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"Der Fernseher ist teuer."

Translation:The TV set is expensive.

March 8, 2014

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beneficium

What is the difference between 'der Fernseher' and 'das Fernsehen'?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hckoenig

"der Fernseher" - "the television set"

"das Fernsehen" - "the television" (the institution, the organization, the broadcasting system)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Seamus747

Indeed, yet when I gave "television set" as my answer, I was marked wrong and lost a heart. I have reported it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrederickEason

"Television set" is now accepted.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/1i11i1y

why wouldn't it accept the telly is expensive


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GalvanTivadar

In some sentences DL has already begun to accept "telly" ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/amaybury

Too colloquial I suppose, although it is strictly correct.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OsoGegenHest

No. "TV" is accepted. "Telly" is not accepted because Americans happen not to say it. That's Duolingo.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/French_Bunny

Where do you say "Telly" ? You can suggest it (using the flag) even if the word is not universal.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/amaybury

Yup, so basically too colloquial/regionally different...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OsoGegenHest

No, not too colloquial. I just pointed out that they accept the colloquial "TV" abbreviation. Americans say "TV" whereas Britons say "TV" or "telly". Since Duolingo has a monumental American bias, anything that the developers don't happen to say gets neglected, no matter how common or standard it is.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarcusTurner

Can "teuer" legitimately be translated as "dear". This is often used in English as a synonym for "expensive".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/amaybury

Last I heard Duolingo wouldn't take it. It is a synonym for expensive, but to be honest, I think it is very rarely used. Perhaps it is to do with regional preference, but 'the television is dear' would sound very old-fashioned to me.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Seamus747

"Dear" was used much more commonly than "expensive" in Ireland when I was growing up there in the 1970s and 80s. I still hear it used a lot in the north of England too.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GalvanTivadar

Absolutely, it depends on the situation though. Cf. "Grau, teurer Freund, ist alle Theorie // Und grĂ¼n des Lebens goldner Baum." ("All theory, dear friend, is grey, but the golden tree of life springs ever green").


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JordanSpar2

ARGH! Again, a sentence with teuer where dear is not accepted! I thought this had been corrected!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOANNAKNEEBONE

And again in Feb 2015

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