"Fish"

Translation:물고기

September 24, 2017

23 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/klite123

생선 is fish as food. Live fish is 물고기


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RandyAlexa

Isn't 물고기 literally "water meat"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/akira300

Oh my god, beautiful


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tessabanessa

Tears is also 눈물 which lit. translates to eye water.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/m80126colin

There are some words with similar structure: 1. 발끝 toe - 발 is "foot" and 끝 means "end" 2. 손목 wrist - 손 "hand" and 목 "neck" translates directly "the neck of hand"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mxriii

Don't most people say 발가락 for toe? I have never heard 발끝.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrew590503

In direct translation, yes.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SvedishPlumber

What if youre eating a fish alive? 물고기 먹었어요?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrew590503

Actually, raw fish is hwea. 희를 먹고 있읍니다. I'm not sure about eating an alive fish though.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrew590503

Yes, that is correct! I hope it helped!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SvedishPlumber

If you learn something from a fish, be sure to call it 생선님


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZoeGenesis

From what I was tought, 생선 refers to any fish that will be consumed as food -- whether dead or alive. So if you see fish in a river and you plan on eating those very fish, you can refer to them as 생선. Likewise, if you go to a Korean fish market (where most of the fish are still alive), those fish are all also 생선. And then the cooked up fish on your plate is also 생선.

In the same vein, 물고기 is any fish that will not be consumed. So, your pet fish is a 물고기. The fish you plan to go fishing for and then release is also 물고기. But so is a dead fish you find washed up ashore (assuming you won't be eating said dead fish).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AolaniMG

I need some help identifying the difference between 생선 and 물고기. Does the first one refer to fish in general and the second refer to fish as food?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lisa451586

물고기 is just all fish species, 생선 is fish for food

물고기: 물+고기 생선: 生鮮(raw or fresh fish for dishes)->fish for food


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mxriii

물고기 is living fish, 생선 is cooked fish to eat!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/81lQ4

한글은 너무 쉬워요 my 한국인


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AricAdam

Is it only to fish or any sea life in general?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrew590503

To my knowledge, it's any kind of form, but not squids, octopi, and eels. There are more like sharks, and seaweed. By the way, in Korea, if it's someone's birthday, you cook seaweed soup, and the family eats it.

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