"Una hamburguesa de pescado."

Translation:A fish burger.

May 10, 2018

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I have lived in the US for 75 years and have never used "fish burger" or "fish hamburger," only "fish sandwich." Couldn't that also be an acceptable translation, Duolingo?

June 2, 2018


No because a) that would be "sandwich de pescado" b) when learning a language you learn what is the standard, not every single piece of local lingo and dialect therefore the translation has to reflect this.

June 5, 2018


Unfortunately, my sentence was to translate Spanish into English, thus giving me the expectation that Duo wanted the appropriate English phrase. Despite having traveled extensively throughout the eastern US, I have NEVER heard the term fish-burger. Rather we use 'Fish sandwich'. Since Duo is teaching users of many languages, it would be helpful to acknowledge such common use phrases.

PS- It is fair to note that Duo frequently gives and expects 'non-literal' translations. This should be one of those occasions. I have reported it.

July 24, 2018


A fish burger is not the same thing as a fish sandwich in English. A fish sandwich is a sandwich with a filet of fish. A fish burger is a patty made from ground fish. If you read through the comments here, you will find that while many folks say they've never heard of it, many others have. You can buy fish burgers (salmon specifically) at Costco, and find a ton of recipes for them with a quick Google search.

July 24, 2018


Still confused. Where I come from, a fish 'filet' IS a patty made from ground fish (not just salmon). I have been to numerous restaurants that served 'fish sandwiches' made from grilled or ground fish (not just breaded "fast food" filet patties).

I accept that some people prefer one term over another, but it is not unreasonable to expect Duo to acknowledge a translation which is commonly understood by many native English speakers.

You define a fish burger as 'a patty made from ground fish' (like salmon patties at Costco). That is the meaning of 'fish burger' TO YOU.

To me, and apparently others, ground fish (in any form) on a bun is known as a fish sandwich. In the same way, chicken (in any form -- breaded, shredded, grilled or fried) on a bun is called a chicken sandwich.

If I were in a Spanish restaurant and saw "Una hamburguesa de pescado" I would smile to myself at the unfamiliar phrasing, but would expect the waiter to bring me some form of fish on bread. It's the same when I order spaghetti in a restaurant. I never know if the sauce will be thin and watery or thick and hearty. What I do know is I'll get long, thin pasta strands with a tomato based sauce.

July 24, 2018


If you look up filet the word specifically means a single cut so it couldn't be ground fish meat. I have also never heard of fish burgers but this does make sense to me

October 13, 2018


I used to order, make, and consume "fish burgers" all the time when I grew up in Alaska.

August 7, 2018


Just accept the fact that saying sandwich instead of burger is a colloquialism unique go certain areas of the US, and instead of getting upset and demanding that your version of English is the only correct answer, learn and move on. For example, what do you call a glass of pepsi?

July 26, 2018


This isn't about the small minority of Americans who misname fish sandwiches "burgers." It's about the functionality of an online program that needs to adapt to the needs of native language speakers.

August 10, 2018


english from england is a thing too, and we say fish burgers.

October 5, 2018








And that's just the first five recipes that Google pulls up.

Fast food is not the do-all and end-all of cuisine.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Native English speaker - US, Southern Appalachian dialect. Other uses of English may vary. Advice about Spanish should be taken with a grain of salt.

June 26, 2018


The fact you had to google it tells me that you we not familiar with the term either. I do not think anyone is saying that there is no such thing as a fish burger, just that its not in common use in the United States. I've had burgers with non tradition meats like lamb or pork but never fish. I think they should use a different sentence for the purpose of teaching, if you disagree that is totally cool.

June 28, 2018


First, I'm sorry that I was rude in my original reply to you. Your post ran together in my head with another post in this thread which also references fast food and flat out says that the DL translation is wrong. Their statement is not on you, but I reacted to you as though it was. I was also annoyed by other unrelated things. I took that out on you. That was wrong of me.

Second, I do disagree with you, and I'd like to explain my perspective because you seem like someone who's actually an open communicator.

You are correct in your assessment that I was not familiar with fish burgers. It isn't an extremely common food in the US. However, that is exactly why I think they should teach it. Uncommon in one country may be common in another and there are a lot of Spanish-speaking countries.

Let's say some of the folks in this thread are in a restaurant in a Spanish-speaking country. They see "hamburguesa de pescado" on a menu. What do they think that it is?

