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"Η χελώνα και το μικρό άλογο."

Translation:The turtle and the small horse.

September 5, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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.


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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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ApostolosB4

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnCatDubh

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jezza54195

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


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

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nocturne72

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DarrenReiley

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/troll1995

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


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

Άλογο? Why not ίππος?


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As troll says in this very discussion

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


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

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


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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?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kiddo-depido

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

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