"Was ist dein Fachbereich?"

Translation:What is your department?

September 27, 2013



But what does it mean? Are you talking to a professor, asking what department he works in? (Then we wouldn't be using "dein".) We don't usually say students have a department. Students have a major-meaning a major area of study.

December 26, 2013


I agree. I think "area of study" would make more sense in this case.

January 4, 2014


It doesn't literally translate, but "area of expertise" or "discipline" would make most sense. You would likely say this to a university professor "Was ist Ihre Fachbereich". You'd get a response in the sense of "Meine Spezialität ist Psychologie" or whatever discipline he is into.

When asking a student you are more likely to ask: "Was ist der Fachbereich Ihrer Studie". However this does sound a bit forced.

April 14, 2014


In France, in each univertity have its own faculties, today named UFR (for unity of formation and research). They are kinds of schools in the university, with their own President and organisation. An UFR is not an area of reseach ! For example, when I was a student in modern litterature, I was both on French and comparated litterature UFR AND french language UFR. And I had to go to other UFR for complementary classes. My italian class was at the Italian AND Romanian UFR. When I worked for the university, later, I was member of the staff of only one of these faculties.

September 30, 2015


We have the same thing in America! Though the term "college" can be used interchangeably with "university", the term "college" more precisely refers to a specific school of discipline within a university. In other words, within a university, there are many colleges. For example, the college of engineering is one college within the University of South Florida. I hope I'll find the same basic concepts apply to uni in Germany, and seeing as the Uni of Kaiserslautern is near France, your comment gives me hope.

June 11, 2017


Die Fakultät is a word similar to Fachbereich. How do they differ?

June 2, 2016


In a workpace setting the question makes sense.

October 11, 2014


"field of study" was rejected

August 15, 2014


It is accepted now (April 2016)

April 3, 2016


"Fachbereich" what does this mean literally? Bereich is area, right? so what is "Fach"?

May 1, 2014


It can mean your field of specialty.

In the world of opera, a singer's voice is often catagorized by its "Fach," though I have never heard the full term Fachbereich used in this case. Maybe I just haven't been exposed to it. In any case, a soprano who was especially good singing the coloratura phrases of Rossini would be in a different Fach than a dramatic soprano singing the works of Verdi.

July 26, 2014


That's right, but "Fach" generally means "subject" in the original context above. So, for example: "What subject should I choose?" would be "Welches Fach soll ich wählen?".

November 22, 2014


Fach has a meaning of subject, so subject area would seem a good translation, but I'm not a native german speaker.

February 4, 2015


Wiktionary says,

Fach - compartment, drawer, subject.

Bereich - range, scope, area, field.

Haupt - head, chief, main.

So, Fachbereich - subject area.

Hauptfach - major subject.

December 1, 2018


Fachbereich is one's speciality. I think it is a much clearer translation than department (which would be only "Bereich" or "Amt").

January 4, 2015


Fachbereich, Fachgebiet or Spezialgebiet is one's specialty, one's special field. A faculty is eine Fakultät.

May 23, 2019


could you say "what is your field of expertise" ?

March 8, 2014


I believe we can. :)

April 23, 2014


Wouldn't this be more accurately translated as "What is your major?", as opposed to DL's "What is your department?" ?

I'm reporting but i'd like a confirmation :)

September 27, 2013


"What is your major ?" would be "Was ist dein Hauptfach ?"


October 30, 2013


I agree with area of study. Faculty is misleading.

January 8, 2014


and what about "specialty"?

May 20, 2014


Yeah why doesn't "specialty" work? That seems like one of the best, if not the best, translations for "Fachbereich"

July 6, 2014


also "special field" or "specialist area"

January 26, 2014


I think this might literally translate to "subject area."

February 17, 2016


Having looked at all these comments, I went to Google Translate, which gives "subject area" or "special field" and which ties up with many of the comments.

March 12, 2018


Would department better translate to "Abteilung"?

March 20, 2016


Discipline, area of study, major, field of expertise...all great translations. But not department. Wollten Sie wirklich fragen, "Was ist Deine Abteilung?" Glaub nit.

August 6, 2016


I think specialism is more appropriate than speciality here, but it is a close call.

August 2, 2017


British students don't have majors. They have subjects. Their department is simply the building where they get lectures or do practicals. Given the lengths that Duo goes to to warn of false cognates in the German system versus the US one, and given tbat the system is different again in probably all English-speaking countries, and given that a number of Duo users doing this course have English as a second language anyway, I think this whole area is hopeless and might be better left out of the course altogether.

December 10, 2017


Yes, i agree, an american high-school is just not a Höhere Schule or Gesamtschule. Some things are untranslatable. And a Gesamtschule is not a community-school. A community school is not a Kreisschule. A kindergarten is a Kindergarten and a university is eine Üniversität. But a Fach-hochschule gibt es einfach nicht in the UK or USA. And a technical-university is not a good translation, certainly no for the medical and social professions.

December 10, 2017


Surely "Which is your department?" is better grammar?

May 8, 2019
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