The picture on the TV above is a view across a valley. I took it last week as it was such a lovely far view.
The German word fern means far, remote or distant, and sehen is to see, look, view.

So, literally ‘fernsehen’ means to see far or into the distant – and that is exactly what you can do when you switch on your TV. Needless to say that therefore ‘fernsehen’ also means to watch TV, der Fernseher is the TV set and die Fernbedienung is the remote control. (I think the German language is really clever, but I would say that, wouldn’t I?  🙄 )

Other words beginning with Fern are

But what sort of programmes (Fernsehsendungen) do we watch on TV?

und natürlich den Wetterbericht – the weather forcast!

If this is making you wonder whether you should watch some German TV, check out my blog post ‘Improve your German with German TV’.

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