Croatian words and phrases for vegetarians and vegans
Recently we brought you The vegetarian’s guide to Eating in Croatia, a bit of a survival guide, as Croats do love their meat. We now bring you some useful Croatian phrases to help you order meals in restaurants. Pronunciation is pretty easy – you say the words just as they’re spelled, bearing in mind the Croatian ‘j’ is pronounced like the English ‘y.’
I am a vegetarian. (male) - Ja sam vegetarijanac.
I am a vegetarian. (female) - Ja sam vegetarijanka.
I am a strict vegan. (male) - Ja sam strogi vegan.
I am a strict vegan. (female) - Ja sam stroga veganka.
I don’t drink milk. - Ne pijem mlijeko.
Do you have anything vegetarian? - Imate li nesto vegetarijansko?
Is there any meat in this soup? - Ima li u ovoj juhi mesa?
I dont’ eat _____. - Ne jedem______.
meat - meso
chicken - piletinu
fish - ribu
butter - maslac
cheese - sir
eggs - jaja
honey - med
milk - mlijeko
bacon - slaninu
*Care for some grammar insight? These foods in the list are in the accusative case – ready to insert into the above sentence. This means that if mentioned out of context (in the nominative) they might have a different letter at the end.
Are there any other words or phrases you’d find handy? Tell us!