A to Z Blogging Challenge: O is for Orange #atozchallenge

A to Z Blogging Challenge: O is for Orange
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Earlier this year I was inspired by a Twitter challenge (#teacher5adaymflmarch) to spend a few minutes every day using Duolingo. I wasn’t in a position to do the full challenge but I love that it prompted me to try something new, just because and just for me. Since then, I’ve been spending a few minutes every day learning a little Danish and I love it.

I knew this year that I wanted to do the A to Z Blogging Challenge again but time was tight. I finally hit upon the idea that I could combine my Duolingo language challenge with my A to Z Blogging Challenge and I asked Dave if he wanted to jump on board. He did, so every day we’ll be theming our posts with a new word that we’ve learnt during our own particular language journeys.

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A to Z schedule

Most of the time if you subtract Sundays from April, you then have 26 days–one day for each letter of the alphabet. When April 1st lands on a Sunday you begin on that day which will be the only Sunday you would post during that month’s challenge.

Using this premise, you would start beginning April First with a topic themed on something with the letter A, then on April second another topic with the letter B as the theme, and so on until you finish on April thirtieth with the theme based on the letter Z. It doesn’t even have to be a word–it can be a proper noun, the letter used as a symbol, or the letter itself. The theme of the day is the letter scheduled for that day.

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A to Z Blogging Challenge: O is for Orange

Today’s prompt has led to a little confusion/befuddlement. When I saw orange is appelsin in Danish, I thought ‘Oh, like German has Apfelsine’ (although I was a bit fuzzy on the spelling). I am sure that even though I was taught Orangensaft for orange juice, the word for the orange itself was Apfelsine. Yet, it seems this has either fallen out of favour or is maybe restricted to certain parts of Germany? Hmm, something to look into when time allows.

The A to Z Blogging Challenge/Duolingo challenge sends me on another new tangent…

Denmark flagDonna

Danish = appelsin

Example sentence: Jeg har en appelsin på min tallerken (I have an orange on my plate)


Germany flagDave

German = Orange

Example sentence: Die Orange ist gut (The orange is good)


A to Z Blogging Challenge: O is for Orange

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  1. That is quite interesting! I want to learn The German language, so I guess I have made a start…

    1. It’s a great language. I went to Germany a few years ago and couldn’t speak a word. Hopefully when I go back there I’ll not need to speak much English at all :)

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