"Das Dorf"

Translation:The village

March 28, 2013

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I put 'the town' and got it wrong, but just in the previous question I translated Dorf as town and it was accepted. Is this a mistake or is their something I'm missing?

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    It depends on your dialect. In American English, "town" is fine, but not in British English. In any case, a "Dorf" is a small settlement in a rural area.


    I've noticed just how relative everything is in english lately. Here in Utah, a small town would be any grouping of 15+ houses. If you have a population anywhere near 2000, you are in a city.... but my friend from New York thinks that our largest city (population 1.08 million) is a small town. Here in Utah, if you say "village," we would think of a small (probably third-world) settlement with no roads and where the people mostly had handcarts. With such variations, I'm just curious what a german would think of if you say Dorf.


    Also dwarf in English is small like a village. Dwarf and dorf.

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      There is a similar word: thorpe. It's not a word for village anymore but it is in place names e.g. Scunthorpe, Thorpe Marriott. Not sure if it's used outside England.


      Not in America. But that was very interesting to learn!


      Also cognate with Swedish 'torp', which refers to a lone farmhouse-esque building (these days, mostly as a summer cottage of sorts, I'd say). See https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/torp#Swedish


      Dorfs are really cool; I'm bad with numbers but I bet they're usually smaller than 2000 people. They're modern, with paved roads and all - they're just different. Try 'dorf' on Google images. People walk a lot more than in America, and many things are often within walking distance. So in America things are more spread out, right? You'd have a bigger, more spread out town and there would be a long journey to the next town. But in Germany towns are much more compact and more evenly spaced; for instance, you leave your dorf and you're suddenly in beautiful green countryside, but then just over the next hill or two you find another little dorf. So dorfs are smaller but they're closer together, and there's a clearer difference between when you're inside of town and when you're outside- in the country. Am I helping, at all?


      I dont know about helping but its a beautiful picture. Thank you


      You are completely right - exept in one case: plural of Dorf is Dörfer, not Dorfs.


      Yes, thats true if you were in a trailer park for example in German I'm pretty sure you would say "dorf" which translates in Duolingo's terms to village would be an offense to the peiple in the village. Another example in English you would refer to a fat man as "big" instead of "fat". In my oppinion the German is just strait on with village.


      Im from a small town in utah and went to a small town in new york and it was bigger then provo and orem combined.


      I know this is really old, but in my state in the US, "village" is a specific classification, as are "town" and "city." Each has individual requirements and parameters.


      Since Germans use US English, you'd think it would go through


      So Düsseldorf is actually a village... Glad to know that now.

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        From tiny Düssels mighty Dorfs have grown.


        Should that be reversed to make slightly more sense, German-wise? (i.e. tiny Dorfs, mighty Düssels)


        Düsseldorf is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the seventh most populous city in Germany. Düsseldorf is an international business and financial centre, renowned for its fashion and trade fairs. Source Wikipedia

        Website Düsseldorf / in German and English Website Düsseldorf

        A village: means in English: a ​group of ​houses and other ​buildings that is ​smaller than a ​town, usually in the ​countryside Source: dictionary.cambridge

        Pronunciation Düsseldorf: look here: Google

        Düsseldorf am Rhein

        Düsseldorf and its seven bridges of the Rhine : The bridges of Düsseldorf


        Thank you for your information. Now I know more about Düsseldorf. Actually, mine was a sarcastic comment, because even though it is a large and popolous city its name contains the word "Dorf", that means little town. I wonder if Germans find it odd... maybe, for them saying Düsseldorf sounds just as strange as calling the capital city of Mexico "Mexico Village".


        For Colognians Düsseldorf is just this little village on the river Düssel that wants to be the cool guy.


        Is the audio right on this? to me it sounds like she's saying dalf


        No she pronounce it the right way :)


        I heard 'Dolf'.


        The English cognate of 'dorf' is 'thorp', which is now obsolete except in placenames (e.g. Burnham Thorpe).


        Is it just me or does the female voice when fast sound like "dis dorof?"


        Simon what does that mean

        [deactivated user]

          It's a reference to The Prisoner: Where am I? In the Village. Who are you? You are Number 6.

          [deactivated user]

            Read the Wikipedia page on German phonology to understand how to pronounce German R after vowels. It is pronounced but maybe not how you expect.


            No, you should pronounce it.


            Dorf can also mean dumb, right?


            No, that would be doof.


            Are places usually masculine? Or are they also random...


            It's rather random, but you can often recognize what gender a word is by looking at its suffix. Here's a nice article:



            LOL... articles really are difficult.


            what is farm in german?


            "farm" is "die Farm"


            Or der Bauernhof.


            I know I'm being somewhat diabolical, but I put hamlet and was denied. Does anyone have a good reason why I shouldn't report this as another good answer?

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              Weiler seems to be the translation for hamlet, which is a village but a special kind of village i.e. a very small one. Since the size of the village is not specified here, translating Dorf as hamlet would be an assumption.


              That village Or The village .....?!


              I answered right but... Isn't dorf=dumb?


              You're probably thinking of doof, which is a slightly childish insult. Perhaps on the level of "poopyhead".


              Wait. Directly translated, what does Düsseldorf mean?


              "village on the river Düssel"


              I wonder why she says "DIS Dorf"


              Because she’s a computer.

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