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It does not always help to say it, because sometimes even if it is literally comprehended it is still not fully understood. Nevertheless, if you are a vegetarian traveling in a country or territory where you don’t know the language, the customs, or the ingredients in a dish being served to you, it is useful to know how to declare in the home language of the country you are visiting, “I am a vegetarian. I do not eat meat or poultry.”
Apparently, the folks at Green Earth Travel have given this matter some thought. They have a list of vegetarian phrases in about 40 different languages on their web site. Languages include Arabic, Cantonese, and Norwegian. If you are a vegetarian, do your research before you travel.