A to Z Blogging Challenge: T is for Turtle #atozchallenge

A to Z Blogging Challenge: T is for Turtle
IntroductionAbout DuolingoAbout A to Z Blogging Challenge
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: T is for Turtle

Okay, okay, you got me: I barely have reason to use the word ‘turtle’ in English, let alone German or Danish. Oh, but aren’t these cool words? Call me fickle – or ‘vægelsindet’ in Danish (another great word) and wankelmütig in German (um, bit on the fence about that one!) – but the turtles won out. Anyway, Duolingo seems to see a need to narrate on the misadventures of a naughty strawberry eating turtle, so maybe it will come in handy after all…

Denmark flagDonna

Danish = skildpadde

Example sentence: En drengs skildpadde spiser pigens jordbær (A boy’s turtle eats the girl’s strawberry)


Germany flagDave

German = Schildkröte

Example sentence: Die Schildkröte ist neunzig (The turtle is ninety)


A to Z Blogging Challenge: T is for Turtle

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Donna Brown

Ever developing teacher and learner (online and offline!). Avid reader/audiobook listener, fan of podcasts, prone to the odd Netflix binge. Mum to six crazy and incredible rescue cats. Occasional writer of short stories and poetry.
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