Translation:There is a village by the river.
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Shouldn't the english for soba be "by" not "on"? For me soba is more like "by my side"
It can depend on context. In English, when something — usually large and not-so-mobile — is located right next to the water, we often say it is "on" it. It's very common to hear of a city on the river for example, and of course, it isn't actually on top of it.
川のそば is "river's side" (though not quite "riverside") so it is suggesting a very close proximity. "On" would be perfectly natural to say here.
I would still say the village is by the river. Different dialects of English say it differently. Pretty sure "on" is standard in more British variants, while "by" is more American English
Well, I'm from the U.S and I've probably heard "on" used more for things like cities or attractions, but the way things are said can vary greatly throughout the nation.
For what it's worth, Google's n-gram viewer generally shows "city/town/village on the river" as being more common in either English to varying degrees. Playing around with the type of water and establishment shows some interesting trends, but "on" seems to generally be dominant, though the margin is not currently huge.
そば or 側 // Usually written using kana alone
ある or 有る or 在る // Usually written using kana alone
I did "there is a river by the village" and it told me it was "there is a village by the river." What did i do to deserve this?
Doulingo have to fix that 側 (そば ) = 1. near; close; beside; vicinity; proximity; besides; while
近く is generally near, そば is a tight area near (but still some leeway), すぐそば would be directly next to
Could the sentence also translate to: There is a river near the village.
i too wrote the same sentence - there is a river ..... but if you look at japanese sentence, it says 川のそば which mean near river , so sentence should be there is a village near the river
i also like the explanation of one of the other commenters, that "mura" is the object of "arimasu".
There is a village on the river. How does that work? But I guess if dogs can sell flowers, anything is possible...