"Sköldpadda" literally means "shielded toad" ("sköld" = "shield", "padda" = "toad") Isn't it cute?
I'm slightly confused. The hint says that Sköldpaddan can also mean tortoise. Is this really the case?
Yes, it's inclusive, means both tortoise and turtle. If you want to get specific you can too:
havssköldpadda - sea turtle
landsköldpadda - land tortoise
Could someone explain how to pronounce the start of the word in english, the skö part sounds like hwell?
Same with tortuga in Spanish. I had to explain all the time that I have a pet turtle which is not the same as a pet tortoise.
It's the indefinite form of 'water' (= 'vatten') that is requested here, 'the water' would be 'vattnet'.