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English translation: container housing or container home

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German term or phrase:Wohncontainer
English translation:container housing or container home
Entered by: Dan McCrosky
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14:31 Apr 20, 2001
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
German term or phrase: im Wohncontainer wohnen
provisorische Behausung, aehnlich wie Baucontainer
stefanie
container housing or container home
Explanation:
A German "Wohncontainer" does have some similarity to an American "mobile home" as far as comfort and class go but not so much in appearance. The term came first into use here when genuine 20 ft. or 40 ft. transport containers were fitted out with a door, a window or two and a kerosene or butane heating system for use as construction site or migrant farm worker housing. The stacking feature is sometimes even retained with outside stairs. Later the design was improved a bit and the containers were manufactured especially for housing and often used here in Germany for refugee housing. The word "mobile" is technically correct in that the things can be moved more easily than a real house, but the American terms "trailer" or "mobile home" call up a different mental image from a "Wohncontainer".

Here are some references for "container homes" or "container housing":

http://www.qpsinternational.com/container.htm

http://www.kita.or.kr/chonbuk/products/machinery/j_shinyoung...

http://www.goodfruit.com/archive/June-97/special4.html

http://westernfront.wwu.edu/1999/May/news1451.html

HTH

Dan

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Dan McCrosky
Local time: 18:51
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Thank you very much for your help. I appreciate that you took the time to explain your answer and even add references. This was the first time I used this site and I find it very helpful. Perhaps I can help someone else next time. Stefanie
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Summary of answers provided
nacontainer home
Alexander Schleber
nato live/living in a container home/container houseUschi (Ursula) Walke
nato live in a Portakabin
Astrid Elke Witte
nacontainer housing or container homeDan McCrosky
naliving/to live in a container container home/container houseUschi (Ursula) Walke
naliving in the housing trailerxxxlone
nato live in a mobile (or manufactured) homeUlrike Lieder
nato live in a mobile home
Dawn Montague


  

Answers


19 mins
to live in a mobile home


Explanation:
Wohncontainer = mobile home


    LEO English/German Dictionary
Dawn Montague
Local time: 12:51
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 114

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Dan McCrosky
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24 mins
living in the housing trailer


Explanation:
Hope this helps you!

Good luck


    knowledge of the language
xxxlone
Canada
Local time: 12:51
Native speaker of: Danish
PRO pts in pair: 330

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Dan McCrosky

Ulrike Lieder
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55 mins
to live in a mobile (or manufactured) home


Explanation:
"Mobile" home is somewhat of a misnomer as these structures are more or less permanently anchored to their sites and rarely (if ever) moved. The new and more politically correct term is "manufactured home". Also, the terms "trailer" and "trailer park" have acquired a somewhat derogatory connotation, at least in US English (cf. also "trailer trash", a rather unkind characterization of people -generally in the lower income brackets- who live in these so-called mobile home parks or trailer parks).


The term "manufactured home" was adopted in 1980 by the the United
States Congress to describe a type of house that is constructed in a
factory to comply with a building code developed by the Department of
Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In the past, manufactured homes
were called "mobile homes," a term that many people still use. However,
"mobile" is no longer an accurate name because fewer than five percent
of such homes are ever moved off the owner's original site.
www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cic_text/housing/manuhome/manuhome.txt


Ulrike Lieder
Local time: 09:51
Native speaker of: German
PRO pts in pair: 3525

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Dan McCrosky
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4 hrs
living/to live in a container container home/container house


Explanation:
container housing, temporary housing (quickly constructed)

colloquially Wohncontainer refers also to a very small apartment/room, lacking character. As in live-in container.

So I might be on the wrong track thinking of accommodation for temporary workers at large construction sites.

please see
http//www.qpsinternational.com/container.htm

'container homes, container housing, container houses
... constructed of overseas shipping containers, these units provide a durable residential unit that is quickly placed and connected to local utilities.
These units are complete; they contain bathroom and kitchen appliances along with lighting, windows and doors.'

Somebody had a similar problem:

please see

www.netstudio.hr/proting/welcomed.htm

in this site the German heading Wohncontainer appears in the English version as 'containers', followed by more information about office units, bedroom units, etc.

Good luck!








    as above
Uschi (Ursula) Walke
Local time: 03:51
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 492
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9 hrs
container housing or container home


Explanation:
A German "Wohncontainer" does have some similarity to an American "mobile home" as far as comfort and class go but not so much in appearance. The term came first into use here when genuine 20 ft. or 40 ft. transport containers were fitted out with a door, a window or two and a kerosene or butane heating system for use as construction site or migrant farm worker housing. The stacking feature is sometimes even retained with outside stairs. Later the design was improved a bit and the containers were manufactured especially for housing and often used here in Germany for refugee housing. The word "mobile" is technically correct in that the things can be moved more easily than a real house, but the American terms "trailer" or "mobile home" call up a different mental image from a "Wohncontainer".

Here are some references for "container homes" or "container housing":

http://www.qpsinternational.com/container.htm

http://www.kita.or.kr/chonbuk/products/machinery/j_shinyoung...

http://www.goodfruit.com/archive/June-97/special4.html

http://westernfront.wwu.edu/1999/May/news1451.html

HTH

Dan



Dan McCrosky
Local time: 18:51
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 1541
Grading comment
Thank you very much for your help. I appreciate that you took the time to explain your answer and even add references. This was the first time I used this site and I find it very helpful. Perhaps I can help someone else next time. Stefanie
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10 hrs
container home


Explanation:
Mobile home and caravan won't do, as they are not containers in the strict sense of the word.
Searching Google for "container home" (without the "s") delivers only container sites.
But -> http://www.google.com/search?as_q=container homes &num=10&bt...
gets you the sites that substantiate this term.
HTH


    Google / Translation experience for container sites
Alexander Schleber
Belgium
Local time: 18:51
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 2340
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15 hrs
to live/living in a container home/container house


Explanation:
correction of my previous answer. I doubled the first container. Sorry!


    xxx
Uschi (Ursula) Walke
Local time: 03:51
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 492
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16 hrs
to live in a Portakabin


Explanation:
Sehen Sie "Pons Collins Großwörterbuch für Experten und Universität, Deutsch-Englisch, Englisch-Deutsch", Neubearbeitung 1999.

"Portakabin" ist eine eingetragene Marke, die aber in der englischen Sprache regelmäßig benutzt wird.

Astrid Elke Witte
Germany
Local time: 18:51
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 578
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