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Handy Language Guide For Vegan Travelers in Rwanda 

 December 21, 2020

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We've created a Kinyarwanda language guide for vegan travelers in Rwanda, see below for phrases that will come in handy when eating out, as well as help you reduce the waste you create. 

Kinyarwanda is the national language of the beautiful country of Rwanda, home to gorillas, golden monkeys, chimpanzees as well as the Big Five which you can see at Akagera National Park.  Unfortunately it's not as rich in terms of vegan offerings at restaurants, although what you WILL find is incredibly accommodating staff who will go out of their ways to find you something to eat. 

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Many travellers are surprised by how Rwanda is way ahead of most countries in the area of waste-creation and management.  Not only have they had a plastic bag ban since 2007, but their monthly community clean-up, which EVERYONE attends (even the President!) gets rid of most litter!

Luckily, most Rwandans that you'll speak with when talking about food and in shops will speak very good English.  It's one of the official languages and nowadays seems to be spoken more widely than French.  In all likelihood, your server or shop attendant will understand everything you say.   Still, we've found that, when making requests that are a little bit different (such as veganizing somethign on the menu), having it written down as well can be really helpful.

We want to thank our good friend and local partner Amos from Amahoro Tours for translating this sheet for us.    And don't forget to check out our other vegan language guides for Thai, Vietnamese and French

Photo opp with gorillas

GENERAL

English

Kinyarwanda

Hello!

Muraho

Goodbye!

Murabeho

VEGAN

I am a vegan. I do not eat meat, fish, shellfish, poultry, eggs, milk or milk products (butter, yogurt, cheese).

Ntabwo njya nywa amata cyangwa ibintu bikozwe mumata. Ntabwo ndya inyama, ifi, inkoko n’amagi.

Does this food contain meat, fish, shellfish, poultry, eggs, milk or milk products?

Ibi biryo harubwo birimo inyama, amafi, inkoko, amagi, amata cyangwa ibikozwe mumata?

I can't eat meat.

Ntabwo narya inyama

Please no broth made from meat or fish.

Sishaka ibyo bashizemo inyama chyangwa ifi

Fish

Ifi

Meat

Inyama

Pork

Ingurube

Chicken

Inkoko

Beef

Inyama y’inka

Egg

Igi

Seafood

Ibiryo by’ibikomoka munyanja

Cow’s milk

Amata yinka

Cheese

Foromaje

Yogurt

Yahurute

Tofu

Tofu

Soya milk

Amata ya soya

Vegetables

Imboga

Animal

Inyamaswa

Vegan

Ibikomoka kunyamaswa

without __________

Bitarimo…

with __________

Birimo…

Instead of … with_____ can I have the ____ with______

Aho kumpa … na…… wampaye … na……

Please tell me if I order something that is not vegan.

Umva umfashe mbe nasabye bitarimo Ibikomoka kunyamaswa.

Can you suggest anything from your menu that is vegan or your chef can make vegan?

N,ibihe byokurya harimo ibikomoka kunyamaswa byiza nafata cyangwa mushobora guteka?

No fish sauce

Sishaka isosi y’ifi

I eat vegan

Ndya ibirimo ibikomoka kunyamaswa

Can you check with the chef that this is vegan?

Wanbarije umutetsi niba ibi biryo birimo Ibikomoka kunyamaswa?

Can you make this dish vegan?

Mwadutekera ibiryo harimo n’ibikomoka kunyamaswa?

Please fry in oil not butter.

Mukoreshe ubuto mutakoresha amavuta yibikozwe mumata

Thank you for accommodating me at your restaurant. I really appreciate you and the kitchen staff looking after me.

Murakoze cyane kunyitaho muriyi resitora. ndashimira cyane kandi nabantekeye

Does this have any leather, silk, wool or anything else from an animal?

Ibi bintu byakozwe mu zihe mpu? Niki kiriho gikomoka kunyamaswa?

ZERO WASTE

No straw, please.

Nta muheha nshaka

I really don’t want a straw.

Rwose sishaka umuheha

No plastic bag!

Nta shashi

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY

Please call an ambulance!

Nyamuneka hamagara Imbangukiragutabara

I need someone that speaks English now. It’s an emergency!

Nkeneye umuntu uvuga ikyangereza nonaha. Birihutirwa.

 

Please send an ambulance with a doctor on board if possible.

Nyamuneka nimutwoherereze Imbangukiragutabara hamwe n’umuganga niba bishoboka

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