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"Tôi người ăn chay."

Translation:I am 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...


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?


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


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

The answer is very simple. Chay is it's own thing it overlaps with both vegetarianism and veganism but it doesn't match perfectly with neither of them.


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


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

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


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

Thank you to whoever made this sentence! I am vegan so this is awesome to learn first hand.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IG..Marc.v.bucks

Fellow vegan! A việt friend of mine suggested I say "tôi là người thuần chay", emphasising "purely veg", thus vegan.

Or "Tôi ăn thuần chay"


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

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


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

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ollie-Benson

Not sure. Hopefully this will get answered :-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hercule680264

I am a vegetarian is different from I am vegetarian

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