54 The Fish Market

Daisuke works at Tsugiji fish market in Japan. He talks about his job.


Todd: OK. Daisuke!

Daisuke: Yes.

Todd: You work at the fish market?

Daisuke: Yep.

Todd: OK. What's the fish market like?

Daisuke: It's, I'm working for Tsugigi Fish Market, which is quite big and it's of course the two place, which is inside and outside. I work for outside.

Todd: Outside?

Daisuke: Yeah. Inside is for, um, for professional people, like restaurant people, chefs cause the inside to buy better fish and outside fish market is for normal people like us, like everybody can go and buy fish.

Todd: OK, well what do you do everyday at the fish market?

Daisuke: Normally sell the fish. It's the main job. But I also have to carry fish, and you know, um carrying ice and put, put ice, um, yeah, and preserve fish.

Todd: Wow, what time do you start work?

Daisuke: 5:40.

Todd: Wow, that's pretty early.

Daisuke: Yeah.

Todd: Wow. What time do you have to get up to get to work?

Daisuke: About 4:30.

Todd: 4:30. Yeah, do you get fish for free?

Daisuke: No.

Todd:No? Well, that's too bad.

Daisuke: Yeah, it's no good.

Todd: OK. Thanks, Daisuke.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

fish market

Do you work at the fish market?

A 'fish market' is a place where fresh fish and seafood are sold.  Much of the fish sold in the fish market was caught that day.  Notice the following:

  1. What is the best place in the fish market to get salmon?
  2. I go once a week to eat ceviche at the fish market.

professional people

The inside fish market is for professional people.

In this case, 'Professional people' means people in the industry who are serious about their work, as opposed to tourists or casual shoppers.  'Professional people' can also mean people who have professional and usually higher paid jobs.  These are businessmen, bankers, stock brokers, etc.  They are frequently called 'white collar workers.' Notice the following:

  1. The coffee shop was filled with professional people.
  2. Sometimes professional people look very stressed.

normal people

The outside fish market is for normal people like us.

The term 'normal people' refers to average people that don't receive special attention.  Notice the following:

  1. My friends are all normal people.
  2. Where do normal people buy their fruits and vegetables?

ice to preserve

We put ice to preserve the fish.

To 'preserve' something is keep it good or fresh.  When you put something on ice you place the food item on or under ice to keep it fresh.  Notice the following:

  1. What is the best way to preserve bread?
  2. Put the milk in the refrigerator to preserve it.

get up, get to (work)

What time do you get up to get to work?

To 'get up' in this case is to get out of bed in the morning.  'Get to work' is the same as arrive at work.  Notice the following:

  1. We need to get up and leave early tomorrow.
  2. I usually get to the office around 7:30 am.


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Complete the sentences with the words below.
fish market • professional • normal
put ice • get up • get to
  1. This is a bar for people at the end of the work day.
  2. We need to the airport at least two hours before the flight.
  3. They had a really good selection of crab at the today.
  4. Can you in with the meat to keep it fresh?
  5. It's mostly people who come here for business lunches.
  6. Go to bed now or it will be difficult to tomorrow.