"Dekinderenhebbeneenschildpad."

Translation:The children have a turtle.

2 years ago

6 Comments


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.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fairestandfallen

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

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Albert981766
Albert981766
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 9
  • 766

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

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xMerrie
xMerrie
Mod
  • 25
  • 20
  • 18
  • 17
  • 11
  • 11
  • 11

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'.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Albert981766
Albert981766
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 9
  • 766

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

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xMerrie
xMerrie
Mod
  • 25
  • 20
  • 18
  • 17
  • 11
  • 11
  • 11

You're welcome!

2 years ago
Learn Dutch in just 5 minutes a day. For free.