How To Say Fish in Korean

Korean Word of the Day: How to say Fish in Korean

Fish in Korean

In yesterday’s KWotD, we took a look at the Korean word for ‘music’ so if you missed that one, be sure to check it out! In today’s lesson however, we will learn how to say ‘fish’ in Korean. To do say this, we use the word:



(in Hangul: 물고기)


You might recognize the word for ‘water’ (mul / 물) and the word for ‘meat’ (gogi / 고기) in there. So if you already know both of these words, memorizing this word will be a piece of cake. Just think of ‘water meat’.

Notice however that this word is only used for fish that is not seen as food. So a fish in an aquarium or in the sea would be mulgogi (물고기) but when referring to fish as food, you need to use the word:



(in Hangul: 생선)


This word refers to food as opposed to an animal. Pay attention to the order of the syllables and don’t do the somewhat funny mistake of confusing it with seon-saeng (선생) which means teacher!


For more lessons like this, check out our Korean word of the day archive.

As usual we reocmmend that you learn hangul if you are serious about learning Korean if you haven’t already done so. It is much easier than you probably think and, believe it or not, it will only take you a few days to be able to read the entire alphabet. So what are you waiting for?

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By: Kimchi Cloud

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