A Fishy Spanish Lesson - Pez vs. Pescado

vocab Oct 28, 2020
 

¡Hola, hola!

Ever realize that both pez and pescado mean fish in Spanish? Well they're actually a little different. We're here to clear it up 👇

Pez is an animal, or the fish that you catch by completing the verb pescar. Once a fish has been caught however, it has been pescado (which is the the past participle of pescar) and becomes un pescado (the name for the fish). Therefore, the pez that was nadando or swimming turns into a pescado en tu plato or fish on your plate.

Here are a couple more examples:
Los peces estaban nadando.
Translation: The fish were swimming.
El pescado estaba delicioso.
Translation: The fish was delicious.
Vimos muchos peces lindos desde el barco. Aunque nos haya dado pena, igual terminamos cenando pescado en el puerto.
Translation: We saw a lot of fish from the boat. Even though we felt bad, we ended up eating fish for dinner at the port.

To an English-speaker, having two different words for 🐟 might seem unnecessary, but sometimes you just have to adaptarte.

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