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!