It would appear based on the comments in this thread that most of them would think it was a fish filet sandwich. The OP even says that "fish sandwich" should be an accepted translation to this phrase. You stated that you agreed. Everyone thinks that that a fish sandwich sounds delicious and orders "una hamburguesa de pescado". Except ... a fish burger isn't the same thing as a fish sandwich.

And who knows, maybe most of them would be fine with that. You seem like a chill dude, so probably you would. I would certainly be fine with it, though I would be far more likely to order a fish burger than a fish sandwich to begin with (it just sounds more interesting and I love new food). Some folks might be disappointed though. Maybe they were really looking forward to a fish fillet. Maybe they think ground fish is gross.

Regardless of how they would respond to the fish burger, they would have ordered one thing while thinking they were ordering another, which is exactly why I think this question is an excellent practice question.

June 28, 2018


I put hamburger of fish...

June 30, 2018


Not a good answer.

Realize that Spanish doesn't say "pescado hamburguesa" or "pescado sandwich"-- they will always say "sandwich (hamburguesa) de pescado", or "de carne", etc.

Spanish does not use a noun as an adjective as does English.

July 4, 2018


just a gentle reminder that hamburger is nothing to do with ham (but Hamburg) so a fish hamburger makes perfect sense.

June 1, 2018


Except that hamburgers are traditionally of beef. Whether it makes technical sense is kind of beside the point when Duolingo should be teaching us to sound like a native speaker.

June 4, 2018


What of a turkey burger?

August 1, 2018


Since when hamburguesa only translates as burger not hamburger??????

August 2, 2018


This is the real issue here. Thank you. Hamburguesa means hamburger. (It does not mean sandwich- so all you people crying about the fact you've never heard of a fish burger is beside the point. You're supposed to translate the words.) Why Duolingo decided hamburguesa means burger and not hamburger is the real question here!

September 1, 2018


Sorry, it's you who are wrong. Word-for-word translation is not the standard. The sooner you get rid of that idea, the more successful your language learning efforts will be. Have you ever in your life before seeing this exercise used the term "fish hamburger"? If you have, fine. I'd be interested to hear in what context. But if (which in the general population I think is the far more likely situation), you've never used it but came up with it because it's a word for word translation of the Spanish, then that's a bad translation. The goal is to generate a natural result that a native speaker would have used in the same situation, not just write Spanish with English words.

As you can see elsewhere in this thread, things that in English are certainly called fish sandwiches are called "hamburguesas de pescado" in Spanish. That means "fish sandwich" is certainly a correct translation, and for the very, very many people who would never use the term "fish burger," much less "fish hamburger" by far the most reasonable one.

September 1, 2018


I failed because I wrote "hamburger" for hamburguesa; Duolingo stated "burger" is correct. I never use the word burger; burger is shortned for hamburger. Burger is almost slang.

August 23, 2018


"Fish hamburger" hasn't been used enough in published writing to generate a usage graph. "fish burger," however, has: http://bit.ly/2MwzteE

By far the standard is that the "ham" is removed before prepending things. Consider "cheeseburger."

I don't know whether "burger" is almost slang or not, but "burger" is nearly as common as "hamburger" in published English writing, so it certainly has its place in standard English.

August 23, 2018


How is a "fish hamburger" not acceptable?

October 11, 2018


Because of the first part, "ham". It should be fishburger. We do not put "ham" in front of turkeyburger or veggieburger. Burger references the shape and the fact that it is usually on a bun.

October 11, 2018


I tried to type "fishburger" as you say but it "corrected" me by insisting on a space. If they are going to require a space, then it should be fish hamburger but if you drop the "ham" part then it should be joined. I wish they would correct this problem so there would be an end to the issue.

October 12, 2018


In Cozumel, we have hamburguesas de pescado. Not weird to me at all.

June 24, 2018


They sell fish burgers in England. Whether one would want one or any other kind of burger, is another matter all together. I think Duolingo is AMAZING - Stop nit-picking ingrates (it's free!!)

June 30, 2018


I think fish sandwich should be accepted. The definition of sandwich is 1. an item of food consisting of two pieces of bread with meat, cheese, or other filling between them, eaten as a light meal.

July 4, 2018


Please use the "Report" button to report errors and oversights. The course creators are not able to read every comment in every sentence discussion but they do get those reports and read them. Thanks!

