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Squirrels in Russian Sushi

<pre>There is a chain of sushi restaurants in Russia called 'Tanuki' (named after the Japanese raccoon dog). I looked at its website and had it translated into English. In the nutritional information for each menu item, there are listing for Fat, Carbohydrates, KCal and SQUIRRELS (e.g. 7.2 grams of SQUIRRELS per 100g). The Russian word is belki белки, which really does mean SQUIRRELS according to Google Translate. </pre>

Can anyone explain why they use squirrels in a fish dish?

June 25, 2019

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

I agree with dreamloomer, this is a translation fail :) The two words are written the same in plural, but in "squirrels" the first syllable is stressed (бе́лки), and in "proteins," the last one (белки́). Whoever translated the nutrition facts info evidently didn't know that.

However, in the singular form they are more distinct: a squirrel is бе́лка, and a protein is бело́к.

June 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/olga248831

Very good answer. :)

June 25, 2019

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

Fear not, they're not using squirrels in a fish dish. This word also means "proteins" and fish, like all kinds of meat, contain them.

June 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/olga248831

Looooool, Like what .... google translate is not always exact. Sometimes very funny. Excellent!

"Can anyone explain why they use squirrels in a fish dish?" - Thank you, Good mood for the all day. :))))))

June 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DKP629394

Good find. You would think that Mr G. O. Ogle would have cottoned on to this translation problem by now.

June 26, 2019

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

now that IS funny!
thanks for the humor in today's Duo lesson.

June 25, 2019

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

Well, according to the tag of the new swim-suit I bought, it's partially made of socks...

June 25, 2019
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