetarian.” - Soy vegetariano.
“I don't eat meat.” - No como carne.
“I don't eat cheese.” - No como queso.
“Does this food contain meat?” - ¿Esta comida contiene carne?
“I don’t eat pork.” - No como carne de puerco.
Alright! That's going to do it for this lesson. Hasta luego