Meaning

Primary

Fish

Word Type

noun

Explanation

The kanji and the word are exactly the same. That means they share meanings as well.

Reading

さかな
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

Since this word is made up of a single kanji, it should use the kun'yomi reading. When learning the kanji, you didn't learn that reading, so here's a mnemonic to help you with this word:

Imagine a fish. Now imagine the fish playing soccer, while wearing a nun's outfit. This is a soccer nun (さかな).

Context

Patterns of Use

  • 魚の〜
  • 魚が〜
  • お魚
  • 魚を〜

Common Word Combinations

  • 魚のウロコ
    fish scale
    魚のホネ
    fishbones
    魚のエサ
    fish food
  • 魚がとれる
    to be able to catch fish
    魚がいる
    there are fish
    魚がつれる
    to be able to catch fish
  • お魚
    fish
  • 魚を見る
    to look at fish
    魚をとる
    to catch a fish
    魚を食べる
    to eat fish

Context Sentences

魚はすきですが、生魚はにが手です。

I like fish, but I don’t like it raw.

バランスのいいちょう食をとるために、いつもグラノーラと魚を食べます。

I always eat granola and fish for a well-balanced breakfast.

もう絶対にメキシコの軽トラの積み荷から魚を買うもんか。

I’ll never buy fish from the back of a pickup truck in Mexico again.

Kanji Composition