There is! Not really in meaning, but a difference anyhow:
'Dichtbij' is an adverb, so no words have to follow:
- Hij woont dichtbij - "He lives nearby".
In case words have to follow "dichtbij", we use "dicht bij". So in this case, 'dicht' enhances the preposition 'bij'.
- Hij woont dicht bij de kerk - "He lives close to the church."
Is it just me or does the voice pronounce the word "dorp" something like "dorop"?
the village is 'near to' the big city should also be accepted. This is grammatically correct, I've checked!!! ;) Why is it not accepted? I quite often correct my answers to fit Duolingo just to be able to continue forwards, despite knowing that my answers were also correct. Just a frustrated comment, because despite this I really appreciate all that Duolingo offers, including the forum where I have learned so much. :)