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"De kinderen hebben een schildpad."

Translation:The children have a turtle.

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2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/HenkPillekers

In British and Australian English this would be called a "tortoise", whereas the amphibious variety of this animal is a "turtle". The Americans use "turtle", as in the translation.

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Well, turtles and tortoises are both reptiles, and they form the order Testudines, along with the terrapin.

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According to my dictionary schildpad is a tortoise and a turtle would be a watershildpad or seeschildpad - Duo thinks the Dutch use the same word for tortoise and turtle but the dictionary doesnt

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https://www.duolingo.com/xMerrie
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In Dutch, we don't make a distinction between 'tortoise' and 'turtle'. Otherwise, 'tortoise' would be 'landschildpad' and 'turtle' would be 'zeeschildpad' and/or 'zoetwaterschildpad'. But really, we use for both just 'schildpad'.

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Thanks - dictionaries don't always give the whole story!

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You're welcome!

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