July 8, 2018


Like it or not, fish burgers exist in Europe, I’ve bought them, so although not a common item or phrase in English, we should accept their existence (IMHO).

September 21, 2018


Just remembered my local Spanish grocer also sells 'hamburguesa de pollo'.......Not to be confused with a chicken sandwich.

June 30, 2018


Have you guys really never heard of fish burgers? Even Costco sells them, I get them quiet often. You have heard of Costco, haven't you?


July 4, 2018


This is so ridiculous ! What on earth is the difference between a fish sandwich ( my answer ) and fishburger !! Duolingo needs to update their data.

June 3, 2018


To the english (not american) a sandwich would usually be cold and a burger hot

June 5, 2018


Plenty of differences: different words, a sandwich and a burger are different by definition and learning a language is all ablut mearning standard definitions, not local improper casual uses of words, like how "awesome" is misused as standard.

June 5, 2018


A fish sandwich would generally be a sandwich with a fish filet on it. A fish burger would be a sandwich with a patty made of ground fish on it.

June 26, 2018


Why could it not be 'una burgesa de pescado' ?

July 7, 2018


"Hamburguesa" means either hamburger or burger. "Burguesa", on the other hand, is a female member of the bourgeoisie.


FULL DISCLOSURE: Native English speaker - US, Southern Appalachian dialect. Other uses of English may vary. Advice about Spanish should be taken with a grain of salt.

July 7, 2018


Ah, thank you for the clarification! That was my only objection to the translation "Fish hamburger" not being accepted as correct - I was thinking that if they wanted just burger and would not accept hamburger, then the word should be burguesa. But this explains that. Thank you!

(FWIW, I still think fish hamburger should be counted, with maybe a note that says it's more common to translate it as fish burger. Like when they count your translation, but say to watch the accents if you miss those.)

September 14, 2018


Una hamburguesa de pescado. My translated sentence was not accepted (A burger with fish)

The correct one was: A fish burger

Why though?

August 25, 2018


Una hamburguesa de pescado = A fish hamburger. Una hamburguesa CON pescado = A hamburger with fish. De means "of" Con means "with" So the first sentence is saying the burger is made of fish, while the second sentence could mean that the hamburger has fish added to it- the same as a hamburger can have cheese added. I hope this helps :)

September 1, 2018


why is "de" used

June 22, 2018


In English, we allow ourselves to sometimes treat nouns like adjectives—fish burger, cheese sandwich, horror movie, etc. However, that is not commonly allowed in Spanish. Instead they use the form "noun of noun"—hamburguesa de pescado, sándwich de queso, película de terror, etc.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Native English speaker - US, Southern Appalachian dialect. Other uses of English may vary. Advice about Spanish should be taken with a grain of salt.

July 16, 2018


Why is the previous question's correct answer "a burger with cheese", instead of cheeseburger but when fish is involved it's not "a burger with fish" but answer says "fish burger"

June 23, 2018


If I recall correctly, the question with the English translation of "a burger with cheese" is "una hamburguesa con queso". "Con" means "with" thus the translation was "a burger with cheese" instead of a cheeseburger (though I think DL should allow that particular translation). This question is "una hamburguesa de pescado". "De" does a ton of things in Spanish. Among other things, it does this:

"Fish", "cheese", and "action" aren't adjectives in English; they are nouns. English, however, allows you to use one noun to describe another as though the first noun were an adjective. Fish burger, a burger made of fish. Cheese sandwich, a sandwich with a main ingredient of cheese. Action film, a movie focusing on action.

Spanish generally doesn't let you do that. Instead, you accomplish the same thing by saying "a noun of a noun". "Una hamburguesa de pescado", a burger of fish (a fish burger). "Un sándwich de queso", a sandwich of cheese (cheese sandwich). "Una película de acción", a movie of action (action film).

FULL DISCLOSURE: Native English speaker - US, Southern Appalachian dialect. Other uses of English may vary. Advice about Spanish should be taken with a grain of salt.

June 28, 2018


60 years old, living in the US. Have NEVER heard a fish sabdwich called a fish hamburger!!! Hamburger is ground beef only! Even a soy burger would never be called a soy hamburger!

July 4, 2018


When dealing with foreign languages, it isn't always a word-for-word translation. We use two different words for burger and hamburger. In Spanish they use one to mean both—hamburguesa.

