https://www.duolingo.com/robbiee_88

"The pawn"

December 27, 2012

15 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/jetboy

I think this question was a bit unfair, considering I had just had "Der Bauer" introduced as Farmer only 2 or 3 slides ago. Also, I'm in the category "Occupations" so I don't think we should be introducing Chess terms!

January 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/phle

Yes, agree. And it's not the first time this situation occurs here.

March 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/flaniererin

I also agree with jetboy. "Pawn" definition has nothing to do with occupations and was not introduced earlier.

February 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/couchdoor

I agree too, but find the multiple meanings here interesting...is pawn a relic from the age of knights and kings? any etymologists here?

March 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/elitzazarcheva

Not an etymologist but you're right, it's interesting. Especially when I guessed that Bauer would be a construction worker (from Bau, construction), yet it turned out to be a farmer and now a pawn :)

April 1, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/duoderSie

yep Bau, bauen, Bauern and Bauernhof are quite confusing. I've always assumed that it was because farmers "build" crops.

April 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/moz.

Agreed with Jetboy. At least introduce its alternate meaning at the beginning or on a separate picture slide.

March 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jphager2

so we see der Bauer as the farmer, the peasant and now the pawn...

March 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Scapeplan

They're essentially the same if you think of feudalism.

May 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/tdornelas

In Brazil we use this word, "peão" (pawn), for these cases: the chess piece, the person who mounts horses and take care of the farms (not the farm owner) and the person who works in constructions under the engineers orders.

April 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/sr_encendedor

so we do with the word "peón" in Spanish. Valeu pela aclaracao!

April 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/cassecou

In Spanish is very common to call someone who works in a farm "peon" as well as in Chess, but it is always for subordinate persons not for farmers whom own the ground. Maybe is the same concept.

April 1, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/robbiee_88

Der Bauer means the farmer no the pawn...right?

December 27, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/FaNciiN

I would use this site http://www.dict.cc/?s=pawn

December 27, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/cayvie

i think calling things like this "unfair" misses the point of how duolingo works.

this doesn't teach language like traditional classes.

June 5, 2013
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