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Red fish?

"poisson rouge" means "goldfish" but was translated to "red fish", is this a correct translation in English?

July 23, 2012

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

well, this is one of the pitfalls of computer translation. I just remember that poisson rouge is gold fish but use red fish in order to bypass it when translating but keeping in mind it is gold fish


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

There is "Blackened Red Fish". Maybe we get the blackened later.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/1km

No, "red fish" is not a correct translation. But "poisson rouge" can be used informally in French to mean: "I'm kidding you", rather like we would shout "April Fool!" in English. I'm not sure how widespread this is, as I can only recall it being used by one native French speaker from Orleans. Maybe Duolingo are just fooling around by giving the translation as "red fish", rather than "goldfish". "Poisson rouge!".


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

"April fools" is "poisson d'avril" in French. The idea of "poisson rouge" to mean "I'm kidding you" is new to me, but reminds me of the expression "red herring" in English. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_herring


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

It's probably because they were using Dr. Seuss' "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish" as a practice sentence. http://books.google.com/books/about/Poisson_Un_Poisson_Deux_Poisson_Rouge_Po.html?id=bX_OjwEACAAJ


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

"red fish" would translate into "(du) poisson rouge". So it's not wrong, but it's probably not what was meant.

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