A to Z Blogging Challenge: Z is for Zoo #atozchallenge

A to Z Blogging Challenge: Z is for Zebra
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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: Z is for Zoo

Not really a surprise that our final post should be ‘Z is for Zoo’, not least of all because we have featured quite a few animals during our month of language exploration. Last year we finished on Z is for Zebra (which in an A-Z of Cats was quite a feat) so we thought we’d vary it up a little.

It’s been a very enjoyable month, though by no means easy. However, we’ve learnt many new words, seen many, many new and cool blogs – you may have seen a comment or two from Mr B on your own blog – and had a great time.

Who knows what next year will bring!

PS. As an aside, I was taught Tiergarten) (“animal garden”) when I did German in high school. I understand Zoo and Tiergarten can both be used so I’ve gone with ‘Zoo’.

Denmark flagDonna

Danish = zoologisk have

Example sentence: Den zoologiske have har mange legende dyr (The zoo has many playing animals)


Germany flagDave

German = Zoo

Example sentence: Der Zoo ist groƟ (The zoo is big)


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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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