The proper translation for this is a fish burger not a fish hamburger (because, as you say, a hamburger is only ground beef). In English, a fish sandwich should not be called a fish burger because they are not the same thing. If you google "fish burger", you will rapidly find many recipes for them. Some of which look absolutely delicious.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Native English speaker - US, Southern Appalachian dialect. Other uses of English may vary. Advice about Spanish should be taken with a grain of salt.

July 4, 2018


i put a burger on fish but i was wrong:/ ???

July 30, 2018


why not a hamburger with fish?

August 12, 2018


They did not use the word "con", which means 'with'. They used "de", with means 'of'.

August 13, 2018


Can anybody explain why in this example if you move the mouse onto the word "hamburguesa" the male voice pronounces it with definite [h] sound in the beginning of the word? I was under the impression that letter "h" should be silent!...

October 10, 2018


Can it be 'Una pescado hamburguesa'?

October 25, 2018


These terms shouldn't be taken as actual sentences that you'll use in your day to day, you're learning words. With this particular one, you learned hamburger/burger and fish. That's all.

July 10, 2018


My answer was "A fish hamburger". Same ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ thing!

August 9, 2018


They are just trying to teach the difference between hamburguesa means hamburger and sándwich means sandwich.

August 29, 2018


This was the Spanish version:"Una hamburguesa de pescado." most of us replied with a fish hamburger and it told us it was wrong. in this sentence: "Una hamburguesa de pescado." I don't see where it says sandwich in it anywhere so tell me how are they trying to teach us the difference between hamburguesa means hamburger and sándwich means sandwich.

September 2, 2018


hi - I see a lot of pushback/questions asked about validity of this statement. Furthermore, could someone comment on choice between: '' ….de pescado'' and another DL statement ''...con pescado (i.e. with)...would each have a different literal meaning in common Spanish? if so, what..? (por favor).

September 14, 2018


Why isnt it fish hamburger like vegetable hamburger or cheese hamburger?

September 15, 2018


Curiosity striketh: where is it customary to say "cheese hamburger" in lieu of "cheeseburger"?

September 15, 2018


The sentance should read una pescado hamburguesa I believe

August 23, 2018


Doesn't work in Spanish. You can't assume that you can just translate word by word; different languages structure things differently. Here's a fairly in depth introduction to the topic: https://www.thoughtco.com/translating-attributive-nouns-to-spanish-3079275 (just the first couple sections will be enough for present purposes).

August 23, 2018


We do not use the words fish burger or meat sandwich in English!

July 30, 2018


We say fish burger in Canada. We speak English.

August 6, 2018


Right, but in Spanish they do, and we're learning Spanish. Sometimes there are no neat and common direct English translations. (I don't mean this to sound snarky or condescending. It's just something I've learned the hard way from studying other languages. Sometimes you just have to approximate a translation, and this is the best approximation for this one. Also, the term fish burger is used in some English-speaking countries, and some areas of the US, for what it's worth. Not where I'm from, but it does exist.)

September 14, 2018


Sometimes there are no neat and common direct English translations.

Yes, this can happen, at which point English is distinctively happy to import new terminology. But one should always be on the lookout for when the unit of meaning to translate is more than a single word in length. That's the case here (and Duolingo hasn't, as far as I know, met the mark either). Given what "hamburguesa de pescado" actually includes (e.g. McDonald's and Burger King items), the direct generally applicable translation of "una hamburguesa de pescado" is "a fish sandwich." If the word-for-word translation is unnatural, the word-for-word translation is unnatural.

For instance, the criterion for whether "a fish hamburger" is a reasonable translation or not is whether native English speakers somewhere actually say that (and I'd really be curious for evidence that this condition obtains), not the fact that it happens to be the word-for-word translation of a Spanish expression.

(This is a separate question that whether Duolingo will or should accept it or not. People seem to be clamoring for it, whether they'd actually ever use it naturally or no, so Duolingo might well add it for convenience sake. Pity the Spanish speakers doing the reverse tree who will come to think it's actually something English speakers say. And if Duolingo doesn't add it, it might be on precisely that basis.)

September 14, 2018


I did not mispell hamburquesa. Please check this for me. This is the third time.

June 20, 2018


Not sure if you are trolling or not, but the word is "hamburguesa", not "hamburquesa". Can you see a difference in those two words?

June 20, 2018
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