A to Z Blogging Challenge: U is for Us #atozchallenge

A to Z Blogging Challenge: U is for Us
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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.

Find out more here.

A to Z Blogging Challenge: U is for Us

I was struggling a bit for U as I didn’t seem to be coming across that many words. I’m sure there must be plenty but, as usual, when you need something at the forefront of your mind, you start drawing a blank. Also, if I’m honest, I was starting to fixate on unicorn a bit and getting a bit disappointed that that wasn’t coming up. (Well, with book reading ducks and kleptomaniac turtles, it seemed possible!)

Anyway, then I realised there was a great ‘U’ I could use and that’s ‘us’. So there we are in the picture. Okay, so the Danish and German phrases don’t really match the picture – well, not at all! – but it could have been worse. It could have been unicorns after all…

Denmark flagDonna

Danish = os

Example sentence: Ingeniørerne arbejder med os (The engineers are working with us)


Germany flagDave

German = uns

Example sentence: Es ist aus zwischen uns (It is over between us)


A to Z Blogging Challenge: U is for Us

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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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