What does "fern" mean in German?

What does "fern" mean in German?

Postby edrigu » December 22nd, 2013, 9:33 pm

Like in sentences "Der Junge sehen fern". I know it isn't a noun, because it isn't capitalized. I can't make any sense of it because I've never seen it before, and I can't glean anything from the sentence or context. Can any German-speakers out there help?

Also, as a bonus question, what's up with the word "zu"? I know it translates to "to" or "too", but I keep on seeing it used at the end of sentences, like "Die Eltern horen zu". Can someone please explain that to me?

I'm sure it's simple, but I just can't get it for some reason. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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What does "fern" mean in German?

Postby kin77 » December 22nd, 2013, 9:34 pm

Fern means far. "Der Junge sehen fern" is incorrect German. Corrected it would be "Der Junge sieht Fern" The boy is watching television perhaps. Fernseher is a television. Literally translated Fernseher means 'Farseeer'. I know it sounds strange.

"Zu" would mean "Die Eltern horen zu" as in 'The parents are listening TO".

Hope that helps.
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What does "fern" mean in German?

Postby cibor57 » December 22nd, 2013, 9:42 pm

"Fern" in this case is part of a separable verb "fernsehen", or "to watch TV". ("Television" itself is a combination of "far-see"). "Fern" generally means "far".

"Zu" in this case is also part of a separable verb "zuhören", or "to listen to". "Zu" generally means "to" or sometimes "too" ("excessively") as in "Ich bin zu meiner Mutter gegangen" - "I went to my mother" or "Das ist zu laut" - "that's too loud".
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What does "fern" mean in German?

Postby nichol85 » December 22nd, 2013, 9:47 pm

fern : far, distant
but fern in the context: Der Junge sieht fern - from fernsehen (to teleview)

zu : to, toward
but : Die Eltern hören zu - from zuhören ( to listen to)
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What does "fern" mean in German?

Postby strod » December 22nd, 2013, 10:05 pm

fern means far, distant, away from (don't confuse it with "weit")

"fern sehen" means watch television

ho"ren means hear/listen

zuho"ren means listen (to)
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What does "fern" mean in German?

Postby jim » December 22nd, 2013, 10:10 pm

fernsehen means 'to watch TV,' but it's being separeted from the stem.
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