Tortoises And Turtles
Interesting Facts in Easy English
- turtle: a marine-dwelling (fresh or saltwater) hard-shelled reptile; used in some regions as a generic word for turtles, terrapins, and tortoises
- tortoise: a land-dwelling reptile with a dome-shaped shell
- streamlined: features a design that allows air or water to pass by easily
- glide: to move smoothly without effort
- bask: to relax in the warmth and light
- limb: arm or leg
Tortoises And Turtles
- What is a tortoise in British English?
- Why is there confusion with the words tortoise and turtle?
- What is a terrapin?
Discussion Questions: Do you agree that all tortoises are turtles, while not all turtles are tortoises? Why or why not?
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Tortoises And Turtles
Many people are confused by the words tortoise and turtle. This is partly due to regional differences. In British English, turtles and tortoises are two different hard-shelled, egg-laying reptiles. The main difference is their habitat. Turtles live mainly in the water while tortoises live mainly on land. Turtles have a streamlined shell that is ideal for gliding in the water. Turtles also have webbed feet. Tortoises, on the other hand, are not good swimmers. They have dome-shaped shells and sturdy limbs for walking and digging on land. Just as turtles leave the water to bask in the sun or burrow in the mud, tortoises enter the water to clean themselves. Terrapins are tortoise-like turtles that live in the water and on land. To add to the confusion, in some North American regions, the word turtle is used for all three of these reptiles, while in Australia some use the word tortoise for freshwater turtles and turtle for sea turtles.
- In British English, a tortoise is a land-dwelling reptile with a dome-shaped hard shell.
- There is confusion with the words tortoise and turtle because different English speaking regions use different words.
- A terrapin is a hard-shelled reptile that lives on land and in water.
flores Yosselin (ENSFEP) says:
I think there are different types of turtles aquatic and marine and that they only change because of their habitac, but they deserve to be called turtles
Javier Goyri (ENSFEP) says:
I think that the name of the turtles or tortoise must have a characteristic after the word “tortoise” even if it is the English of another country.
For example, in some spiders or lizards after the name they have a small anatomical or environmental characteristic.
Ana Rojas (ENSFEP) says:
I agree that all turtles should be given the same name as Tortuga.
Since there are different types of turtles and each one of them is classified by its habitat.
Leyva Cristhian (ENSFEP) says:
I think that all tortoises are turtles but they have different habitat and different sizes.
De la cruz Yerin (ENSFEP) says:
I think that all turtles are similar by your denomination, but are different for their habitat and their traits physical that distinguish each of them.
Ramos Brianda (ENSFEP) says:
I believe that all turtles deserve to be named in the same way, the only thing that differentiates them is their habitat.
Olivares Rubi (ENSFEP) says:
Yes, I agree that all turtles are called turtles because each type of turtle has different characteristics, but they are turtles.
Valiente Salma (ENSFEP) says:
I think that the turtles and tortoises are different because the turtles a aquatic and the tortoises an aquatic and marine form and the others are semi terrestrial and fresh water form
Ortigoza Juan (ENSFEP) says:
I think that all have the name of turtle, although the turtles are also classified by type but they still have the same name.
García Kristal (ENSFEP) says:
There are different types of turtles, terrestrial and aquatic, but that does not mean that they are no longer turtles, they have different ways of living and their habitat is different, but that does not mean that they are not turtles.
Salazar Luis (ENSFEP) says:
No, I agree to say that all tortoise are turtles, because they have many regional differences, their habitat and although they are similar because they live in water and on land.
Hdz Laura (ENSFEP) says:
Yes, of course. I agree to think that all tortoises are turtles, maybe they have some differences like for example their habitat but they do not let of be tourtles.
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Mujtaba Hatim says:
And the audio files
Myriam García says:
Sorry for my previous mistakes in writing my comment. It’s a matter of managing the keyboard of my phone.
Well, it’s a nice story, but the cloze exercise should be modified a little bit. As a teacher,I’ve been taught we should include just one cathegory words at a time otherwise we could lead our students to much confusion; especially if they’re young or beginners. For example, just nouns,just adjectives or verbos, etc. It will depends on the objective of the listening.
Besides, as a pre-listening task, we should
practise pronunciation of key words first or give alernatives.
Anyway,without context,objectives or level of students is not easy to evaluate the activity.
Good text. Thanks.I’d love to have the podcast.
Thank you BUT where is audio file, please ?