AEE 468: Veg? Vegan? Gluten Free? How to Politely Voice Your Dietary Needs in English

How to voice your dietary needs in English

Are you vegetarian?

Are you vegan?

Are you gluten free?

Today find out how to politely voice your dietary needs in English.

“Hi Lindsay I am James and I’m from China. I am a business major. I have been listening to your podcast for a month and I love it. I am going to the US this summer to improve my English for 3 months.

I have problems with my stomach that I can’t eat or drink anything cold.

I am wondering if I can get anything cold to eat or drink in the US.

Can you please talk about it in an episode?”

-James

 

Can you get hot water in the summer in the US?

Yes you can.

You can get hot water at a restaurant or you can go into a convenience store and ask for a cup of hot water.

They will probably give it to you for free.

 

Can you get hot food?

Yes you can.

You can get it anytime in the summer or winter.

Any restaurant is going to have hot plates except for a deli where they only serve sandwiches.

 

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What are the common needs in the US:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten free
  • Paleo diet

 

What to say if you are vegetarian:

  • Do you have any vegetarian options on the menu?
  • I don’t eat meat. What do you recommend here?
  • It looks amazing. I wish I could eat meat but I can’t. I am looking forward to the potatoes though.
  • Wow I wish I could eat meat. You have done such a nice job preparing this. Thank you.

 

What is Vegan?

Someone who doesn’t eat any animal products at all.

They don’t eat eggs, cheese, or milk.

 

What is Gluten Free?

Some people have an allergy to gluten if they have Celiac disease.

Recently it has developed into a trend.

Some people become Gluten Free even if they don’t have Celiac disease.

It can be expensive to get Gluten Free products at the grocery store.

 

Do you have any dietary needs?

Have you ever run into any challenges with eating while traveling?

Let us know in the comments below.

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