英会話のコツ: Allergies

I’m lucky not to have any food allergies, but some people have allergies. For example, my grandmother is allergic to crab. My grandmother gets a rash (small red spots on the skin) when she eats crab. It is important to ask about or tell restaurants about your allergies.

Restaurants sometimes ask:

  • Restaurant: Q: Do you have any allergies? / Are you allergic to anything?

    • I’m allergic to ….  / I’m not allergic to anything

    • I’m allergic to soba

    • I’m allergic to peanut butter

    • I’m allergic to cats

Or, you can ask:

  • Customer: Q: I’m allergic to …. Does this contain ….?

    • I’m allergic to peanut butter. Does this contain peanut butter?

    • I’m allergic to pork. Does this contain pork?

    • I don’t like fish. Does this contain fish?

Special Allergies

There are some other allergies which have special names. Most of you know hay fever (an allergy to plant powder). Another common allergy is being lactose intolerant. It means someone is allergic to dairy (milk things).

  • Q: Are you lactose intolerant? = Q: Can you drink/eat milk, cheese, cream...?

Allergies and allergic reactions can be very dangerous, so make sure you ask guests or tell waiters/waitresses about allergies.