Playing Instruments and Sports in French

Updated on October 28, 2017
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Zoe is a high school student who has been studying French since 7th grade.

Instruments

When saying you play an instrument in present tense, you must use 'jouer' (which means to play) and follow it 'de' + instrument.

Example

Je joue du piano.

(I play the piano.)

Je joue de la clarinette.

(I play the clarinet.)

If you want to give an opinion on how you play an instrument there are 2 ways:

  1. Using a describing verb + jouer + de + instrument". e.g. J'aime jouer du piano (I like playing piano).
  2. Using the subject + jouer + adjective + de + instrument e.g. Je joue mal de la guitare (I play the guitar badly).

I play the violin and piano, but I've always wanted to play the guitar.
I play the violin and piano, but I've always wanted to play the guitar. | Source


Sports

When saying you play a sport in present tense, you use 'jouer' or 'faire' and follow it with à + sport. You use 'faire' (which means 'to do' or 'to make') if you want to say 'I do + sport' and use 'jouer' if you want to say 'I play + sport'.

Example

Je joue au tennis.

(I play tennis.)

Je fais à la natation.

(I do swimming).

If you want to give an opinion on how you play a sport, there are 2 ways:

  1. Using a describing verb + jouer/faire + à + sport. e.g. Je n'aime pas jouer au foot
  2. Using the subject + jouer + adjective + à + sport e.g. Je joue pas mal aux échecs

I don't play much sport, but I do enjoy watching a good game of tennis!
I don't play much sport, but I do enjoy watching a good game of tennis! | Source

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Verb Table

 
Jouer
Faire
Je
Joue
Fais
Tu
Joues
Fais
Il/Elle/On
Joue
Fait
Nous
Jouons
Faisons
Vous
Jouez
Faites
Ils/Elles
Jouent
font
Passé Composé
J'ai joué
J'ai fait
Imparfait
Je jouerais
Je faisais
A verb table for Jouer and Faire.

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