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A simple poem for children.

You’ll never catch a fish by just saying, please
You won’t catch a fish with a yellow piece of cheese
(it’s not a mouse)

What do fish think? is top rate
Do you know what it is that would make them take the bait?

No, it’s not worms
(worms? Ewww!)
Which may come as a surprise
Maybe it's a pop or maybe is French fries
(mmm, French fries)

You can try a hamburger or even try a moose
(a moose! Ahh?)
Perhaps they’d like to nibble on a Canadian goose

Whether is one or a whole bunch in a team
I’m pretty sure they don’t eat purple ice-cream
(purple ice-cream? Mmm… yummy!)

The water might be clear
The water might be muddy
But what a fish really wants
Is another fish buddy

The title of the poem, FISHY FOOD, has a double meaning. Fishy food is food for fish. But the word FISHY also means "Inspiring doubt or suspicion".

WHAT DO FISH THINK? IS TOP RATE= This sentence is grammatically incorrect but makes sense. The problem is that it is one single sentence but it is constructed as two different sentences. The subject of the verb IS is the question “what do fish think?”. In correct English we have two options here:
1- one sentence: what fish think is top rate.
2- two sentences: what do fish think? It’s top rate. (one question and one answer).

TOP RATE= Top secret.

BAIT= The food you put on the hook to catch fish. Also, figuratively, the thing you use to attract a person in a deceitful way.

WORMS= /wɜ:*m/

MAY COME AS A SURPRISE= May be a surprise. MAY is used to express possibility (= maybe).

WHICH MAY COME AS A SURPRISE= The complete sentence is: “it’s not worms, which may come as a surprise”. We use WHICH after a comma to explain or comment on a whole sentence. Here, we are commenting on “it’s not worms”.
1- She has a car which is strange = her car is strange.
The sentence with WHICH is explaining what car she has).
2- She has a car, which is very strange because she can’t drive = it is strange that she has a car.
The sentence with WHICH is commenting on the sentence SHE HAS A CAR. The car is not strange, what is strange is the fact that she has a car.

A POP= A pop drink, a fizzy drink (drink with bubbles inside, like Cola, Fanta, RedBull, etc.)

FRENCH FRIES (AmE)= Chips (BrE) (see picture).

MOOSE= An animal similar to a big deer which lives in Canada (you can see it on the video).

NIBBLE= To eat with small, quick bites.

CANADIAN GOOSE= A goose (plural: geese) is an animal similar to a duck but bigger. In Europe they are white, they can fly but they are also kept in farms. In Canada they are grey with black stripes and they are always wild (you can see them on the video).

WHETHER... OR...= We use these connectors to introduce an alternative (just two options or possibilities):
- I don’t know whether she’s at home or out.

MUDDY= dirty, with mud. Mud is produced when it rains and the soil (the earth on the ground) mixes with the water and becomes slimy.

ANOTHER= /ənʌðə*/

BUDDY= (AmE, coll.) friend.

FISH BUDDY= When we have two nouns together, the first noun is acting as an adjective, describing the second noun. So here we are talking about a BUDDY. What kind of buddy? A FISH buddy (a friend who is a fish, not a person).


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