"Tôi người ăn chay."

Translation:I am a vegetarian.

June 3, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vortarulo

Interesting, the word chay is from Chinese 齋 (Mandarin: zhāi, Cantonese jāai, Middle Chinese ʈʂɛj, Old Chinese tsˤr[ə]j).

I wonder if the Thai word for 'vegetarian food', เจ [ʨeː] is also derived from this same word...

June 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pluckingstrings

The translation suggestions say that "người ăn chay" can mean both "a vegetarian" and "a vegan;" is there some convenient way of telling the difference in Vietnamese?

June 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr.ChrisKing

My guess is that there isn't other than adding another statement. Telling a vietnamese you're vegetarian is something which makes sense to them as its part of the buddhist tradition. Trying to explain veganism and they look at you like you have a third eye. There are some restaurants in HCMC which do claim to be vegan but I haven't noticed if they call themselves anything different from the normal vegetarians

June 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dtUyaD

Small sample size here but the Vietnamese I know do not consider a person who eats dairy or eggs but no meat a vegetarian. Some VN vegetarians won't eat onion or garlic.

June 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/esgalerin

Is this equivalent to saying "Tôi ăn chay.''?

November 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Songve

It seems so since another lesson gave it that way. But let us not hold our breaths for a clarification on how to differentiate the use.

March 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DarinWard1

Duolingo is very inconsistent with their lessons it's annoying

May 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hillary602594

What's the difference between "tôi ăn chay" and "tôi là người ăn chay"??

December 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ccf-Uk_2018

Not sure. Hopefully this will get answered :-)

December 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichaelMar108618

"I eat (whatever chay is)" vs, "I am a person that eats (whatever chay is)"

April 26, 2019
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