Common spice names in Danish, English, German, French, Spanish and Italian.

Spices in Foreign Languages: PDFs

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!

Three cruisers have provided translation lists — all are PDFs. You can download as many as you want, and put them on many devices as you wish (putting them on your phone to have at the market can be helpful):

  • One includes 6 languages– Danish, German, French, Spanish and Italian
  • One is just Spanish but includes several baking items as well
  • One is Indonesian

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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).

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  • Sue
    Posted at 23 July 2014 Reply

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

  • Jane Jarratt
    Posted at 24 July 2014 Reply

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

  • Melanie Goode
    Posted at 24 July 2014 Reply

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

  • Capitan Jorge Gonzalez
    Posted at 29 August 2015 Reply

    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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