Spanish (Mexico) survival skill needed - peanut allergy
Started Duolingo about a week ago, and it's great. What I would like, is a polite way to say that I have a peanut allergy (all nuts actually & cooking in peanut oil amounts to same thing). Love the food, but need a way to protect myself, and inform server in a nice way. Gracias!
double check these:
Soy alérgico a todas las tuercas y aceite de cacahuete. Tengo que comer alimentos cocinados sin que ninguno de estos.
Soy alérgico a todas las nueces y aceite de cacahuete. Tengo que comer la comida cocinada sin cualquier de éstos
(I am allergic to all nuts and peanut oil. I need to eat food cooked without any of these)
And I would be very very careful where and what you eat. You might want to avoid little mom and pop food operations.
soy alergico a ... (los cacahuetes). or: No puedo comer (.... cacahuetes o aceite de cacahuetes), soy alergico (my german keyboard doesn't have the accents, there is one on the e of alergico.)
I was on a special diet when I lived in Mexico for 6 months. It was often quite a challenge. If I were in your shoes, I would say, "___ makes me very sick" and then add further explanation you need.
The concept of a life threatening allergy may be hard to get across and even if you explain it well it doesn't mean that it will be understood the way you need it to. Saying "very sick" is pretty easy for people to understand.
An example. We explained that we don't eat any meat and the server replied, "that's ok, this is pork." Now, my ex spoke fluent Spanish so the wording wasn't the issue (as became really clear when we explained more thoroughly using all sorts of words for all sorts of meats we didn't eat). It was the concept that was so weird to the server that he put his own spin on it. The sever could not understand why we didn't want meat.
I would check in Mexico what the local name(s) are for peanuts. Cacahuete seems to be the consensus here in the comments, but in Costa Rica I've seen "maní" as well. My dictionary lists cacahuate (with another A instead of the first E) as the Mexican version.
I would also use multiple ways of saying the same thing, just to be really clear:
No puedo comer cacahuates o aceite de cacahuate. (I cannot eat peanuts or peanut oil.)
Tengo un grave alergia de cacahuates. (I have a serious allergy to peanuts. (I'm assuming it's serious or you wouldn't be asking.))
Necesito la comida sin cacahuates. (I need the meal without peanuts.)
Me enfermo de un poco de cacahuate. (I get sick from a little bit of peanut.)
Polite or not is going to be more your manner than your words.
First of all, I would like to thank everyone for their input and comments. Hate is such a strong word, that I don't like to use it and, as was correctly pointed out, may be misunderstood (excellent example with the cookies - hate those?, try mine instead). Also, would not want the person to think I hated their food - that would be bad. Other insights were good too. Watch for the Mom & Pop places as cross contamination may occur. Need to be patient, but remain firm when trying to express what you need. The allergic reaction can be quite severe, but have always had it, so my experience has taught me prevention is my greatest weapon. Most people will not poison you on purpose and, will avoid doing so, if they know before hand...lol. "Polite or not is going to be more your manner than your words." - sound advice.
So, all that being said, how does this sound?
Discúlpeme, tengo un grave alergia a todas las tuercas, especialmente de cacahuate. Por favor, no incluirlos en mi comida.
Thanks again for all the help.
Essentially hating them. He might as well if he gets ill when he eats them...
LOL ... yeah, my wife is celiac (gluten intolerant) and while she loves donuts and cookies they do NOT love her back :)
As a cook (amateur) I can tell you that if guest at my home tells me he "hates peanuts" I'll figure he can taste the peanut butter cookies and if he doesn't like them he doesn't have to eat them. If he tells me he's allergic to them, I'll make a different dessert entirely to prevent cross-contamination in the kitchen.