A to Z Blogging Challenge: R is for Red #atozchallenge

A to Z Blogging Challenge: R is for Red
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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: R is for Red

It wasn’t until I’d put together today’s graphics that I realised red is a good choice as it appears on both the Danish and German flags. So, while I’d love to give the impression that this was a cleverly thought out choice, it wasn’t. Shame on me! Great word/colour, though…

Denmark flagDonna

Danish = røt

Example sentence: Kvinderne har røde æbler og grå heste (The women have red apples and grey horses)


Germany flagDave

German = rot

Example sentence: Ein roter Hund trägt weiße Kleider (A red dog wears white clothes)


A to Z Blogging Challenge: R is for Red

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  1. I don’t know German (or Danish, for that matter), but I saw a kid wearing a shirt in German the other day that said “My uncle is better than yours.” My wife, who does speak German, translated for me. Kinda fun being in the know when nobody else around you is.

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