"Η χελώνα και το μικρό άλογο."

Translation:The turtle and the small horse.

September 5, 2016

20 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/nocturne72

Please tell me there is a distinction between Tortoises and Turtles in Greek. They are different creatures. The one swims, the other sinks like a brick. I now have visions of Greek animal lovers trying to save tortoises by throwing them in rivers. Bad idea. Haha.

September 5, 2016

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Mod

    There is no distinction, you can only say θαλάσσια (sea) χελώνα or χελώνα γλυκού νερού (freshwater turtle) to indicate it's not a land creature.

    September 5, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo

    tortoises/turtles/terrapins is not a scientific distinction, much like ape/monkey. Different languages divide things up differently, or not at all.

    September 6, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/ApostolosB4

    There isn't really a distinction so we say "Η θαλάσσια χελώνα" which is "The sea turtle

    September 5, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/AnCatDubh

    Did you know? The word άλογο comes from α(ν)- + λόγος, i.e. non-logical, like beasts are.

    September 10, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/JadonDavid

    Αctually λόγος means word or speech, so a more direct translation would be non-talking. It was a military term used by the Greeks to refer to the horses. in ancient Greek, they referred to a horse as ιππος.

    July 20, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Jezza54195

    I do not know of a Greek word for a pony, so is "pony" a valid translation for "small horse"?

    September 19, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/ChrysiCh.

    No, a pony is "πόνυ" and the animated show "My little pony" is "Μικρό μου πόνυ" :D

    September 20, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/nocturne72

    O.K......So the word is tortoise and to indicate that it's a turtle you would say "sea tortoise". Interesting.

    September 5, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/DarrenReiley

    I thought horse was Ήππος...? As in "Ηπποδρομιο" Is that just Attic?

    June 12, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/troll1995

    You can use ίππος but the most common word for horse is άλογο.

    June 12, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/jss.___

    Άλογο? Why not ίππος?

    June 13, 2017

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    Mod

      As troll says in this very discussion

      You can use ίππος but hte most common word for horse is άλογο.

      June 13, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/jss.___

      Sorry, I mainly use the cellphone for Duolingo and I don't see there all the comments posted.

      June 14, 2017

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      Mod

        Hmmm, I thought users could see all the comments in a discussion. That certainly explains why people ask the same questions! :) Is it the app or the website you are logging on to?

        June 14, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/uabyrne

        i can't do the diacritics on my keyboard, so why was my answer not accepted when answers without diacritics have been accepted up to now?

        June 15, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty

        I had in my mind for some long time the word "αγαλό" as a translation of "horse"; now I find out that word doesn't exist O.O

        July 7, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/Julie176946

        The previous pages, did not show a turtle, how would the language learner know the word?

        August 5, 2017
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