Spices in Foreign Languages: PDFs

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Spices Foreign Language

Ever stood in the grocery store, staring at all the little spice containers, trying to figure out which you wanted by how it looked, because you didn’t know the local word for what you wanted?  And only later did you discover you’d bought tumeric instead of curry?

Or have you stood there, trying to discreetly sniff at the packets or jars to figure out what they might be . . . only to overload your nose and suddenly have a sneezing fit?

Here’s the answer to your problem!

Two cruisers have provided translation lists — one includes 6 languages, and the other is just Spanish but includes several baking items as well.  Both are PDFs.  You can click on the links to see the full document, or right-click and “Save File As” (or whatever your browser calls it) to just download the lists:

Spice List in 6 Languages

Download this handy PDF (1.3 MB), provided by Herb and Bev Kaplan on M/V The Lady J and never wonder about a spice name again. Well, never if you’re in an area where Danish, German, French, Spanish or Italian is spoken.

Spice List in 6 Languages (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Spanish Names for Spices and Baking Items

This list of Spanish names was provided by Debbie and Breeze aboard Blue Sky, www.sailingbluesky.com.  If you know additional Spanish spice or baking names, put a note in the comments and I’ll add them to the PDF.

Spanish Spice List (PDF, 35 KB)

Do you have other “foreign language” lists that you find helpful and would be willing to share with other cruisers?  Drop me a note in the comments and I’ll be in touch with you by e-mail (it can be a PDF, Word or almost any other format).

Enjoy having the correct spices at your fingertips!

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  1. I haveca list of spices in Indonesian. I kept a copy in my backpack when I went shopping.

  2. Brilliant, thank you!! Bought some weird ones in Greece by mistake!

  3. Ah that old chestnut ‘ I didn’t know what it was officer, honest’!!!

  4. Some Spanish corrections:
    baking soda/bicarbonato de soda
    bay leaf/hoja de laurel
    black pepper/pimienta negra
    nutmeg/nuez moscada
    hot pepper/aji picante or chile picante

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